Sunday, November 13
Vaudeville Circus Comedy for the Whole Family
The Music Hall Presents
Handsome Little Devils
Squirm Burpee Circus
Friday, November 25, 2011 7pm
“Inventive and hilarious!”– New York Times
You’ve eaten Thanksgiving leftovers, survived your Black Friday shopping—now it’s time to kick back and enjoy some big-time family entertainment at The Music Hall! On Friday, November 25, put away the remote control, grab Aunt Gertie and all the kids, and get out of the house and into the magic for an amazing all-ages extravaganza: Handsome Little Devils Present Squirm Burpee Circus, starting 7 pm at the Historic Theater.
“The Music Hall is thrilled to welcome this exhilarating, one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that will have the whole family rolling in the aisles,” says Patricia Lynch, Executive Director of The Music Hall. “Get ready for a sensational Vaudeville circus comedy with explosive acts, eye-popping gadgets and gizmos, chain saw juggling, audience interaction, and plenty of laughs!”
About the Show
Based in Denver, Colorado, Handsome Little Devil Productions Theatre Company has four core performers presenting Squirm Burpee Circus to sold-out theaters across the globe. The tale begins with evil host Baron Vegan von Hamburger, sworn enemy of the Squirm Burpee Circus, taking audiences on a journey back in time with his breathtaking Monkey-Powered Circus Wagon. Inside the Circus, anything can happen, and the Baron can’t wait to put an end to it all! On the other hand, Mike the Handsome and Dashing Dave are two dapper Vaudevillians and world-class jugglers trying to put on a show, despite their unique girl problems. Dave falls in love with a new audience member every show, while Mike has forsworn love altogether! Add the Mike-obsessed Lovely Little Lolo to the mix, and you’ve got a recipe for romantic disaster! Will Dave ever find his One True Love? Will Lolo win Mike’s heart? Will the Baron succeed and obliterate them once and for all?
“Can outjuggle, outdance and outbalance any of the energetic acts that used to drive The Ed Sullivan Show in its heyday,” said The New York Times in a review of the sold-out Squirm Burpee Circus show at the New Victory Theater in New York City last year.
Said Time Out New York, “Determined to break down the barrier between actor and audience, the production’s four-person cast transforms old-fashioned flights of theatrical fancy into interactive and accessible kids’ entertainment.”
About the Performers
Mike Huling (Co-Founder/Artistic Director/Mike the Handsome) began his performing career at the ripe age of four, when he starred in a family talent show blowing bubbles. Later, with big brother Dan at his side, he honed his skills as a sculptor and printmaker at Colorado State University, until the brothers decided to go into Vaudeville. After performing to rave reviews in more than 12 countries across the globe, the Huling brothers were featured on The Tonight Show, where they charmed audiences with their Ballet of the Flame-Throwing Pogo Sticks! In 2000, they launched The Handsome Little Devils Productions Theatre Company. When he’s not performing or building props or sets for the Squirm Burpee Circus, Mike works as a designer and freelance artist in his hometown of Denver.
Dave Clay (Dashing Dave) has performed in theaters and festivals around the world, from comedy clubs in San Francisco, to The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, to the International Jugglers Association stage. He entertains with an adept passion built on quick wit and outstanding stunts.
Cole Schneider (Artistic Manager, The Lovely Little Lolo) has enjoyed being on stage since the second grade, and has been performing with the Handsome Little Devils since 2005. She trained at Denver’s Academy of Theatre Arts, where she learned physical comedy, dance, and slapstick under the direction of Paul Dwyer and Alann Worley, and earned her BFA in dramatic writing at New York University.
Jason Knauf (Baron Vegan von Hamburger) recently moved back to his home state of Colorado from Chicago, where he studied improvisational theater at the Second City Conservatory, IO Training Center, and Annoyance Theater Training Program. He has performed with the Cowlick! improv team at Chicago’s only nonprofit improvisational theater co-op, The Playground Theater, and with the children’s improv theater show Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale.