A mystical, African‐style circus takes over the Tower for three performances October 26 and 27, plus a special show for school children. The Tower Theatre Foundation kicks-off its CenterStage Series with performers from Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania staging pole acts and human pyramids, Egyptian limbos, South African gumboot dances, Gabonese tumbling, and Ethiopian contortions—all accompanied by live music and percussionists.
“This is the kind of event that defines the diversity and purpose of the Tower Theatre,” said Ray Solley, executive director. “It’s a family-friendly extravaganza that brings the world to Bend.”
In addition to three public shows, the Tower Foundation is making a free performance available to students through its award-winning LessonPLAN (Performing Live Arts Now) initiative. Students from Amity Creek, Lava Ridge, and M.A. Lynch elementary schools – plus a group of home schooled students – will attend an educational matinee Monday, October 27. “We’re thrilled to have a theatre full of area students experiencing the culture and energy of these international performers,” added Mollie Tennant, the Tower’s education coordinator. Parents or teachers interested in attending can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-317-0700 for more information and reservations.
Bend Surgery Center is the title sponsor of the CenterStage Series. Showcase sponsor is Mt. View Heating, with supporting sponsors Deschutes Brewery and Central Oregon Radiology. Performance Sponsors are Knute and Patricia Buehler. Performance Night Sponsor is Drake Restaurant. The featured on-tap beer pairing for Cirque Zuma Zuma is Deschutes’ Chasin Freshies Fresh Hop IPA.
The nonprofit Tower Theatre Foundation owns and operates the historic stage in downtown Bend. The Foundation’s mission is to be the leading performing arts organization, providing cultural and education programs that make an essential contribution to Central Oregon’s lifestyle and strengthen the community. Membership, program information and individual and group tickets are available at the box office (835 NW Wall), by phone (541-317-0700) or online (www.towertheatre.org). Details on events are also at facebook.com/TheTowerTheatre.
What: Cirque Zuma Zuma
When: Sunday & Monday, Oct. 26 & 27 – 7:30 pm
Monday, Oct. 27 – 3 pm
Where: Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon
Tickets: $27 / $35 / $42
Plus $2 Historic Theatre Restoration Fee
541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org