Join us for the annual Gamma Phi Circus Spring Shows, a Sibling Weekend tradition that features performances by the oldest collegiate circus in the nation. This year marks the 88th anniversary of the founding of Gamma Phi at Illinois State University in 1929 by Clifford “Pop” Horton. Here’s the invitation to experience the thrills, magic, and fun of favorite Broadway productions, Gamma Phi Circus-style! Broadway’s top musicals are the inspiration for exciting traditional and innovative new Gamma Phi acts. Illinois State invites alumni and families to experience Broadway’s best right under the Redbird Big Top!

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 7, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8
Where: Redbird Arena


This year electronic ticketing is available through Redbird Athletics Box Office. Special rates and priority seating for alumni (sections L and M) are available for early purchase only through Friday, March 24. Alumni tickets are $13 for ages 13 and up, $8 for children ages 5-12, and $3 for children ages 4 and under.

Order your show tickets online or call the Alumni Relations office at (309) 438-2586 or (800) 366-4478. Tickets will be sent via email the week of March 27.

Matinee Carnival

Student Alumni Council will sponsor its sixth annual pre-show carnival on the Redbird Arena concourse, beginning at noon prior to the 1 p.m. Saturday matinee show on April 8. This popular Sibling Weekend event is kid-approved and open to everyone that has a youth ticket to the matinee show. The carnival includes a variety of games, face painters, photos, fun, and prizes for kids of all ages. Learn more about the Student Alumni Council Sibling Weekend Carnival and other Sibling Weekend activities.

Circus Alumni Reception

Gamma Phi Circus alumni attending Saturday’s evening show are warmly invited to a reception to be held prior to Saturday night’s performance, from 6-6:45 p.m., in the Redbird Room at Redbird Arena.  Evening show tickets are admission into the reception and should be purchased before the event. Join fellow circus alums and reminisce to celebrate 88 years of Gamma Phi.

Circus alumni are encouraged to show off vintage Gamma Phi tees and membership pins when cheering on this year’s troupe. Light refreshments will be served. Gamma Phi Circus alums who wish to attend the reception should RSVP online by March 30.