May 24, 2007

ODDFELLOWS PLAYHOUSE TRAVELING CIRCUS STAGES BENEFIT PERFORMANCES

Oddfellows Playhouse Traveling Circus, now in its fourth season, presents two special performances of its current show, Seven Suitcases, a Trunk and an Egg, on June 1 at 7 and 9 pm. The 7 pm show is a benefit to help Traveling Circus members attend the American Youth Circus Festival in Normal, IL in August 2007.

Seven Suitcases, a Trunk and an Egg is the story of 7 eccentric clown characters on a journey which starts with the birth of a clown and goes all the way to circus paradise. Along the way this motley and diverse crew finds romance, adventure, conflict, and, ultimately, joy. The 45-minute show, which is appropriate for all ages, features juggling, contortion, unicycling, acrobatics, stilt-dancing, and loads of side-splitting character comedy and slapstick.

Under the direction of Dic Wheeler, assisted by Amy Richmond-Prchal, the 6 members of this season’s Traveling Circus ensemble are all between the ages of 13 and 19 and are veterans of the Children’s Circus of Middletown. These young performers exhibit a professional level of circus skills that will astonish audience members unfamiliar with top-tier youth circus.

Oddfellows Playhouse is located at 128 Washington Street in Middletown. Tickets for the 7 pm benefit show are $50 for Ringmaster seats, $25 for Sponsor seats, and $10 for general admission. Ringmasters and Sponsors will get reserved seats and a listing in the program. Tickets for the 9 pm “Roustabout” performance are all $5. For reservations or more information, call Oddfellows Playhouse at (860) 347-6143.