Performers wanted for Circus of the Normal

Katie Tower
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SACKVILLE, N.B. – The circus is coming to town and you can be the star of the show.

Sackville will host its first-ever ‘Circus of the Normal’ next week and organizers are seeking performers of all ages for the upcoming production.

Julia Feltham, one of the event organizers, said the intent is to bring people together in a “collaborative and playful” way to develop a show featuring an array of local talent.

“We’re putting a call out to all weirdos and normal people to come on out and take part in workshop and our show,” she said.

The show will combine skits and art performances in which normal everyday activities will be transformed into something extraordinary, outrageous or surreal while emulating a circus venue.

“It’s a chance for us to make fun of things that we do regularly,” said Feltham.

To take part, interested performers are encouraged to drop in during an open workshop on Thursday, Jan. 23 from 5-10 p.m. at Struts Gallery. The workshop will focus on theatre exercise and act brainstorming, in an effort to “ease people into the idea of performance art” – particularly if they’ve never been part of an event like this before.

Feltham said she hopes the event will draw in a lot of youth, particularly local high school students who are currently without a drama program. The circus and the workshop leading up to it will be a great opportunity for them to get inspired and be creative, she said.

Feltham will serve as one of the facilitators of the workshop, along with Zach Gough, Brian Riley and Andrew Maize, who are all community developers and artists.

“Then we’re going to build a circus,” she said.

On Friday and Saturday, Jan. 24-25, a work party/circus build will be held at 19 Bridge Street, next to the Black Duck Inn, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. where participants will have the chance to work on their act, collaborate with others, and help out with sets or costumes.

“And on Saturday, we’re going to have a show.”

Feltham said the Circus of the Normal will be presented Saturday evening at 7 p.m. at   the same location, 19 Bridge Street. Admission for all ages is $5 or pay what you can.

Organizations: Black Duck Inn

Geographic location: 19 Bridge Street

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