Water, entertainment, excitement are part of the show of the Cirque Italia that is performing south of the Platte River Mall through Sunday.

The aquatic circus combines water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, and more in an all-ages presentation.

This is the second year the circus has arrived in North Platte. It was well-appreciated by audiences last year.

In the two-hour show, the poetic element of water merges with the skills of performers, combining the gracefulness of the human body with the calming fluidity of water, organizers say.

Aerialists shimmer on a chandelier high above the ground, and a prehistoric dinosaur could make an appearance.

There is hula-hooping in the air, duo lasermen, duo jugglers, duo roller skaters and a thrilling “wheel of death.”

The roller skating duo, Anita and Karchy Zeman, have been in the circus all their lives. Anita is a third-generation performer. She was born in South America and educated in Italy. She grew up on the road, and she speaks seven languages.

Her husband Karchy is from Hungary. His parents were circus performers.

In the roller-skating act, the couple spins fast on a small platform, joined at the necks by a tether. They also perform on bicycles, starting with a turn-of-the-century bicycle and moving to a BMX for several flat-land stunts.

Cirque Italia is committed to bringing a Las Vegas quality production and abides by a strict animal–free policy, the company says.

The show opened Thursday night, with more shows Friday night at 7:30 p.m.; three shows on Saturday afternoon and evening — 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and two shows on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale at the circus grounds, south of the AMC Classic movie theater. You’ll see the swirling white and blue tent.