‘Snowkus Pocus’ a winter show for all-ages
Published 12:00 am, Tuesday, December 5, 2017
What happens when a young girl becomes bored during a gloomy blizzard and lets her imagination roam wild through a “winter wonderland” — an enchanted land where “magical characters juggle snowflakes and balance icicles”?
A lot, says Tad Emptage, producer and founder of Cirque-tacular in 2008, a company that has grown to nine touring productions featuring ballet, acrobatics and specialty acts. Emptage brings his “Snowkus Pocus” to the Ridgefield Playhouse for two performances on Saturday, Dec. 9.
In a recent telephone chat, Emptage described the plot: “It’s snowing out and young bored Brianna’s imagination is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. Wintry characters, such as the mischievous Jack Frost, the elegant Snow Queen, formidable North Wind and shapeshifter Azura, show Brianna the many moods of the winter season through dance, acrobatics, suspended spectacle and more. It’s all set to an energetic score filled with passages that range from fun and jazzy to dramatic and delicate, depending on the current action on stage.
“Along the way, she learns some valuable lessons,” he added.
Based in New York City, Cirque-tacular presents about 300 shows a year, with a core group of 30 acrobats and about 300 on-call artists, Emptage said.
Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 E. Ridge. Saturday, Dec. 9, 4 and 7 p.m. $25, $20 children. 203-438-5795, ridgefieldplayhouse.org
His shows run the gamut from kids’ events to society bashes, specializing in “cirque, circus, sideshow, carnival, specialty and unique-themed entertainment for corporate, public, community and sophisticated social events” in more than 70 countries.
“ ‘Snowkus Pocus’ is for all-ages, family-friendly” and debuted in Manhattan earlier this year. “This is our first national tour” for the production, he said. “A grandmother can bring her granddaughter and, sitting side by side, each would enjoy this show.” He tells visitors that it’s appropriate for age “4 to 104.”
A mountain climber and musical theater buff, Emptage said that cirque-style performing seemed like a natural progression for him. For years an aerial acrobat, Emptage spends most of his time directing and creating shows.
“Creating the shows ... having characters in my head, and then seeing them brought to life by these amazing performers is a real joy. And I am really proud that we are an American company that brings joy and smiles to all types and all ages,” he said.
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