PUTNEY -- Students of New England Center for Circus Arts’ Professional Track program continue their graduation performances, "Eighteen Tickets to Elsewhere," Thursday to Saturday at Landmark College’s Greenhoe Theater.

Performances of "Eighteen Tickets to Elsewhere" are family-friendly and include trapezes and acrobatics, juggling and giant wheels, tight wire, duo trapeze, straps, a stilt act and an aerial act on apparatus NECCA invented.

Eighteen such people will grace the stage, capping up to two years of high-level training with NECCA by showing off acts they’ve developed. It’s the only elite training program of its kind in the United States, and its participants are gaining acclaim around the world. Graduates from previous years are gracing the stage at Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros, Sept Doigt de la Main and other top circus shows around the world.

A 10:30 a.m. family performance is set for Thursday. On Friday, performance is at 7:30 p.m., and performances on Saturday are at 3 and 7:30 p.m.

Tickets range from $8-12 and can be purchased at www.necenterforcircusarts.org. For information, call 802-254-9780. Advance purchase is recommended.

Saturday is also A Day at the Circus for cancer survivors and their families. The experience includes a circus skills workshop followed by a trip to the show. This event is open to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis at any stage, and up to three family members age 10 and up.


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Workshops take place from noon to 2 p.m., at NECCA’s studios in the Cotton Mill, followed by the 3 p.m. performance.

Participation in this special program, funded in part by the Symington Foundation, is free. Space is limited so registration is required. Contact NECCA by e-mailing survivors@necenterforcircusarts.com or calling 413-625-2402.