Join Us for 'LGBTQ+ Night at the Circus Spectacular!'


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday February 19, 2020

The Circus Spectacular is a dazzling fundraising event. Starring guest artists from circuses around the world, this is a unique opportunity to see some of today's most renowned high flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers in Brattleboro on the Latchis Theater stage. An evening of incredible, world-class entertainment that supports scholarship and outreach programming that affects LGBTQ youth, families & circus professionals!

Over a third of those enrolled in NECCA's programs (professionals, adults and kids) are either LGBTQ or and/or are being raised in same-sex parent households. NECCA is an oasis of support, trust, love and positive reinforcement for these LGBTQ kids, adults and families!

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Circus Spectacular, NECCA has launched a Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ+ students enrolling in NECCA's adult, youth and professional track programs — and will host a pre-show LGBTQ (and allies) reception & benefit to celebrate the scholarship launch, prior to the Saturday night show.

The reception features special VIP circus cast appearances, door prize, $3,000+ in raffle prizes topped with an all-inclusive "Brattlelicious, BrattleFabulous Weekend for Two" Grand Prize, light appetizers and cash bar at Echo Restaurant (across the street from the Lachis theater) 69 Main street Brattleboro. Plus, special Master of Ceremonies, professional circus performer and NECCA Graduate Marshall Jarreau! Admission is free and all are welcome!

What's a Circus Spectacular you ask? For this special, once-a-year benefit, the New England Center for Circus Arts invites NECCA alumni and professional performers from around the world to donate their talents to raise money for NECCA's outreach and scholarship programs that among other things helps at-risk, LGBTQ and questioning youth. NECCA provides them with the opportunity to discover, develop themselves and grow in an unconditional and nurturing LGBTQ -friendly environment that they can call home!

"I know the difference that an organization like NECCA can make in the lives of kids and adults who may be a bit different than the mainstream," notes Scholarship event coordinator Scott Heller. "As a child/teen gymnast and an adult who has competed several times in the Gay Olympic Games as well as in gay masters swimming leagues, I have experienced firsthand the joy that athletics and movement have brought to myself and to others. Moreover, I know the Circus Spectacular will be an engaging and enriching experience for all who join us, and the pre-show reception/benefit for the LGBTQ scholarship raises funds for a wonderful cause!"

Join Us for an LGBTQ... and Allies!... Night at the Circus

The excitement begins at Echo Restaurant across from the Latchis Theater! Join us from 5-7 pm for a pre-show Reception & Benefit to launch NECCA's new LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund with VIP Circus Cast appearances, raffle prizes, food, and cash bar. Plus, special Master of Ceremonies, professional circus performer and NECCA Graduate Marshall Jarreau!

Join us as the fun moves across the street to the Latchis Theater for the 7:30 pm performance of the 10th Annual Circus Spectacular!

Can't join us? No worries! Make your donation to NECCA's LGBTQ+ Scholarship Fund here or at the link below. You can also purchase Circus Spectacular tickets here or at the link below! Note that VIP seat ticketholders get a free drink ticket redeemable at the LGBTQ+ Scholarship Reception & Benefit!

Free Surprise Circus Gifts for all who join us!

Exciting Door Prize 24? x 19? large-format "Performance Circus Art" photograph shot by Brattleboro photographer Jeff Lewis, professionally double-matted and framed ($350 Value)!

Over $3,000 in Raffle Prizes including...

  • The LGBTQ+ Scholarship Raffle Drawing Grand Prize is an all-expense paid, LOVE BRATTLEBORO VT "BrattleLicious, BrattleFabulous Weekend for Two" which includes three night's lodging at the Latchis Hotel, a Deluxe Vermont specialty food & bodycare welcome basket from Duttons Berry Farm, Farmstand & Greenhouse, daily farm-to-table lunch and dinner at top local eateries — including T.J. Buckleys, The Blue Moose Bistro, Hazel, The Fat Crow, A Vermont Table, Top of the Hill Grill & BBQ, specialty food tasting at Grafton Village Cheese, distillery tasting at Saxton's River Distillery, brewery hop at Hermit Thrush Brewery, flying trapeze lessons for two at the New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA), and a glassblowing & pottery making experiences at Fire Arts Vermont — and more — a $1,500+ value! Simply BrattleLicious & BrattleFabulous!

  • Grand Prize: All-inclusive "BrattleLicious, BrattleFabulous Weekend for Two" includes three night's lodging, Vermont bodycare & specialty food welcome basket, farm-to-table lunch and dinner at top local eateries each day, specialty food & distillery tastings, brewery hop, flying trapeze lessons for two, glassblowing and more! (a $1,500+ Value) Additional Raffle prizes include:

    -Winter Rendezvous Gay Ski Week Stowe Passes ($500 Value)

    -Frog Meadow $300 Gift Certificate

    -Beacon Light Guesthouse Provincetown

    -$300 Gift Certificate

    -Bloomin' Antiques Fitzwilliam NH $200 Gift Certificate

    -The Lodge at West River Newfane $130 Gift Certificate

    -OutRyders LGBTQ Ski Club Memberships ($110 Value)

    -NECCA Flying Trapeze Lessons for Two ($100 Value)

    -Shapeshifters Apparel $100 Gift Certificate

    -Mountainside Camping $100 Gift Certificate

    -George J. Brooks Florist $50 Gift Certificate

    -Windham Movement Apparel $50 Gift Certificate

    So, join us for AN LGBTQ+ NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS SPECTACULAR and pre-show LGBTQ+ Scholarship launch reception & benefit! You'll connect with friends old and new and see dazzling performers from around the globe, including high flying aerialists, acrobats, jugglers and more who will bring you thrills, laughter, awe and community at the historic Lachis Theater in downtown Brattleboro!

    Full details are at Note that because this show typically sells out, we suggest that you purchase tickets in advance. Ticket prices range from $15 to $50.

    Thank You and we hope to see you at the CIRCUS SPECTACULAR on March 7 at 7.30 PM and the LGBTQ (and allies) Pre-Show Scholarship Reception & Benefit across the street at ECHO Restaurant from 5-7 PM