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Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all Ages…Welcome to the Circus

Olivia Arza, Crown Writer

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A large red and white tent stands tall with the smell of popcorn, peanuts, and cotton candy filling the air; the joy of children is all around.  Clowns on bicycles and people on stilts are greeting families of all ages to the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Children are in awe of all of the vibrant colors, lights, and the blaring music. The anticipation builds as the lights begin to dim and the ringmaster takes his microphone. The Greatest Showman takes his stage and says, “Let the circus begin.”

The movie, The Greatest Showman, is about P.T. Barnum and his circus. Barnum originally created Barnum’s American Museum which was a museum filled with wax figures. His children insisted that he create something that could come alive. So P.T. made it a mission to find people who were considered “freaks”. The first person he could find was a young man who was born with dwarfism. Later, he acquired a bearded woman, a boy who looked like a dog, a man covered in tattoos, an extremely tall man, and siblings who were trapeze artists. All of these people were rejected by society due to color, appearance, and stature. These people were now finally able to share their talents as a form of entertainment.

  Music is used throughout the movie to show emotions and to make the viewers feel as if they are actually at the circus. Towards the end of the movie, Barnum started to manage a Swedish singer named Jenny Lind who performed for the first time in America. After she performed, the circus performers wanted to go to the after party but were pushed away due to the embarrassment of how they looked. The bearded woman realized what was going on and decided to stand up for herself and the rest of the performers. She starts to sing the song “This is Me,” which won Best Original Song at the Golden Globes recently. This song is a powerful moment in the movie because it shows the performers breaking the stereotype during that society. Molly Mocogni (12), explained her favorite part, “This is Me’ is my favorite part of the movie because it shows them coming together as a team.” During the movie, when songs were performed, the actors performed choreographed dances to show and emphasize the emotions being portrayed. Bright lights and colorful costumes made the songs come alive and create a magical experience.The Greatest Showman strives to show the coming together of unique people, proving that they should be treated as equally as everyone else in the world.    

 P.T. Barnum had “A Million Dreams” and he worked eagerly to achieve them all. Claire Chrzan (12) shared what she believed the moral of the story was, “I learned from the movie to never give up on your dreams.” Barnum made the dreams of his circus performers come to life. He used their uniqueness to inspire other people to no longer be ashamed of being different. In the movie, Barnum said, “A million dreams for the world we’re going to make.” He used his dreams to create a lifelong experience and leave his mark on the circus for years to come. The Greatest Showman is a wonderful movie that brought to life the circus. Just like watching a real circus, smiles are brought to the faces of people.  As the circus begins to conclude, children are smiling ear to ear with the hope of seeing the circus again.     

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