If you haven’t seen Samantha Martin and her Amazing Acro-Cats, you’re in for a treat if you live in the greater Washington DC area. The troupe is performing in Baltimore, MD through Sunday, September 24, and will be in Herndon, VA from October 5 through October 9. I had a chance to see the show earlier this year when I was visiting a friend in Florida, and I’m looking forward to seeing them again in October.
I first met Samantha Martin two years ago, when she came through the Washington DC area with her Amazing Acro-Cats. I had been skeptical then. I’m well aware of the controversy that surrounds circus performances, but after talking to Samantha for almost an hour and watching her with her cats, I was able to put any misgivings aside. From the moment I met Samantha, I knew that I had encountered a kindred spirit. Samantha is passionate about cats and their well-being. She knew from the time that she was ten years old that she wanted to work with animals. A renowned animal trainer with a degree in animal husbandry and studies in animal behavioral sciences, Samantha has worked with all sorts of animals, from rats to chickens to groundhogs.
The Acro-Cats’ hour long show features over a dozen beautiful rescue cats who perform tricks ranging from walking on tightropes and balls to jumping through hoops to bowling and ringing bells, and ends with a rousing performance of the only feline rock band in the world, The Rock Cats.
Following their engagements in the greater Washington DC area, the show will travel to Pittsburgh, Chicago, Madison, WI, Springfield, IL and New Orleans. They will hit the Southwest early next year, and the West Coast in spring/summer of next year.
For more information about the Amazing Acro-Cats and show dates, please visit their website.