It’s one of the biggest stories in the history of South Western Ontario. Literally.
From playwright Sean Dixon (The Wilberforce Hotel, Lost Heir), comes the story of one of the biggest names in show business, the one, the only, Jumbo the Elephant.
In the early fall of 1885, P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth toured South Western Ontario, playing to sold out crowds. On the bill, among the snake charmer, the aerialists, the tightrope walkers, the contortionists, and the famous bearded lady, Annie Jones, were 28 elephants led by the world renowned Jumbo.
Between their stops in Guelph and London, Barnum’s circus played the bustling railroad city of St. Thomas, Ontario to standing ovations. But on that fateful night, when the circus cars were being packed back up, an unscheduled freight train, traveling unbreakably fast through the railyard, ended the career, and the life, of the biggest superstar in the world.
A cast of larger-than-life characters, including PT Barnum himself, Matthew Scott the elephant trainer, the Bearded Annie Jones, and a world-famous taxidermist, fill this riveting play that brings a Jumbo-sized Ontario history to life, memorializing the legendary final performance of the most famous pachyderm the world has ever known.
Written by Sean Dixon
Directed by Gil Garratt
Circus Master Manon Beaudoin
(Image by Kelly Stevenson)
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