I have been a fan of the Gaslight Circus from the very beginning. I brought my son, then 7 years old, to their first show at the Alwun House in Phoenix. He was absoultely mesmerized, and we've been to most of the subsequent shows as well. And I've been pleasantly surprised to find that every show is new, and different. Most of the things that my kids obsess over are so formulaic and reuse jokes to the point that I know the punchline way before they get there. How many parents can recite Moana from memory despite never once having sat down to watch it? GLC always manages to surprise and entertain me. This is a show that I would go to even without the kids, and I have on occasion. It's fun no matter what age you are!
There are some who have been with GLC since the beginning and a mix of new performers they've picked up along the way. It is never boring, and I haven't seen the same act twice. The really neat thing about the Gaslight Circus is that even though it's somewhat a variety show with different performers each showcasing their unique talents, there's also a story to it. There's a plot with twists and resolution. That, I think, really helps to keep each show fresh and interesting. I've seen jugglers, fire eaters, aerialists, glass walking, singing, magicians, a cyr wheel, and a strong man, off the top of my head. Oh, and a whip cracker! The diversity of the performers is incredible. And I love that it is a consistently family-friendly show. I can't recall a time where I've felt that my children (ages 4-9) saw or heard something they shouldn't have.
The performers themselves are delightful. They are very approachable, and willing to talk to even the littlest, stuttering, difficult-to-understand, rambling of their fans. My kids have their favorites and we have to say hi to each one. I've always been impressed with the level of respect I've seen shown to my kids. They actually talk to children as though they are people too! The people behind the facepaint are just incredible human beings.
The only concern I would ever have with bringing a child to this show is the 9pm start time. My kids have had little trouble staying up through the end of the show, since it's so engaging and fun. But it's definitely past their bedtimes. Obviously I think it's worth it, since I keep going back. But it's something to be aware of, since late nights can affect the next day's behavior.