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A Trans-Siberian circus at Covelli

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The back lot of Covelli Centre looked like a truck depot Wednesday morning.

That’s because a convoy of tractor-trailers hauling the Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour rolled in and jockeyed for position.

A crew of stagehands was deployed to unload the trucks and set the stage for today’s shows, which are at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

There are over-the-top stage shows – think KISS and Carrie Underwood, just to name two who played Covelli this year – and then there is Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The rocking Christmas orchestra, as a rule, goes bonkers with lasers, flames, lifts and other mechanical special effects.

I’m not sure what marvelous spectacle is in this year’s show, but whatever it is, it took 16 tractor-trailers to hold it.

Friday will be another whirlwind of activity at the downtown arena. After T-SO tears down and loads out after tonight’s show, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will load in. The circus largely travels by train and sets up a tent city in the Covelli back lot. It’s like a temporary zoo.

There will be a total of six circus performances: three each on Friday and Saturday (11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. both days). Go to

Hosting Trans-Siberian and the circus with only a one-day buffer is no routine occurrence, but Covelli Centre definitely has had its share of massive turnarounds.

Kelsey Klim, marketing director, mentioned the time in the summer of 2013, when the arena hosted Panerathon in the morning, and then loaded in American Idol Live! for a show that night.


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