Melha Shrine Circus opens school vacation week

2015 Shrine Circus featuring Bello Nock

Fearless feats will ‘NOCK Your Socks Off’ April 23-26

Jennifer Lopez, Content Marketing Associate

Every year, the Melha Shrine Circus takes over the Eastern States Coliseum in West Springfield, providing affordable family-friendly entertainment for western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. For over a decade, Market Mentors has held a behind-the-scenes role in the event, helping the Melha Shriners promote the circus and raise awareness of the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Mass., and we are excited to be back in the saddle this year!

This year’s circus – which takes place April 23 to April 26 during school vacation week – features world renown comic daredevil Bello Nock. Have you heard of Bello? He was included in TIME Magazine’s list of “America’s Best Artists and Entertainers” and was dubbed “the greatest athlete” to ever set foot in Madison Square Garden by New York Daily News.

We’ve got the “Big B” at the home of the Big E! And we’re in for an entertaining few days with Bello as the headliner of our local circus. In addition to Bello Nock’s fearless feats, audiences in West Springfield will be treated to a performance by his daughter, eighth generation circus performer Annaliese Nock.


Bello Nock

Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered online, anytime day or night and available at the box office during regular business hours, 24 hours after the order was placed, or at the will call booth on the day of the performance. Attendees will need to show a photo ID or present a receipt to pick up tickets. Prices are $14 for general reserved seats and $18 for box seats (no discounts apply to box seats). Children under age 3 seated on an adult’s lap do not need a ticket.

The circus schedule will be as follows:

  • Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m. (Grand Entry, 6:30 p.m.)
  • Friday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m., 2:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26, 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

To purchase Melha Shrine Circus tickets, call (413) 205-5087, stop by the Box Office daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or visit Discounted coupons are available at all western Mass. Big Y locations.

Proceeds from the circus are used for the benefit of the Melha Shriners and are not tax deductible. Join us at this year’s “Circus with a Purpose” for wholesome family entertainment and help the Melha Shriners continue the work they’re so proud of doing for our region. It’ll “NOCK Your Socks Off!” We look forward to seeing you there!

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