2009 SANCA Annual Spring Showcase (SASS)

Two unique, circus-variety shows featuring the spectacular SANCA Youth Company, the amazing Circus 1-ders, incredible SANCA instructors and fabulous friends of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts.

Matinee:
*Amazing Circus 1-ders!
*Youth Company Member Lyla
*Crystal Dawn
*Rachel Randall
*Youth Company Member Zora
*The Amazing Arne
*Tightwire Darlings
*Arne and Zora

Evening:
*Hulahoopapalooza
*Youth Company Member Magnus
*Jonathan Rose
*The Missing Wheel Unicyclists
*Manny the Magnificent
*Acrobat Antics
*Dr. Calamari & Acrophilia
*Vivian Tam
*Youth Company Member Caitlin

Grab a front rug seat at Moisture Festival

By DOREE ARMSTRONG, SPECIAL TO THE P-I

Published 10:00 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2009

  • Sally Pepper is one of several aerialists performing at this year’s Moisture Festival. Most of the performances are family-friendly, but there is a series of late-night burlesque shows for the 21-and-older crowd. The festival’s producer said there is a live band at each performance. Photo: Michelle Bates
    Sally Pepper is one of several aerialists performing at this year’s Moisture Festival. Most of the performances are family-friendly, but there is a series of late-night burlesque shows for the 21-and-older crowd. The festival’s producer said there is a live band at each performance. Photo: Michelle Bates

It’s these dark days at the end of winter that have people crying out for something fun to do, and the sixth annual Moisture Festival delivers.

Combining traditional European vaudeville and variety acts such as aerial artists, jugglers, dancers, comedians and can-can girls, the Moisture Festival is a monthlong celebration of physical arts taking place at three different venues: ACT Theatre (700 Union St.), Hale’s Palladium (4301 Leary Way N.W.) and the SIFF Cinema (McCaw Hall, Seattle Center).

Most shows are family-friendly, but the festival does have a series of late-night burlesque shows for ages 21 and older. The family-friendly shows feature a variety of performers, such as bubble magicians, jugglers, comedians, musicians and others not so easily categorized.

“It’s a return of live, variety entertainment that builds on old traditions but is updated for current times,” festival producer Tim Furst said. “There is a mix of 10 different acts and a live band at every show and each show is different, so people can keep coming back and they’ll see something new and different every time. This is their only chance to see some of the world’s best performers in one place.”

Furst is no stranger to vaudeville, having been one of the original members of the Flying Karamazov Brothers. He is retired from full-time performing with the group, but occasionally fills in and will perform as Fyodor Karamazov at the Moisture Festival. Fellow former Karamazov performer Sam Williams, known as Smerdyakov Karamazov, also will perform and emcee at the festival.

When asked how to explain the Moisture Festival concept to a first-timer, Furst says it’s similar to Teatro Zinzanni — minus the dinner theater and high prices. Moisture Festival tickets range from $7.50 for children to $25 for adults, making it an affordable indulgence for a family.

Children and their parents can sit up front on a rug instead of in chairs, and some acts encourage audience participation.

“It’s great for kids just to have the experience of seeing live performance, and to experience a performance surrounded by hundreds of other people experiencing the same thing,” Furst said. “It’s sort of the antidote to television.”

The March 21 matinee is a collaboration with the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, which is providing all of the performers for that show.

Terri Sullivan, a former circus arts performer and now a part-time instructor at SANCA, says the school has 600 students of all ages, from age 2 to 60-something.

“We wouldn’t turn away anyone who was older, we’d just make sure they didn’t get hurt,” Sullivan said. “But the bulk of our students are in the 7 to 10 age range.”

The idea behind the school is to provide a noncompetitive atmosphere in which people can try new things — and the school doesn’t let finances get in the way. Last year, SANCA provided $35,000 in scholarships to students.

“It’s great fun, first of all, and anything that’s physical and fun builds self esteem and just joy,” she said. “Some kids are great at competition, but others are not and they won’t really blossom.”

Sullivan says circus arts are perfect for all ages and interests because there’s such a wide range of skills. You can do acrobatics, juggle or be a clown, or walk a tightrope or a rolling globe.

The March 21 performance will feature instructors and students from SANCA, including its Youth Performance Company (ages 8 to 18) and the Amazing Circus Wonders (ages 5 to 8).

“They are super, super cute and fun,” Sullivan said of the littlest ones.

“The kids who are at their shows go, ‘They’re the same age as me. I could do that!’ So that’s very inspiring for them, seeing someone who’s just like them.”

Emma in Wonderland

Emma loses herself in a circus wonderland. Help Emma discover her way back home in this family-friendly circus show, presented by SANCA’s Youth Performance Company [now named Cirrus Circus]. Follow her on this adventure as she meets outlandish rolling globe walkers, whimsical fairies, lively gypsies and other inhabitants in this magical world.

Performed at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, December 2008

Emma in Wonderland

The School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts’ Youth Performance Company presents:

Emma in Wonderland

Emma loses herself in a circus wonderland. Follow her on this adventure as she meets outlandish rolling globe walkers, whimsical fairies, lively gypsies and other characters in this magical world. Help Emma discover the way back home in this family-friendly circus show.

