Artist Connect: Benny and Bebe's Magic Circus

In an effort to connect our communities and networks with our teaching artists, we are beginning a new blog series called "Artist Connect". Each week, we will feature one of our artists on our roster and dive deeper into their art form and history with Young Audiences. 

In honor of the month of March being Theater in Schools Month, Young Audiences honors our artists who showcase the power of theater in arts education. All "Artist Connect" blog posts will feature our many artists who use theater to engage students. 

Remember: Young Audiences is offering a $100 discount on Benny and Bebe's Magic Circus and nine other roster artists. Available until March 31st! Find out more about that here

 Magic Circus, an award-winning, educational entertainment theater company, provides assembly programs with science enrichment, environmental and visual education, as well as multicultural, history and performing arts learning. All of their programs include enthusiastic audience participation.

Magic Circus, an award-winning, educational entertainment theater company, provides assembly programs with science enrichment, environmental and visual education, as well as multicultural, history and performing arts learning. All of their programs include enthusiastic audience participation.

Getting to know...Benny & Bebe's Magic Circus

Can you tell us a little bit about your art form?

We combine performing arts such as acting, mime, dance, magic, circus arts and music. Our science program also includes visual arts with giant optical illusions.

What is your teaching philosophy and how do you use that to approach each new audience/classroom?

We like to inspire students and show them that learning is fun and a life long process. Waking student's enthusiasm about learning and discovering is something that fills our hearts. Each audience is slightly different and each performing situation has its own challenges. To be in the moment with that keeps our performances fresh and alive

How do the lessons and skills you teach students about or through your art form apply to their everyday life outside of the classroom?

Part of our science program is environmental education where we motivate students
to change their everyday behavior when it comes to caring about the environment
with simple steps such as recycling and using a cloth bag to go shopping.

With our multicultural program, we try to build bridges to show the humor and
common humanity in all cultures around the world. Students with multicultural
background identify with the vignettes from their countries of origin.

Why do you believe it is important for every student to have access to the arts?

Artistic expression fosters self esteem and creativity that will help also in academic
learning.

What are three words that describe your performances?

Science - Magic - Multicultural learning

What has been the most memorable part of the programs you have brought to
students with Young Audiences? Do you have a favorite memory from a program?

There are many favorite memories - one of them is when after our science show
students came up to us and said “ I want to become a scientist too”. Another one is
the feedback from a teacher after our multicultural show at a school with low income
families. He said: “ You brought the world to our students!”

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Thank you to Benny Buettner and Bebe Conrad for providing these responses. Learn more about them here!

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