Planet of Circus is an original film created, performed and filmed by the students of Circophony,
a youth circus ensemble based in Middletown, CT. Planet of Circus! is born out of an 8 week
production schedule, primarily on zoom, where students wrote and rehearsed scenes and then
translated them to a small screen. It is the story of the peaceful Planetians, a harmonious species
of circus creatures from Madeupplanetia! They live in balance with their planet, their circus
skills and one another -- that is, until aliens arrive! Follow our heroes as they dance, contort and
juggle their way out of danger and put their planet back in balance.
Directed by Oddfellows Circus Director Allison McDermott, the movie features technical
direction and animation by Brooklyn-based artist and puppeteer Andrew Murdock. Costumes
are designed by Marion Imbruglio, set and prop design by Robin Leet, sound design and original
music by Rowan Trowbridge-Wheeler, and additional circus and movement coaches for the
production include Leah Maille, Naja Muller and Pablo Puente.
The cast is made up of teen circus artists from all over, including Aislinn Carroll, Mike Colombo,
Asera Holley, Breanna Stielau, Artemis Trowbridge-Wheeler and Rowan Trowbridge-Wheeler of
Middletown; Grace Darby and Lila Delaronde of Portland; Emily Brainerd of Chester; Haylee
Weglarz of Deep River; Maya Cooper of Meriden; Ellie Kelly of New Britain; Patience Armstrong
of New Haven; and Kayla Robinson Smalls from Dacula, Georgia.
Circophony Teen Circus is a training and performance program for ages 12 - 20 run in collaboration
by Oddfellows Playhouse Youth Theater and ARTFARM. Spring training in acrobatics, juggling and
contortion will be offered outdoors this spring from April 13 to May 29. Circophony training is open
to all young people 12 - 20; previous circus experience is not required.
Oddfellows at email@example.com, call (8600 347-6143 , or go to www.oddfellows.org.
Circophony’s Planet of Circus is made possible with the generous support of the Connecticut Office
of the Arts/DECD; Middletown Commission on the Arts; The Fund for Greater Hartford; American
Savings Foundation; State of Connecticut Judicial Branch (Youth Violence Prevention); Evan Boyd
Knoll Memorial Fund; Middletown Youth Services Bureau; Thomas J. Atkins Memorial Trust Fund;
Middlesex United Way; CHEFA Cultural Relief Grant; New England Foundation for the Arts New
England Arts Resilience Fund; Community Foundation of Middlesex County; and many generous
go to https://oddfellows.recdesk.com/Community/Program