Gizmo Guys to Bring Family Friendly Juggling Performance to Capitol Center for the Arts, 4/13
The Capitol Center for the Arts presents this season's final two Showtime Sunday performances, The Gizmo Guys, on April 13 at 1pm and 4pm. Known for their humor as well as technique, The Gizmo Guys' rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages
New York residents Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker formed The Gizmo Guys in 1987, and have taught juggling at the French and Canadian National Circus Schools. Jacobs was a co-founder of the comedy group Slap Happy, instructed at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College, and won an International Jugglers Association Solo Championship. Felker performed with The Harlem Globetrotters and later settled and performed extensively in Europe. Prior to The Gizmo Guys, Felker was half of the Dynamotion Jugglers duo.
Individual tickets are $20 and tickets purchased in groups of four or more are $16.25. Tickets are available now by calling 603-225-1111, online at www.ccanh.com, and at the box office, located at 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Allan Jacobs was taught to juggle by his roommate while attending the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he graduated in 1977. Shortly thereafter, he co-founded the comedy group Slap Happy (with Brian O'Connor and Tom Keegan) which was twice awarded Best Comedy of the Year by The Boston Globe, played at over 200 colleges and universities, enjoyed a four month run at The Other End in New York City, and made numerous appearances on local and national television. While not touring with Slap Happy, Allan taught at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's Clown College (1978), won the International Jugglers Association's Team Championship with Fred Garbo (1978), and Solo Championship (1983) and collaborated as technical consultant on The Complete Juggler, written by Dave Finnigan and published in 1987 by Vintage books.
Barrett Felker learned the art of juggling at the age of 15, from his cousin. After completing his studies at the University of Arizona, he moved to Boulder, Colorado where he collaborated with Peter Davison and Kezia Tenenbaum and in 1980 won the International Jugglers Association's Team Championship. Later that year he launched a solo career by taking an eight week contract with The Harlem Globetrotters that was extended time and again. Three years, five continents and thirty countries later, he settled in Europe where he worked his solo act in circuses and variety theaters for two more years and learned to speak Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. In 1985 Barrett teamed up with Jim Strinka to form The Dynamotion Jugglers, a duo that appeared with New York City's Big Apple Circus, Germany's Circus Krone and on television variety shows in Europe and South America/