This is opening night for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Arena. "The Greatest Show on Earth" .. as the circus likes to be called .. begins at 7:30. Today, Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem visited with the tiger and lion trainer to get a preview of what will be under the big top. 3 00-1045-5059-1:03The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus is a family fun event... Skilled performers from around the globe perform awe- inspiring feats...the show also performing animals.... Alexander Lacey, Tiger and Lion Trainer 01:18 you get to see them in action uh all the a- lions an- that I work with the lions and tigers everything that they do in the ring is extensions of their natural ability so they do lots of jumping roll oversLacey educated the Children from Daniel Kids on the care and training that goes in to getting these exotic animals ready for showtime..01:38 we have parts of the routine where they appear as though they've been very aggressive and trying to attack me but they are all just trained movements where we show of the animal's natural beauty and you know they like seeing me kiss and cuddle them but they also want to see a lion and tiger make a little bit of noise and growl and snowl so we do they do that as well in the showSU: 06:03 The wild cats are impressive but one of the most popular animals at the circus-- the elephants.03:54 1 hour before the performance you can come and meet all the artists up close ask them anything you'd like I'm there as well so are the other animal handlers animal handlers sorry and you can ask us anything we're there to answer your questions and sign autographs and get your photos taken as wellThe circus will be in Jacksonville Thursday evening with show times through Sunday.AM C4 TLS. As Ashley said, the circus will be here through Sunday. If you want to check out times and ticket information - go to News4jax.com ...look under our top stories.