Star of “The Greatest Show on Earth” in Our Christmas Commercial

The young man cast in a leading role in our hospital Christmas commercial has worn many hats, including membership in an elite group that’s probably very familiar to you.

Courtesy: Ringling Bros.

Tyron McFarlan plays a doctor in Lexington Medical Center’s 2018 Christmas commercial. But In 2005, McFarlan became only the 34th person in history to become the “singing Ringmaster” for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, also known as “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Part of his job was to draw the crowd into the show by saying the iconic line, “Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of All Ages, Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth!”

Tyron McFarlan on the set of our 2018 Christmas commercial

The Columbia native was selected from a national search for being a charismatic performer with charm, strong singing ability and a dynamic voice.

Talking about his experience in a news interview with WLTX in 2016, he said, “When the curtains open, we draw people into our circus world where they see some of the most amazing performances you’d ever see in your life.”

A former captain in the South Carolina Army National Guard and graduate of Keenan High School and the University of South Carolina, McFarlan traveled around the world with the circus, leading more than 2,500 shows as the Ringmaster.

Earlier in his career, McFarlan landed roles in musicals such as Ragtime and Jesus Christ Superstar at Columbia’s Workshop Theater. And, he appeared as one of the “Tough Guys” in commercials for Ford’s F-150 pickup truck.

The circus closed in 2017, after more than 140 years. During that time, fewer people served as Ringmaster than as President of the United States.

Today, McFarlan is working with another show, the Big Apple Circus.

You can watch our Christmas commercial by clicking here or look for it during your favorite holiday programs this season. Merry Christmas!

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