Support Big Top

Big Top presents touring performance, family shows, workshops, and the original shows of the Blue Canvas Orchestra. Yet only 65% of our revenue is from ticket sales. Donors help to bridge the gap between ticket revenue and the costs to present these great programs. Your contributions of  all amounts are appreciated as an endorsement of our mission, and a sign that BTC is important to you. 

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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (sha-ta-qwa) is a year round non profit performing arts organization with a rich history. We operate an intimate 900-seat, all-canvas, state-of-the-art tent theater, producing and presenting a fifty-plus night summer season of concerts, plays, lectures, and a highly acclaimed professional local troupe which performs original multi-media musicals in the tent and on tour. 

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Free Shuttle

The shuttles operate for most shows from June 13 thru Sept. 12.  Shuttle for Big TAP on Sept. 13 leaves Ashland at noon
and Bayfield at 12:30.  The shuttle  is not available for matinees. Call for more information 715-373-5552.

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Love Big Top? Consider becoming a volunteer. Ushers, Car Parkers, Cart Drivers, Artist Transport, EMT’s and Office Support needed. Please fill out the volunteer application below. You will be able to request to volunteer for specific dates and shows as they are put on sale to the public.

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Some of our Past Performers

Abigail Washburn Adaawe African Children’s Choir America American Brass Revue American Indian Dance Theatre

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On sale today: The Barefoot Movement with Opening Set by Tin Can Gin, Blue Canvas Orchestra in Concert, Michael Perry and Ronny Cox, Riding the Wind, Larry Long presents American Roots Revue and Cloud Cult with Opening Set by Horseshoes & Hand Grenades ! Purchase your tickets at or call 715-373-5552. (8 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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We're heading your way this summer. Which show will we see you at? purchase tickets at 6/3/15 The NorVA - Norfolk, VA w The Soul Rebels 6/4/15 The Fillmore - ...

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Big Top is looking for Volunteers for our 2015 Season - It's Fun!

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