Following is the circus press release:
The Greatest Show On Earth also announced two grassroots community programs to help ensure that Children of All Ages will be able to enjoy everything the Boardwalk has to offer in the Summer of 2009. The community programs, "The Coney Island Boom A Ring Brooklyn Borough Family Pass" and the "Cherie and David Kids Clown Coupon," are now active throughout Coney Island and Brooklyn. The Family Pass will allow families to spend just $8 on all non-VIP tickets to all weekday performances in June and July. With the Kids Coupon, families will be able to save $5 on each non-VIP kid ticket for every adult ticket sold. For the Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. shows, summer camps will save $5 on $20 tickets for groups of 15 or more.
Both sets of passes will be distributed via the Brooklyn Borough Public Library System, YMCAs, the Department of Recreations, and the New York City Housing Authority. The Coney Island Development Corporation will assist with the allocation to Coney Island schools and youth programs and the Brooklyn Tourism Visitors Center located in Brooklyn Borough Hall at 209 Joralemon Street will have the coupons on hand for families.
"This is just the first of many community programs we'll be engaging in throughout the summer," said Stephen C. Yaros, Feld Entertainment's VP of Event Marketing and Sales, Northeast Region. "Our goal is to reach out to families who live just a short drive or subway ride away. Coney Island is the ultimate New York staycation destination this summer and we want to make it as easy and affordable as possible for them all to enjoy The Greatest Show On Earth!"
Performances of The Coney Island Boom A Ring begin June 18 and will play through September 7. The air-conditioned tent will be located between the boardwalk and Surf Avenue, between 20th and 21st Streets. Ticket prices start at just $10 and range up to $65 for intimate Ringside seating. Ticket holders will be able to arrive an hour before show time for the All Access Pre-show to meet performers, learn circus skills and get a taste of the show before it even starts! On site will also be the Ringling Bros. Animal Open HouseSM where families will be able to get up close and personal with some of the show's four legged stars. This is an incredible opportunity for families to take pictures and ask questions of the animal-care staff who care for Ringling's performing partners 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
For a complete schedule of performances and more information on The Coney Island Boom A Ring, visit www.Ringling.com/ConeyIsland. Group orders can be taken through "Group Sales Box Office" at 800-223-7565 or BestofBroadway.com.
If all this is not enough to give you a chance to explore the circus this summer, they are now Tweetering on Twitter at Follow The Coney Island Boom A Ring on Twitter:@RBBBConeyIsland.