PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced Monday morning that it would cancel its four remaining performances at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center after a serious accident at its Sunday morning show.
Ringling Bros. said on Sunday the performances scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. and Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the Dunk had all been canceled. The company canceled the performance set for Monday at 7 p.m. early Monday morning.
Nine circus performers were sent to the hospital Sunday after machinery holding acrobats malfunctioned during the 11 a.m. show. The circus had been in Providence since Friday.
Lawrence Lepore, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center’s general manager, said there would have been no aerial acts at the Monday evening performance if it had taken place.
Individuals who bought tickets to the canceled shows or were in attendance at the Sunday morning one were advised to seek refunds wherever they purchased their tickets. Those who ordered them from Ticketmaster will receive automatic refunds, according to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Officials urged anyone in need of counseling because of the accident to contact the federal government’s Disaster Distress Hotline by calling 1-800-985-5990 or sending a text message that reads “TextWithUs” to 66746. Hearing impaired individuals can call 1-800-846-8517. The hotline is operated by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is owned and operated by Feld Entertainment Inc., which is headquartered in Palmetto, Florida. Other live-performance franchises produced by Feld include Disney On Ice and Disney Live.
“All of us at Feld Entertainment appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers for our performers, and we are sharing all of those with them as they recover,” the company said in a statement on the Ringling Bros. website. Feld said no other details about the accident were available.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Center is owned by the R.I. Convention Center Authority, a quasi-public state agency, and operated by SMG.