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The New Old Time Chautauqua


The New Old Time Chautauqua is a rare breed of traveling vaudevillians, presenting a rip-roaring, bells-and-whistles variety show for all ages, complete with jugglers, comedians, acrobats, musicians, magicians, a 15 piece stage band and much much more! Performers include the world-famous Flying Karamazov Brothers! Come spend the evening with this all-volunteer troupe of roving merry-makers, and share in their mission to build community through laughter, entertainment, and education! 

Circle July 6th and 7th on your calendar and get ready for two fun-filled days of laughter and merriment, as the New Old Time Chautauqua presents a two day extravaganza including a free parade, free workshops and community shows! Then on Saturday a star-studded Vaudeville Variety Show in the evening! Advance tickets only $13 for adults and $8 for children

At 1pm on Friday July 6th, come out to the Bend Circus Center and learn juggling, hula hoop tricks, knot throwing and swap songs! Learn Samba drumming, partner acrobalancing, and much more! All workshops are free. After the workshops, bring out your costumes and meet us downtown outside the Tower Theatre at 6pm for a parade through the First Friday Art Walk. The Marching Band will lead the procession, ending with music and fun at Mirror Pond Plaza, where we will present a short teaser show highlighting some of the many incredible acts that can be seen in the Big Show!

Finally, on Saturday July 7th at 7:30pm, join us at the Tower Theatre for a knock-yer-socks-off Vaudeville Variety Show—a zany evening of juggling, music, acrobatics, comedy and more! The Big Show features the world-famous Flying Karamazov Brothers with their Juggling and Cheap Theatrics! Renowned aerialist Alex Allan; The musical stylings of New York based folk duo PepperJill & Jack; The mesmerizing juggling of Poetic Motion Machine; The Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band/Orchestra and much much more! This will be a dizzying array of mirth and levity for all ages!

At the turn of the century “Chautauqua” was an original American form of entertainment and education. Tens of thousands of people attending traveling Chautauquas in small towns across mostly rural America to see the latest entertainment and hear the renowned speakers of the day, as varied as Mark Twain and Susan B. Anthony. At one point, there were hundreds of traveling Chautauquas touring the United States in the late 1800 and early 1900s. With the advent of radio, these traveling shows all but died out.

In 1981 clown MD Patch Adams, world renowned jugglers the Flying Karamazov Brothers and a few other creative souls came up with the crazy notion of reviving the traveling Medicine Show. The idea was to enlist 30 to 50 equally adventurous performers, health care practitioners and educators to travel around and present exciting, theater events in rural areas where live entertainment is a rare thing. This is the New Old Time Chautauqua’s 31st year of touring! Don't miss out on this opportunity to join in on the history and the fun!

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