Join the Dangerous Prodigy Circus for Found Across Time, their premiere with the New Bern Civic Theatre, and experience the magic of the circus as you follow Calliope, a wanderlust explorer on this high-flying adventure through the decades! Excitement, heartbreak, and mystery paves the road for the ever curious Calliope, but who is to say where she will end up?

Performers

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Kara Jordan

The Traveler 

Kara grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the birthplace of the Ringling Brothers Circus. She grew up watching the circus and dreaming of being in the big tent. After committing 21 years to horseback riding and 5 years to aerial arts, she was hired on as a rider for the Alanian Riders to perform in Circus Sarasota in early 2020. Since then she has built her own troupe, Dangerous Prodigy Circus, with the help of her ever-loyal friends and fellow performers.

Devon Beckett

The Traveler 

Devon has been practicing aerial arts for over five years. She currently teaches silks at Marz Aerial Arts & Fitness in James City and has experience teaching lyra, pole, and choreography class as well. Outside of the studio, she dabbles in hula hoops and other flow arts. She loves performing, costume making, and helping others put routines together. Devon made her New Bern Civic Theatre debut in November 2021 in Rock of Ages, and she is thrilled to be back on this stage. She has a degree in Materials Science and Engineering and works as a Senior Failure Analyst conducting forensic aircraft investigations at Cherry Point. 

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Olivia Brown

The Traveler 

Olivia started training on lyra, pole, and silks just six months ago, and she joined Dangerous Prodigy Circus in February. This is her first show at the civic theatre and her first circus and aerials performance — and she is beyond excited to be part of this show. Olivia has two beautiful little girls and a very supportive husband. She will graduate this May with her Masters in Social Work and two provisional licensures, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSWA)  and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCASA)

Nikki Gardner

The Traveler 

Nikki Gardner has been training in aerial arts for over five years. She is one of the founding members of Dangerous Prodigy Circus. This is her fifth DPC performance but her first time on the civic theatre stage. She is also DPC’s graphic designer and social media coordinator. When not flying through the air, Nikki can also be found diving with sharks or twinning with Banx, her goldendoodle. 

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Victoria McGarvey

The Traveler 

Victoria works as a Financial Services Representative at SECU by day and flies as an aerial instructor and student by night. She joined the aerial fitness world in January of 2021, and by May of 2021 she was an instructor at Marz Aerial Arts & Fitness and member of this circus group She teaches pole fitness and poleography, and she dabbles in chair, lyra, silks, and lighted flow arts. Victoria loves the performing spotlight and everything performance related — she just wants to do all the things! Recently competing in Pole Sport Organization’s Cary Triangle Pole Competition, she won 1st place in her category and level. Victoria debuted with the Civic Theatre for their Rock of Ages show in November 2021 and is so grateful for the opportunity to be on their stage again, doing what she truly loves....performing!

Craig Ramey

The Storyteller

Craig is a stone cold fox. He’s got the baritone speaking voice of a god. And he does whatever his wife asks of him. He’s pretty much just the best.

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Amélie Saxon

The Traveler 

Amélie has been training as an aerialist since 2018. She is in 8th grade at H. J. MacDonald Middle School where she also runs track and performs with the show choir. While this show is Amélie’s first time performing with the circus, it is her third time on the NBCT stage; she was part of Willy Wonka Jr production in the months leading up to the 2020 shutdown and the Nutcracker in 2015. Whether she is on the lyra, silks, cube, or sphere, she is happiest when she is spinning fast and hanging upside down.

Jessica Saxon

The Traveler

Jessica started her aerialist journey in 2018. She has trained on lyra, cube, sphere, chairs, and pole, and she currently teaches lyra and poleography classes at Marz Aerial Arts & Fitness. Jess loved every minute of her first NBCT performance in Rock of Ages in November 2021 with Devon and Victoria, and she is so happy that the circus can be on this stage. In addition to her circus and aerial work, she is the researcher and writer for the Small Town News podcast. Jess also has a PhD in Victorian literature and teaches at a local college.

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Darrio The Great

The Traveler's Companion

Darrio is a Very Good Boy, isn’t he?

Technical Crew

Sarah Carmody

Photographer and Videographer

Sarah Carmody (photographer and videographer)

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Marzanne Draves

Owner, Marz Aerial Arts & Fitness

Marzanne got her start in the world of aerial arts by leading the integration of aerial silk for a theatre production of Big Fish in 2014. She picked up lyra, pole, trapeze, and other apparatuses when she moved to New Bern in 2017. She took over as owner of the aerials studio in August 2021, teaches classes, supports the most wonderful team of instructors and performers, and can be found on stage with the Dangerous Prodigy Circus when she’s able to find the time. She has a degree in Industrial Engineering from NC State and is a Material Flow Engineer at Moen, and couldn’t do it all without the support of the circus team, the Marz Aerial team, her parents, and her amazing husband, Blake Draves.

Tatiana Merizalde

Song and Sound Supervisor

Tatiana: Music editor, aerialist supporting aerialists, no. 1 fan, thats all I got haha

Tatianna is a bad bitch who is completely committed to supporting her fellow aerialists. She helps them with their career — and not just a little. She always holds them down and never holds them back.

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Dennis Creamer

Pulley Extraordinaire

Dennis finds himself volun-told as an official Dangerous Prodigy Member. He specializes in heavy lifting, errand running, and having all the things. He is a newly designated pulley extraordinaire and can be found lurking in the background lifting all the things. 

Don't look for a smile in his photo, however, it is hidden behind beard and layers of grump.