小编摘要：林林家族杂技团的最新表演叫做“飞龙”。 马戏团主人 Jonathan Iverson 曾经是歌剧歌手，在 10 年前加入该马戏团。他是被该马戏团自称为地球上最伟大表演的历史和神奇所吸引而加入的。
Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey ’s newest show is called “Dragons”.
Ring master Jonathan Iverson is a former opera singer who joined the circus about ten years ago. He was drawn by the history and mystique of what the company calls itself the greatest show on earth.
“Part of that mystique is the world’s largest privately owned train. I love this train, 300 performers and casts and crew and animals are actually travelling on, on the rails across America. And you know that’s the world’s greatest car pool.”
That car pool with 60 cars is more than a kilometer and half long and crisscrosses the country for 11 month a year.
Iverson shares his train car with his wife - a dancer in the show and their two children. Like the other families on the train, they cook and eat, take showers, do laundry, live their lives in their privacy of the room car.
“It’s so much fun and it gives us, it’s sort of like mini vacation every week. We really see the country. I mean America is really really beautiful.”
Alex Barney, a second-generation clown, agrees.
“Travelling by the train, you are going through the middle of nowhere. You know, getting to the cities, you get to see what’s left of this country. You, definitely, travelling by the train is, is a key highlight for this job.”
In the middle of the 32 family coaches, is the pie car which has a custom-built kitchen and dining area. It is also a social center.
Chef Michael Vaughan and his 6 person staff are in charge of meals. Vaughan says it’s like feeding a big family.
“Everybody here works together. All of the groups, you know, clowns, the globe riders, everybody, we work together as a family.”
Vaughan sets up another kitchen at each performance venue and often throws a party after the show.
While the parents perform, children learn in a classroom set up behind the scenes. Manna Kettles is the teacher.
“My experience working here with Ringling in the past, I have seen that they are better off than some of the kids in the regular schools because we get more time with them in a small group and we are able to work one on one with them.”
Sofia Petrov, from Hungary, likes the circus school.
“It’s fine. I get to meet a lot of new people from all over the world.”
Dragons, the company’s 142nd show brings together talent from 18 countries. Acrobat Paulo Dos Santos is from Brazil.
He is celebrating his two son’s birthday before the show.
“This moment is so good because everybody is coming. I am so happy because I see, you see I have friends here in my show, this show, because they stay together, party together, show together, everything.”
At each stop, they have a chance to go into town, explore the area or simply do errands either by bus or in their own cars which are carried on the train as well.
Ring master Jonathan Iverson says the circus train is like a city without zip code.
“This is home. The backyard changes. You know, today’s backyard has Hershey’s Park. Tomorrow’s backyard has the Great Canyon. I mean that’s the magic of it. But the world is always home. No matter where we are, we are always home.”
That he says gives this rolling community the sense of stability.