Saturday Evening Variety Extravaganza!
October 6, 2012 at 8:00pm
Toy Boat Community Art Space
101 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC
$10 Suggested Donation
This is the highlight of the festival! An all ages/family friendly show featuring local and national talents, sharing a variety of skills. Tom Hughes (a.k.a. Professor Whizzpop), a truly talented magician and delightful raconteur, will once again grace our stage to explain exactly why he thinks the ability to catch things sequentially and throw them away again can hardly be considered “entertainment”. His gut-busting comedy will be interlaced with a host of skilled performers throughout the evening. Have no doubt, your jaw will be sore as it goes from ear-to-ear grins, to dropped in awe, and back… over and over again throughout the evening. We’ll also be holding a raffle for some amazing prizes provided by Dube Juggling, Higgins Brothers Juggling, The Costume Shoppe, and The Hop Ice Cream Cafe.
Currently, performers we have lined up for this show include:
Wendal Wandell – Magic
Madison J. Cripps – Puppeteering
David Winston – Diabolo
Sadye Ostrloh – Trapeze
Brandon Malzahn – Contact Juggling
Laura Goetz – Hoop Manipulation
Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth featuring Will Murray – Club Passing
And more to come…
Friday Night Renegade Show!
October 5, 2012 at 11:00pm
Toy Boat Community Art Space
101 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC
An “open stage” night of sorts. This is open to any and all performers to share whatever they like, whether it’s a new concept or a tried and true favorite. This show is lots of fun, and you never know what you will get.
So expect the unexpected, and feel free to join in and bring something to share. As we do not control the content, this show is recommended for adults 18 and above.
Saturday Evening Performer Information
Will Murray grew up on a farm in Virginia with no other kids around, so he learned to juggle instead of playing soccer. Now he lives in California and likes puppies, long soulful walks on the beach, and traveling around juggling. He has performed on five continents, including with the National Circus of Laos.
Author, teacher, and theatrical entertainer, Thomas J. Shimeld, is the Wordsmith of Wonder Wendal Wandell. At the age of eleven, Thomas J. Shimeld began working as a professional magician doing children’s birthday parties. Through the years he has progressed to working at water themed amusement parks, charity events, and festivals. Shimeld apprenticed eight years with Marco the Magi’s Production of “Le Grand David and His Own Spectacular Magic Company” the longest-running resident magic show, according to Guinness World Records.
Fli-Rite Productions, Inc. was co-founded by Shimeld and his wife Jennifer as a multi-media visual arts production company for the entertainment and education of its audiences. As Wendal Wandell, Shimeld has appeared at private functions from birthdays to events at the Biltmore, as well as public events such as the Downtown Morganton Festival. Shimeld has organized Vaudeville Magic along with the WNC Magic Club as a fundraiser show for schools and charitable organizations. Through Fli-Rite Learning’s educational programs, Shimeld inspires children across the Southeast to read.
Shimeld is the founder of The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to making disability disappear through the education, entertainment, and inspiration of children. Learn more about Wendal Wandell here: www.magicwandell.com
Madison J. Cripps
Madison J. Cripps became a professional puppeteer in 2006 while working on a small farm in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts. Supporting his puppetry is a diverse and intense history of fine art, construction, environmentalism and theatre. He moved to Asheville, NC in 2009 and is an active member of the performing arts community. Madison has a puppet workshop at Phil Mechanic Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District where he constructs all his puppets and teaches workshops. As a performer his unique hand carved marionettes come to life with song, improvised interaction and pun. Learn more here: crippspuppets.tumblr.com
Dave became intrigued with the diabolo many years ago after attending a renaissance festival in Annapolis MD. After picking up his first diabolo in 2007 at the Lake Eden Arts Festival in Black Mountain, NC, he spent the countless hours teaching himself the skills and learning everything he can about this fascinating object. He had his first public performance with Asheville Vaudeville in September and is working on a new routine and some new tricks for future shows. He always enjoys teaching anyone who has an interest and a willingness to learn.
Forty Fingers & A Missing Tooth
Asheville’s premiere juggling troupe! OK, they’re Asheville’s only juggling troupe, but don’t let that fool you. Sure, they could win your adoration with our stunning good looks, charm, and wit alone – but throw in some world-class object manipulation and you’ll never think of love in the same way again. Learn more at: fortyfingersjuggling.com
Sadye likes cats, ice cream and circus. She studied Trapeze, Chinese Acrobatics and Partner Acrobalance at the Circus Center in San Francisco and came home to Asheville 7 years ago to co-found The Runaway Circus with some other lovely folks! She also recently co-founded the Toy Boat Community Art Space, and heads up the circus school, both teaching and administrating! You can find her performing with The Runaway Circus performance troupe or with her band, The Sugarfoot Serenaders!
Laura ‘SpinWheel’ Goetz is a member the Asheville Hoops Troupe and has performed as solo artist since 2009. After being inspired by a hooper at an outdoor show, and coincidently being lent a hoop by a friend, Laura began her path of hoop exploration. From ‘spinning around in the backyard’ and watching YouTube videos, Laura’s developed a unique style of hooping, that is influenced by many different facets of hoop dance. From lyrical hoop dance, to illusions and isolations, poi-style twins, and Native American hoop dance.
Laura began performing with Asheville Hoops Troupe in the Spring of 2010, and made her fire-hooping premiere at the Lake Eden Arts Festival.
Brandon has been contact juggling for 5 years. He’s a sucker for the novel and unusual, and has been working to develop a unique style to help inspire others to push themselves, and explore even more crazy ideas. His contact juggling seamlessly fuses with elements of various street dance styles.