Ringmaster Bruce Embrey
In July, Y-Press young journalists interviewed ringmaster Bruce Embrey, a former juvenile judge and 28-year veteran volunteer at Peru's amateur circus. With a front row seat to extraordinary performances, Ringmaster Embrey considers himself lucky to witness these young circus performers.
Y-Press editor Beverly Jenkins,16
Brooklyn Wood, 10
Ten-year-old Brooklyn Wood, a Peru amateur circus member, says she loves to perform and has no of fear of dangling 30 feet in the air on a trapeze bar. While the circus performing is a family trademark, when she's away from the big top her many other interests include four wheeling and hunting small game.
Y-Press editor Warren Stokes, 17
Brittany Vincent, 15
Brittany Vincent, 15, has spent her last three summer at the circus. She talks about her most difficult act and the circus's positive impact on her life. Performers like Brittany train for several months leading up to their July shows. Some even take their acts on the road to shows around the Midwest.
Y-Press editor Laura Mangan, 14
Cameron Cooper, 18
Eighteen-year-old Cameron Cooper has been involved in the Peru amateur circus for most of his life -- 13 years to be exact. Beginning as a kiddie clown, progressing to fire juggler, this summer he's using muscles for catching, throwing and spotting other performers.
Y-Press editor Meher Ahmad, 17
Terran Cooper, 17
Terran Cooper has a history with the circus – 49 years to be exact. Her grandmother was instrumental in getting Peru's amateur circus off the ground. Following in her family's footsteps the 17-year-old performs a variety of acts including rolla bolla, tumbling and high wire. She reveals why she keeps coming back to the circus summer after summer.