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Arts & Entertainment Squirm Burpee Circus performs at WCU March 2

The Squirm Burpee Circus will perform at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 2.The Squirm Burpee Circus will bring its unique blend of slapstick comedy, high-skill circus acts and classic melodrama to Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 2.

The performance, part of the 2013-14 Galaxy of Stars Series, will begin at 5 p.m.

Mike Huling, artistic director of Denver-based Handsome Little Devils Productions, which produces the show, describes the Squirm Burpee Circus performance as “a vaudevillian melodrama.”

“Essentially, the melodrama part is really cartoony, and the storytelling moves pretty fast. It’s playful and fun,” Huling said.

Billed as fun for the whole family, the show features an eye-catching cast and a beautiful, Cirque du Soleil-like aesthetic, with high-energy acts such as the Human Cannon, the Ladder of Love and chainsaw juggling, along with classic comedy routines, hilarious romantic antics and more.

The Squirm Burpee Circus features an eye-catching cast and a Cirque du Soleil-like aesthetic with high energy acts.The performance centers on the Baron Vegan von Hamburger, who is the humble host of the show and the sworn enemy of the Squirm Burpee Circus. Von Hamburger is in a constant struggle with Mike the Handsome and Dashing Dave, a pair of world-class jugglers and vaudeville performers. Dashing Dave can’t seem to help falling in love with an audience member every show, while the Lovely Little Lolo chases around Mike, vying for his heart. Comedy ensues around the three – and all the while, the Baron is plotting to destroy them and their circus.

“There are very few things to compare it to,” said Huling. “It does not disappoint audiences.”

Ticket prices are $20 for adults; $15 for WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for students and children. Ticket prices are $15 per person for groups of 20 or more and $10 per person for groups of 50 or more.

For tickets or more information about Galaxy of Stars events, contact the Bardo Arts Center box office at (828)227-2479 or go online to bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.


The Squirm Burpee Circus will perform at Western Carolina University’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Sunday, March 2.


The Squirm Burpee Circus features an eye-catching cast and a Cirque du Soleil-like aesthetic with high energy acts.





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