The Super American Circus is in town!

Posted on Nov 13 2019

The Super American Circus performers have a picture taken with CNMI first lady Diann Torres, seated left, and the Lady Diann Torres Foundation staff. LDTF, with Joeten Enterprises, Inc. brought the Super American Circus to the CNMI. (Iva Maurin)

For the first time in 10 years, the CNMI will again be able to experience the thrill of the circus.

The Super American Circus is on the island bringing its “best of the best,” award-winning performers from all over the world to provide entertainment from Nov. 15 to 17 at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium in Susupe.

Super American Circus presenter Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas, who brought the circus to the islands 10 years ago and has produced and managed more than 5,000 shows in the U.S. and around the world, brings with him this year an all-star cast of aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, balancing acts, and daredevils to provide for an interactive “Superhero” circus experience.

In a press briefing yesterday at the Chambre Bar of the Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan in Garapan, Nicholas said, “It is so cool to hear a grownup say he has never been to the circus before. …To go to a place as beautiful and exotic as Saipan and have a group of people who have not seen a circus ever, you are going to go excited.”

“That show that we brought 10 years ago was a good show, but this one is the best,” Nicholas added.

The “superheroes” include Martin Espana (daredevil), Tammy Firefly (aerial star fire act), Ivan (cyr wheel and unicycle), Sasha (foot juggling and rolla bolla), Cristina and Alex (comedy juggling), Vivian and Keren (aerialists on silks), Montana (aerialist on Spanish web and violinist), Olena (hula hoop artist), Olex Kartukov (comic juggler and clown), and Elaine Alcorn (vocalist and ringmaster).

Blake Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the Wallenda family that is world-famous for their tightrope walks, is also going to be performing with the Super American Circus.

Lady Diann Torres Foundation vice president Geri Dela Cruz said that bringing the circus to Saipan is one of the foundation’s ways to give back to the community. “We know that the people of the CNMI, on Saipan in particular, have not had a circus in the past 10 years and, when we were presented the opportunity, we said this would be a perfect idea,” Dela Cruz added.

“Growing up, we all remember Circus Bruno as a little kid,” CNMI first lady Diann Torres recalls. “We figured we remember those fond memories, why not give it to the kids? They just deserve to have memories like that.”

Showtimes are Nov 15, Friday, 7:30pm; Nov 16, Saturday, 1 pm, 4pm, 7:30pm; and Nov 17, Sunday, 1pm, 4pm, 7:30pm.

Tickets to the Super American Circus are available online at

Iva Maurin | Correspondent
Iva Maurin is a communications specialist with environment and community outreach experience in the Philippines and in California. She has a background in graphic arts and is the Saipan Tribune’s community and environment reporter. Contact her at
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