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July 29 thru August 15, 2012
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Artistic Director: Elizabeth “Betty” Butler
In our 2010 summer production of Sawdust, two elderly gentlemen, Tony Steele and Willie Edelston, told a story that took the audience back in time to the Golden Age of Circus, when young Tony and Willie ran away to join the glitz and glamour of the big top – only to find that there’s also drama and danger in life in the sawdust. Joining a crew of rowdy roustabouts, Tony and Willie quickly learned who really runs the show: the mighty, Musclemen Daredevils and the uppity, Divas of Danger, but most of all the dastardly, manipulative, power-crazed Ringmaster, who runs the center ring with showmanship and charisma—but the rest of the circus with an iron fist. Leading a team of roustabouts and performers, wild animals and sideshow acts, the tenuous, fear-based control that the Ringmaster has over his circus snapped as all forces came together to take over the show and thwart his stronghold!
… Drift back in time and enjoy all the daredevil aerial feats, bizarre side shows, amazing animal acts, clown antics, and one-of-a-kind glamour from a bygone era, experienced through the eyes of two young dreamers. Part coming-of-age tale, part action-adventure, this performance will surely inspire a few more intrepid souls to run away—if only for a few hours—to experience the fantasy life under the spotlight…
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