Famous American Circus to Broadcast Last Show on Facebook
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, a famous American circus, will broadcast its final performance on Facebook Live.
Earlier this year, Feld Entertainment, the company that owns the famous circus, said that the show would end in May.
The plan is to stream the last show on social media and on the circus's website. The final show will be May 21st, in New York.
Kristen Michelle Wilson, Ringling's first female ringmaster, will host the event.
The history of the circus in America
A circus is a traveling show that is often performed in a tent. These shows include trained animals, clowns and acrobats.
The circus has been a popular form of entertainment in the United States since the mid-1800s.
At that time, Phineas Taylor Barnum made a travelling show with animals and human oddities popular. The five Ringling brothers performed juggling acts and skits in the American state of Wisconsin.
Eventually, Barnum's group joined with the Ringling Brothers to form what has been called the first modern circus.
Reasons for the decline of the circus
The circus's decline had many reasons. They include changing public tastes, high operating costs, and public battles with animal rights groups.
Sam Gomez is the circus's vice president of digital and relationship marketing. He says that organizers of the final show believe many people will watch it on phones and tablet computers.
"It's basically a TV shoot and we're certainly thinking about lighting and sound," Gomez said. "We've had lots of conversations about tight shots so you can see the performer's skill and expressions and their artistry."
Gomez said Ringling would leave the video online for a short time, but not forever.
The live show allows people to "witness the end of an era." Gomez said, "We wanted to give families around the world one last chance to experience 'the greatest show on earth' together."
I'm John Russell.
1.social media 社交媒体
We have all witnessed the power of social media.
2.public taste 公众喜好
Fred Terry catered to the public taste for sentimental plays.
3.operating cost 运营成本
Online transactions lower our operating cost.
4.one last chance 最后的机会
In my desperation, I decided to give you one last chance.
1.Gomez said Ringling would leave the video online for a short time, but not forever.
for a short time 暂时的；一会儿
It is extremely important to study for a short time every day.
They only stay in China for a short time.
2.The live show allows people to "witness the end of an era."
the end of an era 一个时代的终结
The end of an era presupposes the start of another.
His death marked the end of an era.
最后一场演出将通过社交媒体和马戏团官网进行直播 。终场演出将于5月21日在纽约拉开帷幕 。
玲玲马戏团的首位女领班——克里斯汀·米歇尔·威尔逊（Kristen Michelle Wilson）将主持这场演出 。
马戏团常以巡回演出的方式在帐篷里表演 。表演节目包括受训过的动物、小丑和杂技演员 。
当时，菲尼亚斯·泰勒·巴纳姆（Phineas Taylor Barnum）组织了一次由动物和特技演员组成的巡回演出，名声大噪 。当时的玲玲五兄弟在美国威斯康星州表演杂耍和小品 。
马戏团走向没落的原因众多 。包括公众口味的改变，高昂的运营成本及动物保护组织的公开抗议等因素 。
山姆·戈麦斯（Sam Gomez）是马戏团数字和关系营销的副总裁 。他表示，活动主办方相信很多人会通过手机和平板电脑观看终场表演 。
戈麦斯指出，这次直播演出让人们“见证了一个时代的终结” 。“我们希望为全世界的家庭提供最后的机会，让他们体验‘地球上最伟大的演出’” 。