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By Aliya Hall
The Creswell Chronicle 

Creative Chaos performs "Under the Big Top" at Opal Center


September 13, 2018

Aliya Hall/The Creswell Chronicle

(left to right) Clowns Eric Nilsen, Ryan Britton and Gary Hilgendorf emerge from the clown car to dance during opening night of "Under the Big Top" on Friday, Sept. 9. The actors are part of Creative Chaos Actors, which is a troupe specifically for disabled actors.

At the circus, one never knows what types of characters will be performing. In "Under the Big Top" written and directed by Carmen Dowell, these characters introduce themselves to the audience as they audition for a spot in the circus. There are clowns, hippie unicorn trainers and maybe even Lions?

In the show, ringmaster Carmen Dowell seeks the help of Creswell's Chip Gernhardt, lion tamer, and Monica Venice, fortune teller, to put together their own circus. For two days, Dowell and Gernhardt watch the talented acts of Michael Wilson, the amazing laughing man; Trevor Thomas, snake charmer;...

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