Built-in 1915 and restored in 2016, the Al. Ringling Theatre is a regional hub for live performances, music, and films. The theatre has been a cornerstone of the Baraboo community, as was intended by Mr. Ringling, known as "Al." to distinguish him from his brother Alfred.
Though he was born in McGregor, Iowa, Albrecht "Al." Ringling moved to Baraboo with his family at a young age. It was here that he and his four brothers built a circus empire from scratch. Today, the name Ringling is synonymous with circus and showmanship. Yet, Ringling was also a tireless promoter of Baraboo and is responsible for several of the city’s most enduring landmarks, including his mansion, the Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters, formerly known to locals as Ringlingville --- now Circus World --- and, of course, the theatre that bears his name. The Al. Ringling Theatre in particular, built as a gift to Baraboo, stands as a testimony to his affection to his adopted home town. The name of Ringling will always remain a cornerstone of the cultural heritage of this unique Midwestern city.
Portions of this 360VR production were shot with the KanDao QooCam 8K as part of the 2020 Tour Program.
Rick Markley of Aspect Multimedia - AspectMultimedia.com
Derek Ramnarace - Dirty Foot Music Productions
Music performed on the Barton Organ by Charlene Flygt.
My Favorite Things - Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Harold Arlen
The Al. Ringling Theatre Barton Pipe Organ has three manual keyboards, plus a full pedal keyboard. Dozens of combinations of organ pipe sounds can be chosen by the organist from the row of several dozen tabs, or by white tabs under each keyboard. The pedal keyboard adds deep bass sounds as well, and another pedal controls volume. In addition, the organist can supply a dozen mechanical sounds such as drums, chimes, etc. for silent movies, as well as activate the rise of the console from out of the orchestra pit.