Notable acts include the return of several students who trained in NECCA’s professional programs and are now headlining throughout the world. Marshall Jarreau graduated from the school’s professional program in 2011 with a contract for Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas show”Love.” He now freelances with his aerial chains act and is currently appearing in Orchid, which is headed to New York City under a speigeltent.
Morgan Oldham came to NECCA from the Boston area and upon graduation garnered a contract with Cirque Polynesia in Hawaii. She will be bringing her contortion act to NECCA. Also now based in Boston are Roger May and Ellen Waylonis - May. She toured with the Cirque Productions show Holidaze as an aerialist after graduating in 2011 and both freelance with their partner acrobatic act. Emcee personalities this year will be NECCA coach Bill Forchion, formerly with Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers, and Forever Marzipan comedy aerial duo Elise “Teddy” Sipos and Gwynne Flanagan who graduated in 2012.
All proceeds for the benefit show will go toward NECCA’s outreach programming that provides noncompetitive physical and creative experiences for students who would not otherwise have access to NECCA programs. Circus provides a diverse medium through which to help people of all ages and abilities learn life skills such as perseverance and cooperation, as well as experience the exhilarating adrenaline rush of learning to fly and balance and stretch, creating stronger, healthier bodies. Many benefit from these opportunities including autistic children from Inspire for Autism, foster children from Northeastern Family Institute, poverty-challenged youth in Brattleboro Housing developments, cancer survivors and their families with Forest Moon, youth at the Brattleboro Boys & Girls Club, and others. Scholarships are also provided to at least 25% of the school’s 2,000 students who range in age from 18 months to 80+ years.