Historic City Hall to host new exhibition, Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965.  The exhibit is free and open to all ages.

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Don't miss the all new exhibit at Historic City Hall in Lake Charles.  Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890 – 1965 is an amazing look at what the circus would have been like back in the day.  Though the first know circus took place in Europe in the 1700's, Americans John Bill Ricketts and P.T. Barnum perfected and introduced the first sideshows in the U.S. in the 1900's.

Timothy Tegge is the curator for Step Right Up!  He's, a longtime circus historian, collector, and a second generation circus performer.  Tegge's first appearance under the big top  was with his father at the age of three, as a clown.  He became a career clown for his family-owned TNT & Royal Olympic Circus.  To this day, Tegge continues to perform in circuses across the country mainly as an illusionist, ringmaster, performance director.  Every once in a while he's go back to his roots and perform as a clown.

An opening reception will take place at Historic City Hall Friday, January 30 from 5:30-8 pm, free and open to all ages and refreshments will be served.  See the exhibit Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Step Right Up! exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, the oldest nonprofit regional arts organization in the United States.  ExhibitsUSA sends more than 25 exhibitions on tour to more than 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. For more info go to www.maaa.org and www.eusa.org.

Also opening, is the Visible Visions of Southwest Louisiana and Beyond exhibition by Timothy Fontenot.  This exhibit will run through April 11.