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The 2019 Gamma Phi Circus Spring Show!

Saturday, April 13th 2019
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Event Description

Come one! Come all!  Gamma Phi Circus is coming to Illinois State University’s Redbird Arena to celebrate it’s 90th anniversary year with a showcase you won’t want to miss!  Our show theme is “CELEBRATION!” and that’s what we will be having.

Our show dates and times are Friday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 13th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Doors open to the public 1 hour prior to show (6:00 p.m. for Friday and Saturday evening shows, 12:00 noon for Saturday matinee).  Saturday evening’s performance is the final performance for the 2019 Spring Home Show/Siblings Weekend showcase.

Clifford “Pop” Horton began Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 as a fitness and gymnastic performance organization.  From half-time games to showcases on campus and on the road, Gamma Phi grew into the circus arts program it is today, still based on “Pop” Horton’s vision and values.  With this year’s troupe of performers numbering close to 100, and alumni of Gamma Phi nearing 1,600, we have much to celebrate.  Our show this year will pay tribute to the 9 decades of Gamma Phi, and a tip of the hat to the future decades to come.

“CELEBRATION!” will feature traditional circus acts and some new and exciting acts we can’t wait for our audiences to see!  Be a part of the excitement this milestone circus year and get your tickets now for a spectacular circus event from the longest running collegiate circus in the nation!

Here’s a sneak peek of our circus promo!

Ticket Information

Gamma Phi Circus Spring Home Show Tickets are ON SALE NOW!  Tickets will be available at Redbird Arena Ticket Office, by phone at (309) 438-8000 or online at!  Ticket questions can be emailed to
All tickets are reserved seating.

Individual Tickets

Ticket Type Price (Lower Bowl/Upper Bowl)
Standard Adult Ticket $17/$15
Student 13 and Up with ID $16/$14
Children 5-12 Years of Age $12/$10
Children Under 5 $5/$5
Senior Citizen 65+ $16/$14
ISU Faculty/Staff with ID $16/$14
Military with ID $16/14

Group Rates (10+ tickets purchased in one transaction)

Ticket Type Price (Lower Bowl/Upper Bowl)
Adult Ticket $15/$13
Group Child ages 5-12 $10/$8
Group Child under 5 $4/$4
Parking Map for Show Weekend
Beginning on February 14, 2019, tickets will be available at the Redbird Arena Ticket Office, or you can download your tickets on your mobile phone, or print them at home to bring to the Arena.  Ticket prices listed above do not include a convenience fee for Print-at-Home, Mobile, or In-Person purchase of tickets at Redbird Arena Ticket Office.  A $5 fee will apply to tickets purchased for hold at Will Call or for Mailing.  Redbird Arena’s Ticket Office usual hours are M-F 9-4:30p and on show days (5pm-7pm on Fri, Apr 12; 10:30am-7pm on Sat, Apr 13).  Contact the Redbird Arena Ticket Office at (309) 438-8000 or email for additional ticket information or to arrange an accommodation to fully participate in this event. Please allow sufficient time to make accommodation arrangements.

* Saturday Matinee Pre-Show Children’s Carnival

Before Saturday’s 1 p.m. show, there will be a pre-show children’s carnival that begins at noon with games and activities for all ages. This special event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. Admission to the carnival is the matinee ticket. The pre-matinee carnival is sponsored by the ISU Student Alumni Council.

Gamma Phi’s main performance takes place every April. It is called the “home show,” a two-hour live performance featuring more than a dozen acts.  Gamma Phi Circus troupe members are involved in all aspects of the shows from costumes and choreography to act development and performance. Additionally, members of Gamma Phi are responsible for promoting home shows through print, electronic and social media and class presentations during show month. Performances take place under the Redbird Arena Big Top.

Gamma Phi Circus is an organization within the College of Applied Science and Technology.

If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.
If you will need special accommodations, please contact the event organizer.


Gamma Phi Circus
(309) 438-2690