Cirque-a-palooza continues at the Pasadena Playhouse and you have until August 10, 2013 to go and see it. The variety show may have died on television, but Cirque-a-palooza has brought it back to the mainstage with “Road to Palooza.” 13 - 1-2

Created and directed by Stefan Haves this show is billed as a cirque variety spectacular and is the circus without animals.  Last night, at a preview performance, the mood was set a clown called super tall Paul and other street performers in the Playhouse courtyard. Paul sang but this show is billed as a modern day vaudeville event with a different line up every night so who knows what may happen.

Inside, we saw an incredible man(David Matz)  in the metal hoop. He was rolling on to the stage, spinning and counter balancing his muscular body. Aerialists Eric Newton and Lexi Pearl perform a set above the stage in the first half and there’s a juggler MooNie who had the audience roaring with laughter by contorting face during his routine.  Then there was the man on the still trapeze (Eric Newton) who showed you what having good core strength really meant. Mat Plendl, the national hula hoop champion, is also on stage and he will show you how to take the hula hoop to a level you never imagined.13 - 1-4

Smaller shows are also featured at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre. After the mainstage show, there’s a bit of burlesque and some off-beat acts hosted by pancake juggler Scot Nery. Nery performed last night with duct tape, a threat of knife juggling and a bit of contortion as we waited for his pancake to cook on stage.  Then we saw some real pancake flipping that you probably don’t want to try at home.

The bill was uneven as with most variety shows and if you’re expecting a full-blown Cirque du Soleil performance, you’ll be disappointed. Taken by itself, this is an amusing little evening full of little gems worth seeing and might inspire you to get back to the gym and work out a few cool moves. See the schedule below:

Friday, August 2

6:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Moonie

8:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

8:00 p.m. on The Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage – Road to Palooza: A Variety Show

Spectacular

Saturday, August 3

12:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Studio Zanni

2:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Benedikt Negro

6:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Mat Plendl

8:00 p.m. on The Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage – Road to Palooza: A Variety Show

Spectacular

10:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Jason Rodgers

Sunday, August 4

4:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Benedikt Negro

7:00 p.m. on The Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage – The Magic Castle Night – Spotlight Act!

10:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Brookledge Follies

Wednesday, August 7

8:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Mat Plendl

Thursday, August 8

9:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Grand Guignolers

Friday, August 9

4:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Benedikt Negro

6:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Amy G.

8:00 p.m. on The Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage – Road to Palooza: A Variety Show

Spectacular

Saturday, August 10

12:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Ten West

2:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Studio Zanni

4:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Amy G.

6:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Grand Guignolers

8:00 p.m. on The Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage – Road to Palooza: A Variety Show

Spectacular

10:00 p.m. in the Carrie Hamilton Theatre – Grand Guignolers

Sunday, August 11

7:00 p.m. on The Pasadena Playhouse Mainstage – Road to Palooza: A Variety Show

Spectacular

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