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Backstage at the big top: Watching Circus Vargas come to life

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Photo: L.E. Baskow

Circus Vargas | October 17, 2013

Usually when I cover a performance, it’s from the front of the house. With Circus Vargas coming to town, I thought it would be interesting to see how things unfold behind the scenes, watching the big top rise from a trailer in the Galleria parking lot to become a full-blown circus tent with all the lights, bleachers and equipment necessary to put on a great show.

I struck up a conversation with Matti Esqueda, the troupe’s clown, and found myself in his trailer as he touched up his makeup while watching a baseball game on TV. Esqueda and his fellow performers are professionals dedicated to their craft, but they’re also regular people, on the road 10 months of the year entertaining audiences of all ages.

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