Friday December 12th, 2008 6:00 PM
Saturday December 13th, 2008 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Pirates of the Carabiners

Pirate themed circus show brought to you by the Death-Defeying Do-Gooders, the SANCA staff. Our send off performance with Terry Crane saying, “See you later” to our instructor and friend as he heads off to ENC (École nationale de cirque)

Performances by:
Terry Crane
Crystal Campbell
Rachel Randall
Jonathan Rose
Kendra Greaves (San Francisco Circus Center)
Erica Rubinstein & Marta Brown
Nickolai Pirak
and more…

Pirates of the Carabiners

A pirate-themed circus show brought to you by the Death-Defying Do-Gooders, the SANCA staff. Our send off performance for Terry Crane as we say “See you later” to our instructor and friend.

Performances by:
Terry Crane
Crystal Campbell
Rachel Randall
Jonathan Rose
Kendra Greaves (San Francisco Circus Center)
Erica Rubinstein & Marta Brown
Nickolai Pirak
& more….

Seating is on the gym floor. Please bring a cushion to help make yourself more comfortable.

SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase (SASS)

Two unique variety shows featuring the Youth Company, instructors and friends of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts.

Matinee:
Founders Chuck & Jo – Acrobalance
Circus 1-ders! Trapeze & Tumbling
Arne – Club Juggling
Youth Company member: Lyla – Tissu
Youth Company members: Jasmine & Emma – Tightwire
Russell & Heather – Double Trapeze
Magnus – Clown
Terry – Rope
Youth Company member: Manny – Juggling
Youth Company members: Jasmine & Emma – Double Trapeze
Rachel Randall – Modern Dance
Jonathan Rose – Rope

Evening:
Youth Company – Bull Fight
Leslie Rosen – Bellydance
Anne – Trapeze
Alice DeAnguera & Annette Dong – Acrobalance
Jon & Quyn – Rope
Nickolai Pirak- Juggling
Ropeworks – Ropejumping
Lauren & Anne – Double Trapeze
Leslie & Rachel – Ballerina
Sara Sparrow & Graeme- Acrobalance
Youth Company member: Electra – Tissu
Youth Company – Juggling

Performed at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center

SASS – SANCA’s Annual Spring Showcase

Two unique variety shows featuring the Youth Company, instructors and friends of the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts.

May 31, 2008

Rainier Valley Cultural Center
3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA

Matinee:
Founders Chuck & Jo – Acrobalance
Circus I-ders! Trapeze & Tumbling
Arne – Club Juggling
Lyla – Tissu
Jasmine & Emma – Tightwire
Russell & Heather – Double Trapeze
Magnus – Clown
Terry – Rope
Manny – Juggling
Jasmine & Emma – Double Trapeze
Rachel – Modern Dance
Jonathan – Rope

Evening:
Youth Company – Bull Fight
Leslie – Bellydance
Anne – Trapeze
Alice & Annette – Acrobalance
Jon & Quyn – Rope
Nickolai – Juggling
Ropeworks – Ropejumping
Lauren & Anne – Double Trapeze
Leslie & Rachel – Ballerina
Sara & Gram – Acrobalance
Electra – Tissu
Youth Company – Juggling

Grand Adventures in Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe

Seattle’s Premier Circus School’s Youth Performance Company (now named Cirrus Circus) performs a classic tale “Grand Adventures in Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe” where toys come the life. Come watch as Teddy Bears walk on a ball, a toy train is powered by unicycles, Tin Solders Juggler and so much more.

Quietly tucked away in a sleepy little village, at the end of a cobbled street, sits Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe. Each day after the school bell chimes, rosy-cheeked children with snow-kissed caps clamor through the front doors and rush to Nickolai’s to see their favorite toys. Later, as the sunlight fades and the lights begin to twinkle in the dusky night sky, the children reluctantly say their good-byes and make their way home through the freshly powdered streets.

After the last toy is carefully back in its place and shopkeeper locks the door and the rest of the town drifts lazily off to sleep, something magical happens. Unable to wait for the children to come back and play, the toy lions spring forth and begin to do tricks, a train whistle blows and the engine chugs away from the station, and the impish monkey takes up his usual mischief. Such is the idyllic life in Nickolai’s Toy Shoppe – until one day, when a new toy arrives. Will life in the shop ever be the same again?

SANCA Youth Company:
Crystal Campbell, DirectorNickolai Pirak, Assistant Director
Members: Zora Blade, Arney Bystrom, Manny Eckert, Magnus Giaever, Lyla Goldman, Jasmine Manuel, Steven Mathews, Ian Nanney, Alyssa Nanney, Eloise O’Leary, Emma Page, Anna Partridge, Electra Scott, Maggie Seida

With music by Doc Sprinsock and the SANCApators

Thanks to Linsey Lindberg, Rachel Murray, Eloise Mathews, Meredith Crafton, Jill Drllevich, Kim Mock, Cecile Howard, the Russell Ridge Homeschool Center, Katie Mathews, Tara Jensen, Katrina Welker and Leslie Rosen.