Requirements and Involvement
From the first Monday of Fall classes, both active and prospective members attend practices at 7 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings and 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoons in the South Gymnasium at Horton Field house. During this time, active and prospective troupe members work together learning skills, setting up and taking down equipment for practices, putting together acts for various performances, and most importantly - developing friendships that will last a lifetime.
Students who want to join the circus must audition. Auditioning students are judged on their progress and skill development, cooperative spirit, variety and execution, strength and their potential as a circus performer. Auditions are judged by the circus directors and by Gamma Phi's student leadership-the captains of various acts. Each new member is required to attend practices, serve on various committees that help run the circus, perform in two small exhibitions and the home shows.
Spring semester is spent developing and learning acts, making costumes, creating publicity materials, selling tickets, developing the Circus Souvenir Program and annual yearbook, performing in Road Shows and of course, performing in the Home Shows. Although membership in Gamma Phi Circus requires hard work, dedication, cooperation, and adherence to circus rules, the group is permeated with a spirit of cooperation and "togetherness."
Students who want to be part of Gamma Phi Circus but who are admitted in the Spring can serve as a member of the backstage crew that semester. They must meet the requirements as a member in good standing.
Gamma Phi's professional staff and student performers place a premium on safety. Marcus Alouan, Gamma Phi's director, has experience in training circus performers from amateurs to professionals. The circus has a strong safety record and it periodically invests in new equipment designed to enhance safety. In fact, with the growing popularity of live stunt shows there is an increasing inventory of equipment specifically engineered to enhance safety.