Talk about sacrificing for your art! Two performers in the steampunk circus troupe, Handsome Little Devils — who are engaged to be married — went so far as to postpone their wedding so their show, Squirm Burpee Circus: A Vaudevillian Melodrama, could run at The New Victory Theater from November 12th through 28th. Plan to see it? I do. (review coming soon). It’s sure to be a different kind of circus, and one that kids…and adults…of all ages will enjoy.
Squirm Burpee Circus is a family-friendly “vaudevillian melodrama” that features fast-paced comedy, first-class acrobatics and juggling, dance, zany contraptions and a melodrama plot: there’s a good guy, a bad guy, and a damsel in distress. Mike the Handsome (Mike Huling), Dashing Dave (Dave Clay) and Lovely Little Lolo (Cole Schneider, Mr. Huling’s fiancé) play a beloved circus trio that must outwit the dastardly Baron Vegan Von Hamburger (Jason Knauf) – a mustachioed villain decidedly dedicated to their demise.
Squirm Burpee Circus is directed by Armitage Shanks. Choreography is by Dan Newsome and Matthew Schneider, costume design is by Sarah Campbell, lighting design is by Joey Wartnerchaney, and set design is by Michael and Dan Huling. So, when are Cole and Mike finally getting hitched? “July 16, 2011. We’ve been dating for six years, so pushing it back a bit is okay.”