Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy Details & An Interview with Billy Jackson
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Acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, and much more exciting action will be flying through the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Atlantic City on Saturday, January 28, when Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy comes to town. Cirque Dreams brings the beauty of nature and the jungle to life with original music, fantastic costumes, and incredibly imaginative performances.
We sat down with Billy Jackson, an accomplished professional jump roper who is performing in Jungle Fantasy, about his career with Cirque Dreams, and what to expect from the show.
AC Blog: Starting from the very, very beginning, when did you first start performing?
Billy Jackson: I started performing when I was really young actually, I started dance classes and jump roping performances when I was about seven or eight years old. My mom put me in jump roping and dance just as an after school program, and she didn’t realize—and I certainly didn’t realize—that it would turn into my career, and that I’d still be jump roping and performing over 20 years later. It’s sort of crazy to think about, that I just did it when I was so young and never quit.
ACB: At what point did you realize that you wanted to do it professionally?
BJ: It had just been something that I was always doing, and I loved it, and I didn’t really see it as work. Now I look back on it and I’m like, “oh my gosh.” Because I was in the gym like four or five days a week practicing, and with all these hours I was putting in, and it does seem like a lot of work, and it was but I was just having so much fun that I didn’t realize it. But I think I was a senior in high school and I kind of realized that I wanted to do this professionally and started auditioning and sending out videos and things like that. So my junior and senior year of high school, I started to get serious about wanting to do this professionally, and actually getting paid for what I’ve been doing this whole time!
ACB: Exactly, you may as well make some money for it! So, when did you join Cirque Dreams?
BJ: I started at Cirque Dreams in 2009 with the first touring show of Cirque Dreams Holidaze, the holiday show that we put on. So I started with that show and since then I’ve done a number of their shows, including the one I’m on right now, Jungle Fantasy, which is the one coming to Caesars.
ACB: As a professional jump roper, do you do any jump roping in Jungle Fantasy?
BJ: I do. I have a little jump rope section in Jungle Fantasy which is hard to do, because normally, I would be with a four person act, but here, I’m by myself. So it’s fun to do a little solo thing here and there, it’s put in there really nicely, and it’s fun for me to do every night.
ACB: I know you’ve been one of the Jungle Boys in the past, is that the role you’re playing now in Jungle Fantasy?
BJ: I actually play the role of a grasshopper. We have a violinist and a singer, and I go along with them, helping tell the story in and out of each scene. It’s a lot of fun for me to do.
ACB: Do you like getting to be a grasshopper?
BJ: I do, it’s really fun! It’s a lot of hopping around, obviously, but it’s really fun to play that character and it makes you feel like you’re part of the jungle. Plus, I’m in these amazing costumes, and we have all of our costumes made at the Cirque Dreams studio. The costumes themselves in the show are amazing to look at, as well as the act.
ACB: Now, as a grasshopper, do you do any of the flying through the sky part of the show?
BJ: I do not, I don’t fly through the sky. My main acts would be jump roping and dancing, and then when the people are flying, I’m kind of helping tell the story along with the singer and the violinist. Though I’m just as amazed watching that every night as the audience is, and I see it every single day!
ACB: It must be awesome to get to have a kind of front row seat to that!
BJ: Yeah, I’m five feet from these people hanging from the sky by their feet and by their necks. It’s really amazing to see, and I don’t get tired of watching it!
ACB: Speaking of seeing the show like that, what can audience members expect when they’re going to see Jungle Fantasy?
BJ: You can expect fun music, we have all original music in the show which creates a fantasy feel and helps bring you into the world that we’re creating and showing to you. You’re also going to see amazing costumes, like I said, and we’re bringing them to life. You’re going to see butterflies literally flying through the air doing these amazing things. It’s really a show for the whole family which is exciting. Kids love the show because there’s a lot to look at and people are flying. Adults love it as well, there’s never a dull moment in the show.
There’s still time to get your tickets for this high-flying jungle spectacle which will be in the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars on Jan. 28! With fun original music, beautiful costumes, and amazing acrobatic feats happening in high in the air, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy is fun for the whole family that you definitely won’t want to miss. Click here for tickets, and for the latest deals on a room to stay in after the show, click here.
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