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Acro-Cats cat circus Dec. 21 in Lincoln

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[December 05, 2009]  Samantha Martin, an animal trainer, has added seasonal cheer for a "meowy" Christmas show on Dec. 21 at the Lincoln Park District Ballroom.

Lincoln's animal society will receive a portion of the proceeds.

The Amazing Acro-Cats circus cats of Chicago will be celebrating Christmas (or "Catmas") by jumping through wreaths, rolling an ornament, pushing a sleigh and performing an array of other seasonal tricks.

There will also be a special appearance by the Rock Cats playing seasonal carol selections such as "A Cat in a Manger," "Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire" and "God Rest Ye Merry Kittens."


These special performances have a holiday twist on what has already proven to be a fun-filled and one-of-a-kind show for audiences and cat lovers of all ages. Watch these "not so ordinary" Santa's kittens disprove the notion that "cats can't be trained," as they perform a variety of Christmas-themed tricks.

The festive felines all live with Ms. Martin, owner of Amazing Animals by Samantha. The little "Kat Kringles" spend their days playing and training in rooms converted from a human's habitat into a cat playground of props, perches and platforms. Most of the Acro-Cat performers are former shelter kitties that Martin has adopted and clicker-trained, a method that uses only positive reinforcement.

Martin and her Acro-Cats have worked with several animal shelters. She has routinely fostered cats and helped them find the right home.

The Acro-Cats have appeared in international documentaries, on TMZ, BBC, PBS, Pet Star and Animal Planet.

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Tickets for the Lincoln show are $10 and will be available at the door. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are available online at

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[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County]


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