The 41st annual El Kalah Temple Shrine Circus will be presented on Wednesday, June 19, in Ogden, and on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, in the Salt Palace Acord Arena in Salt Lake City. Performances will be at 2 and 8 p.m. all three days, with proceeds funding the El Kalah Temple's operating budget.
According to Ernest A. Zaharias, circus chairman, and Melvin R. Walker, Ogden, temple potentate, performers from the Coronas of Hollywood Inc. Circus will present 16 acts in three rings.Acts in the Florida-based circus, which tours from April through October, will include the Castros, a high-wire act from Colombia, South America; the famous Globe of Death daredevils; Chip Arthur's trained elephants; Miss Diane's trained horses; the Lunas, flying trapeze artists; and lots of clowns, including the Kobblestone Kops and the Mad Hatters.
The circus will also feature an "acro-sport" presentation titled "The Marble in Motion," featuring Greco-American athletes in striking tableaus.
Since the 1830s, the Coronas has been a Landkas family affair.
Owner Serge Landkas is a fourth-generation circus performer. His great-grandfather began the troupe in the family's native Czechoslovakia.
Following a serious mishap in Bratisslava, when the rigging collapsed and seven family members fell to the ground, the circus was grounded for a few years, but a new Coronas (a Czech word meaning crown and good fortune) show embarked on a European tour shortly after World War II.
The Coronas performers brought their families to the United States in 1952, premiering at the Steel Pier in Atlantic City and establishing a winter quarters in Hollywood, Fla.
Admission for all Utah performances will be $6 for adults and $3 for children.
For the Ogden shows, tickets will be available in advance from the circus office in the Kiesel Building, or at the gate at Ogden Stadium. In Salt Lake, tickets are available from the Salt Palace box office.
In addition, there will be discounts for those bringing two labels from canned goods and other merchandise in a specially marked color advertising insert in last Tuesday's Deseret News and the Wednesday Salt Lake Tribune. The ad features coupons good at Albertson's, Smith's, Harmon's and Ream's grocery stores.
There are 192 Shrine Temples in North America. Shriners' activities include providing affordable care for children in 19 orthopedic hospitals and three burn-center hospitals across the country.