Circus girl on Centre stage


A star of the renowned Moscow Circus will showcase her stunning aerial agility at the re-opening of a Queenstown hall.
Russian Mila Turnbull spent 20 years touring the world with the famous troupe. 

The 30-year-old plans to perform her world-class aerial hoop routine at this Saturday’s variety show opening of Queenstown Memorial Centre. 

“This will be my first time performing in Queenstown so I’m very excited,” Turnbull says. 

“I started with circus when I was 10 years old. I have twin sister and we used to go together every day for a hobby but later it became more. 

“It was for all my life before I met my husband and moved here. I toured so much I think I saw all of the world.” 

Turnbull, originally from Siberia, is an expert aerial acrobat and performed trapeze, straps, silks, aerial hoop and other circus arts with the Moscow Circus. 

Her performance is one of more than a dozen variety acts on the bill for Saturday’s extravaganza – directed by veteran Kiwi stage director Bryan Aitken. 

Based on the Royal Variety Show, the aim is to demonstrate to Queenstowners how versatile and technically-able the new hall is after its $3 million upgrade. 

Queenstown performers include jack-of-all-trades Simon Green, who will bring his powerhouse voice, producer/singer Margaret O’Hanlon, and fellow singer Emily Burns. 

Groups include duos Alex and Jill Derbie, LA Social’s Shaun Vining and Tiffany Mitchell plus Richard Stringer and Lee van der Shuit. Musician Emma Wilson will bring together Queenstown’s largest ever choir, while talented pianist Kana Takahashi and popular high school band The Fletcherz are also on the bill. 

Choreographers Anna Stuart and Louise Gooding will bring their dance troupes, while a Flame Fire Productions and Glenorchy’s Strings in Paradise complete the line-up. 

Queenstown pro-photographer Dan Childs will also deliver a contemporary photo-study of the upgrade. 

Catch the Grand Opening Variety Show at Queenstown Memorial Centre this Saturday from 2pm. Tickets are $20 per person, $60 for family of four.