Last summer the Rock Cats rolled into Arlington for a show at the Regent Theatre, and, well, let’s just say it wasn’t a total cat-astrophe. The band of furry felines were the opening act for the Acro-cats, the as-seen-on-TV Chicago crew of domestically-trained critters who “ride skateboards, ring bells, roll barrels, walk the high wire, climb ropes, push a shopping cart, jump through hoops, and even run a cat-size agility course.” Not to be outdone, the Rock Cats were a worthy warm-up act, playing their own instruments (kinda) and jamming out.
Yes, it’s true — you can now tour the country with a band of musical cats and other magnificent kitties. But this is no back-alley gig. You’ll need to be able to manage the cats (and keep that nip off the tour bus, we imagine), run the merch, load in and out of each venue, and drive the 45-foot-long tour bus.
Here’s the full ad:
Tour assistant needed for Cat Circus (Chicago)
Have you ever wanted to run away and join the circus? Now you can, with cats!
The Amazing Acro-cats are a troupe of real rescued house cats that tour the nation spreading the joy of clicker training, fostering, and adoption while entertaining audiences of all ages. For more information about what we do, please visit our website, circuscats.com. We are looking for a stage assistant who can also help take care of our Rock Star cats. This is full-time work for the qualified candidate.
Primary Duties include (with experience in these duties preferred)
*Stage and show responsibilities fur performances entails cat wrangling, moving props, and supporting role for the master trainer and senior stage assistant.
*Merchandise sales and front of house operation before and after the performances.
*Animal care – Daily, weekly and monthly cat care duties — including a chicken and groundhog! Animal welfare duties like medications and enrichment.
*Coordinate volunteers for all performances including load in and load out.
*Ability to drive a 45 foot tour bus a plus!
Compensation: Pay commensurate with qualifications and experience; background check required; adventure and travel across the country.