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

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

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.

Snow Day

Snow Day was the first original production by the Youth Performance Company (now Cirrus Circus). It was the first performance to benefit SANCA, but the troupe didn’t have a budget for costumes so they wore their winter clothes and gear.


Mick’s Whoa Show

The Whoa Show was a kick off show that Terri Sullivan, Chuck, Jo, Tara, and of course the whole SANCA family graciously put together to help Mick Holsbeke go to ENC (École nationale de cirque). Friends from all over the Northwest were invited to perform. The SANCApators did the music and David Godsey hosted it.

Mick says, in 2014, “Honestly it was an incredible moment in my life, and I would never have been able to go to circus school if it wasn’t for the whoa show. I believe SANCA raised around $7,000 for me that night!!! Just thinking about it makes me feel so lucky to be sitting in front of my caravan at Cirque Plume in Paris. I owe it all to SANCA!!!”

Circo Vivo 2006

The second annual Circo Vivo, a springtime SANCA circus variety show, was performed in the gym on panel mats on the tumbl-trak. The original youth performance troupe, then called Youth Performance Company (YCo), had been recently formed and this was their debut show.

SANCA’s first show: Circo Vivo

SANCA’s show history begins with Circo Vivo, a variety benefit show.
Performers included Crystal Campbell, Chuck & Jo, Ben Wendel & Rachel Nehmer (as Curly Burly, now Duo Madrona), Scotty Walsh, Sally Pepper, Dr. Calamari & Acrophelia, and a select group of SANCA students.
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center.