“Big Top Academy”, the show, is about to start!


Discovery Kids, the leading pay TV network for preschoolers in Latin America, and Cirque du Soleil Images, the multimedia production division of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, announced the October 15th premiere of “BIG TOP ACADEMY,” an original live-action kids series by Apartment 11 Productions in association with TVOkids.

Set in a fictitious circus arts boarding school, “BIG TOP ACADEMY” tells the story of an extraordinary group of young acrobats who dream of becoming professional circus artists. The series, the first ever live-action kids series for Cirque du Soleil, transports young viewers to the exciting and colourful circus universe.


As the young group of students at BIG TOP ACADEMY strive towards personal excellence, they learn to work as a team and transcend their own limits. Fast-paced and high-energy, the series tells the story of eight students – Nicholas, Maxwell, April, Phoenix, Chase, Ella, Celeste and Axel – who hail from different walks of life and have a variety of skills: some are already circus artists, others come from ballet and gymnastics, while a few have no formal training at all. Heading up the school is the firm but friendly headmistress, Miss G., along with stern athletics director Sir Rayne and wacky teacher Ms. Martel. Miss G will mold the young students into the best circus artists they can be. At this prestigious school, the value of friendship is enhanced, the stakes are high, the risks are real, the rivalries are intense and the obstacles formidable.

In the premiere episode, viewers are introduced to Nicholas Zolta, a student at BIG TOP ACADEMY whose father was a legendary circus artist who attended the school in his youth but disappeared a decade ago while attempting a daredevil circus stunt. As the school year unfolds, Nicholas will discover a web of mysteries that all seem to lead back to his father… and Sir Rayne, who seems to know more about Nicholas’s father than Nicholas himself! Helped by his new friends, Nicholas will have to solve this enigma if he hopes to make the school not only a place for people to become great circus artists, but also a home where everyone is accepted for who they are.

“BIG TOP ACADEMY” will premiere on Discovery Kids Latin America and TVOkids Canada on October 15th.

Jonathan Finkelstein, the founder of Apartment 11, is executive producer for the series with Leila Basen and Carina Schulze as showrunners. For Discovery Kids, Michela Giorelli and Adriano Schmid are the executive producers and Javier Chuecos is the supervising producer. For TVOkids, Marney Malabar is the executive producer. Sébastien Ouimet from Cirque du Soleil Images is also an executive producer for the series. The popular Argentinian producer, director and composer, Cris Morena, also serves as executive producer and songwriter.

It is produced with the financial participation of the Shaw Rocket Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Quebec Film and Television Tax Credit.