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Village Theatre to Present LAZER VAUDEVILLE 11/16

Lazer Vaudeville combines high-tech laser magic with the traditional arts of vaudeville to create an original theatrical production. This exciting event will be held at Everett Civic Auditorium on November 16, 2008 at 2:00 PM only. Complete with superlative juggling, black light illusion, acrobatics, zany comedy, and audience participation, Lazer Vaudeville offers good wholesome fun for the entire family. A cast of fantastical characters leads the audience on a journey through the imagination as a wizard creates magical illusions with laser beams, a neon cowboy kicks up a luminescent rope-spinning display, and an audience member escapes from a straitjacket. The master of ceremonies is a seven-foot tall, fluorescent dragon named Alfonzo.

Touring since 1987, Lazer Vaudeville fulfills founder Carter Brown's dream of bringing contemporary vaudeville to the American stage. Internationally acclaimed as a master of his craft, Brown demonstrates the endangered art of hoop rolling. Brown also collaborates with performers Cindy Marvell and Nicholas Flair to fly indoor kites, spin glowing staffs, and juggle running chainsaws. "The kind of juggling we do blows away everybody's concept of what juggling is about," Brown comments. Together the troupe creates pinwheel illusions and percussive sounds with South American bolas, bounces balls off airborne drums in a mesmerizing ensemble piece, and defies the laws of probability by passing up to ten clubs in an engaging display of buffoonery and expertise.

Lazer Vaudeville has performed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and was featured in the P.B.S. specials, Juggling Work and Family with Hedrick Smith and Center Stage at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. International tours have included theatre festivals in England, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Bermuda, and Saudi Arabia.

In addition to the public performance, school matinee performances of Lazer Vaudeville will also take place at the Everett Civic Auditorium (November 17, 2008, 10:00AM and Noon) and the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center (November 19, 2008, 10:00AM and Noon). School performances may be arranged by calling Village Theatre’s Pied Piper office at (425) 257-6343.

Families who are interested in getting a taste for this show before November 16, 2008, can attend the “Page to Stage Story times,” led by Pied Piper Manager Erica Weir. These engaging and interactive 15-minute readings expand upon the themes and books associated with this particular Pied Piper performance. Story times for this show will take place at Imagine Children’s Museum on Wednesday, November 5, 2008 between 11:15 AM—1:00 PM. Weir will read three times during that time block; each reading will be followed by a related activity in the Imagine Art Studio.

This production is two hours in length and is recommended for audiences of all ages and their families. For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Michelle Sanders at (425) 392-1942 x124 or at msanders@villagetheatre.org. Production photos are available at: http://www.villagetheatre.org/photos_pp-lazer-vaudeville.shtml.


About Village Theatre Pied Piper

The Pied Piper program is dedicated to enriching the cultural lives of young people and supporting the classroom objectives of educators by bringing first-class educational performances to students, teachers, and families in the Puget Sound area. A Programming Advisory Committee, made up of teachers, principals, administrators, and parents advise on the selection of productions and presentations for each season’s series, with the final selections being made by Village Theatre's educational and artistic staff.

 
About Village Theatre

Based in Issaquah, WA, with operations in Everett, Village Theatre is a leading producer of musical theatre in the Pacific Northwest. Producing entertaining quality productions for the entire family since 1979, Village Theatre has grown into one of the region's best-attended Equity theatres, with over 18,000 subscribers and 170,000 projected total attendance each season. Through its Village Originals program, Village Theatre is nationally recognized for its contribution to the development of new musicals, having launched over 80 new works to date. Village Theatre also takes pride in nurturing tomorrow’s audiences through its youth education programs, Pied Piper and KIDSTAGE, serving over 54,000 young people, families, and schools annually.



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