The Circus is in town — but this one stars puppets! Circus is the perfect showcase for master puppeteer Christopher Piper to display his considerable talent and creativity with an array of incredible feats of puppetry. Some of the puppets have really stood the test of time asthey were made by Piper’s father, Len Piper, well before the Puppet Co. was founded 35 years ago.
Circus opens with Piper taking the stage dressed in full Ringmaster attire accompanied by a lovely assistant. Just like in a real circus, all acts take place within the circus ring. The first act features a seal that Piper controls with such precision that the puppet really seems to come to life. My son was convinced that he was watching a live seal performing rather than a puppet. Another highlight of the show is a bear that performs a variety of tricks with a wand that he balances and throws in the air in ways few puppets can. My son’s favorite act was a wolf that Piper has to cajole into performing. Another crowd favorite was an unusual act involving Indiana Smith demonstrating feats of bravery with his ability to pop balloons with his whip and battle a lion. Of course, Circus also features clowns that clown around.
Circus is different than most Puppet. Co. Theater shows in that it does not follow a set story. Instead, patrons are treated to a non-stop variety of tricks that elicited more ohhs, ahhs, and wows than I have ever heard at a live performance accompanied by near non-stop clapping. After each act my son asked me if there would be another and was continually delighted with the entertainment on stage. When the show did come to an end he was visibly disappointed as were other children who didn’t want the Cricus to end.
Ladies, gentleman, and children of all ages will enjoy the show!
What You Should Know
- The Puppet Co. Playhouse is located in Glen Echo Park.
- Circus plays on Thursdays and Fridays at 11:00 and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 and 1:00.
- The show runs approximately 35 minutes, making it manageable for families that include young children.
- Tickets are $12.00 for everyone two and up. There are discounts for group sales and a trip to the Puppet Co. makes a great outing for a playgroup or birthday parties. Tickets can be purchased by online or by calling (301) 634-5380.
- There is plenty of free parking at Glen Echo, but be sure to allot five to ten minutes to walk from the parking lot to the theatre. The path from the parking lot to the theater is completely flat and stroller-friendly.
- There is a designated place to leave strollers just outside the theatre door. Doors open fifteen minutes before the show begins.
- Seating is general admission with seating for children available on the floor. There are also plenty of benches available for grown-ups and kids who prefer to sit in s seat.
- There are two live-feed monitors in the lobby so you will not miss any of the show if you need to step out with your child for a moment.
- Circus is recommended for “Children of All Ages” and we agree!
- Be sure to grab a photo with a puppet (and puppeteer) after the show!
- If you see the play on a nice day be sure to take advantage of Glen Echo’s playground before or after the show. The Carousel is closed for repairs for the season.
- Circus runs through August 4th.