Experience a fantasy world of fairies, tricksters, mushroom dancers, and shadowy creatures as they all come to life in the high-flying aerial show Magical Unreality, presented by the Dangerous Prodigy Circus.
The story begins with Alice, a curious human who stumbles upon a magical bracelet and falls into the world of the fairies. Forces of darkness and light collide as she tries to find her way home. Never knowing who she can trust, she is ensnared by the greedy Jewel, led astray by Trickster and Creature, and enchanted by Flora and Lake. But an evil force is lurking, waiting for its moment to steal the magical bracelet and trap Alice in the fairy realm forever.
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 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.
Olivia started training on lyra, pole, and silks just a year ago, and she joined Dangerous Prodigy Circus in February. Her first show at the civic theatre and her first circus and aerials performance was just earlier this year for DPC’s Found Across Time. Olivia loves the spotlight and never turns down an opportunity to perform! She has two beautiful little girls and a very supportive husband. She holds her Masters in Social Work and is Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSWA).
Nikki Gardner has been training in aerial arts for over five years and teaches at Marz Aerial Arts & Fitness in James City. She is one of the founding members of Dangerous Prodigy Circus. This is her second show at the New Bern Civic theatre; she was also in Found Across Time. Nikki 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.
Victoria works as a Financial Services Representative by day and flies as an aerial instructor and student by night! Her journey with aerial arts and fitness began in January 2021 and within a few months she became an instructor for Marz Aerial Arts and Fitness and also joined Dangerous Prodigy Circus. She teaches Pole fitness, Polography, and also practices and trains for chair, lyra, silks and lighted flow arts. Victoria loves the performing spotlight. She has competed in Pole Sport Organization’s Cary Triangle Pole Competition, winning 1 st place in her category and level. She has also taken part in other New Bern Civic Theatre productions such as Rock of Ages and A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum. Victoria is so grateful for the opportunity to be on the stage again, doing what she truly
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 fourth time on the NBCT stage; she was part of Found Across Time, 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 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.