The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus has its first woman ringmaster.
Feld Entertainment Inc. is the parent company of the Florida-based circus. The company said in a statement Wednesday that Michelle Wilson will be the first-ever woman ringmaster in its 146-year history.
Wilson starts her new role next month and her first performance will be in her hometown of Orlando, Florida, during "Circus Xtreme" show.
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She will become the 39th ringmaster in Ringling Bros.' history.
Wilson has a professional background in theater and singing.
A ringmaster typically introduces each act in the circus.