The Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1200 is the latest star featured on the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus world tour. The “Greatest Show on Earth”, founded in 1884, has been entertaining audiences for over 100 years and delivers fun, fantasy, animals and whimsical talent to millions of people every year.
Feld Entertainment, Inc., known as the “spine-tingling, giggle-making specialists” and one of the world’s largest source of live family entertainment has owned Ringling Bros. since 1967, when Irvin Feld purchased the show from John Ringling North. Irvin Feld and his son, Kenneth, are credited for raising the production quality of the show and raising the bar for the circus, through aggressive promotion and creative marketing, in addition to introducing multicultural, educational and preservation initiatives. Ringling Bros. is now unrivalled in size, quality, popularity, attendance and the number of cities visited.
The current tour, the “Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Party & Show” has for the first time in its 125-year history included a European leg including stops in Italy and Spain. The current tour debuted in West Palm Beach, Florida in December 2007 and has already visited 25 states in America with over 1.2 million spectators.
The show travels with its own lighting rig on a rigorous non-stop schedule, with the main workhorse fixtures being Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1200 luminaires, which have been on the show for nearly 2 years.
Dennis Flenniken, Electrical Operations Manager for Feld Entertainment says, “We really enjoy working with the whole Clay Paky group as they go the extra mile to make sure their fixtures are perfect. The service is hands down the very best in the industry!”
He continues, “I have been with Feld Entertainment for 28 years and worked with just about every kind of light there is. The Alpha series is the best series of moving lights to come along in years! We like the Alphas first of all because of the brightness, secondly for all of the extra features and effects that come standard on them.”
Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Sales Manager for the Americas says, “Feld Entertainment is an amazing company, delivering fun and wonder to audiences of all ages. We’re proud to support such an exemplary organization.”
Feld Entertainment also produces well-known shows such as Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and High School Musical – The Ice Tour.