Don’t miss the “Circus Spectacular” presented by Brattleboro’s New England Center for Circus Arts (NECCA)! What could be better that nimble athletic bodies performing acrobatic feats for your pleasure & delight?
JOIN US FOR GAY DAY AT THE CIRCUS! We’ll see you at the 1PM Sunday March 4 Matinee for a turnout of the region’s LGBTQ community at this annual super-fun world class event! It’s a great way to socially reconnect during mid-winter and support an organization that truly makes a difference and nourishes our local community! LGBTQ Social Mixer to follow after the show, details below!!
What’s a Circus Spectacular you ask? For this very special, once-a-year fundraising event, the New England Center for Circus Arts invites professional performers and NECCA alumni from around the world to donate their talents to raise money for Circus in the Neighborhood, NECCA’s outreach and scholarship programs*.
NECCA’s Circus Spectacular brings together dazzling performers from around the globe in an event to benefit the New England Center for Circus Arts. High flying aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers will bring laughter and awe to the Latchis stage for 2 shows only. If you are unable to join us for the LGBTQ outing at the Sunday Matinee, please consider going on Saturday!
The 2018 Celebrity host Ringmaster will be Keith Nelson, multi skilled star and co-founder of the Bindlestiff Family Circus, a national traveling theater-based circus. Keith learned to juggle and eat fire while in college. Since then he has learned to swallow swords, educate through vaudeville, be a clown, and run an American circus company. He has performed on Broadway and on stages and festivals around the world including: Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall (NYC), Glastonbury Festival (UK), AEMI International Clown Festival (China), SuperGiant Carnival (Thailand) as well as the Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Keith adds a contemporary twist to the grand traditions of American Circus and will share his talents as the connective entertainment between other star studded acts.
Other highlight performers convening in Brattleboro from around the world include –
Joel Herzfeld will perform a clever handbalancing act in which he remains upside down and his feet have a conversation, as well as an upbeat rock and roll cyr wheel act. Herzfeld has most recently performed with acclaimed Canadian company Les 7 Doigts De La Main on the national US tour of the award winning Broadway show ‘Pippin’.
- Shannon McKenna will be bringing her aerial silks number from Berlin’s Wintergarten variete theater. McKenna trained in physical theater before discovering circus and brings a captivating strength and creativity to her work.
- Duo aerialists Kyla Ernst-Alper & Sylvana Tapia will truly grace the stage, as they are dancers turned aerialists who have performed together in London, Mumbai, and The Bahamas, as well as in the United States. Known as RAVEN, the duo calls New York City home and can regularly be seen at The Slipper Room, The House of YES, and The Box.
- Other performers include Elise Sipos (Washington, DC), Cassady Rose Bonjo (New York, NY), Lauren Breunig (Brattleboro, VT), and perennial favorites to enlighten the evening are Vermont’s clown treasure Troy Wunderle and Canada’s mime star Mario Diamond.
*Through it’s Circus in the Neighborhood outreach programs NECCA offers diverse custom experiences ranging from:
- After-school programs to specialized instruction for at-risk, LGBT and questioning youth who are provided with the opportunity to discover and develop themselves and grow in an unconditionally supportive, non-judgmental and nurturing LGBT-friendly environment that they can call home.
- Workshops for cancer survivors and people with disabilities.
- Performances in area group homes and rehabilitation centers.
- Subsidy for need-based scholarships.
Examples of past programs include empowerment workshops offered on-site for low income housing developments Moore Court, Ledgwood Heights and Westgate; customized programming for autistic youth at the INSPIRE for Autism school and children receiving mental health treatment at the Brattleboro Retreat; Free juggling club weekly at the Boys & Girls Club; Free enrollment to high school age residents from the Brattleboro Retreat; community performances supporting Brattleboro Gallery Walk, Grace Cottage Hospital, Eliot Street Block Party, and Kids Fair.
The Circus Spectacular takes place at the historic Latchis Theater in downtown Brattleboro, a restored Works Project Administration theater, built in 1938.
AFTER THE SHOW, MEET US FOR DRINKS ACROSS THE STREET AT ECHO RESTAURANT, 69-73 MAIN STREET! DOOR OPEN AT ECHO AT 3PM
- Sunday, March 4th 1 pm Gay Day at the Circus Spectacular!
- Saturday, March 3th 7:30 pm If you cannot join us Sunday, please consider going to this show
Historic Latchis Theater, Main St, Brattleboro
If you are unable to attend and would like to donate to Circus in the Neighborhood, NECCA’s outreach & scholarship program, click here. Thanks for your support!
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