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Vaudeville circus coming to Sunnyside

The Squirm Burpee Circus will perform at the Sunnyside High School auditorium next Monday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Lower Valley Community Concert series.

The circus features classic vaudeville comedy, juggling, unicycles, dancers, stilt walkers, high-skill circus acts and a plot rooted in American melodrama, plus the very unique Squirm Burpee Circus Wagon.

The Squirm Burpee Circus is a creation of Denver, Colorado-based Handsome Little Devils Productions. Co-founders Mike and Dan Huling, the original Handsome Little Devils, started the company in 2000, when they began performing on sidewalks and street corners in Ft. Collins, Colo.

Since then, they have performed around the world in 12 different countries, the USA and Canada.

Expect a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience featuring an eye-catching cast and beautiful "Cirque de Soleil"-like aesthetics.

The show explodes with high-energy acts like the human cannon, the ladder of love and chainsaw juggling, not to mention classic vaudeville comedy routines, hilarious romantic antics and swing dancing!

The humble host and sworn enemy of the circus is none other than the Baron Vegan von Hamburger who takes the audience on a journey back in time with his breathtaking "Monkey-Powered Circus Wagon."

At this circus, anything can happen, but the Baron wants 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 there's a recipe for romantic disaster!

Together, the trio evokes the comedy of the "Smothers Brothers" and "Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis;" while Mike and Lolo's hilarious antics are reminiscent of "I Love Lucy."

Throughout the show, the evil Baron Vegan von Hamburger is plotting to destroy them all.

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?

For more information about the show, check out: handsomelittledevils.com.

Tickets are available at the door. Adult season subscriptions for the remaining performances cost $50, and an adult ticket for this one performance costs $30.

Student subscriptions are $15, and students up to 18 years of age may attend this performance for $5.

A family season subscription for two adults and two students costs $105.

As a part of its commitment to bring quality entertainment and music to the Lower Valley, the concert series association will also have an "encore performance" for local students at the Sunnyside High School auditorium on Monday, March 7, at 10 a.m.

"Encore performances" are typically after the adult performance, but scheduling conflicts required this change.

Students will attend at no cost to them or the schools, as a part of the concert series' educational mission.

For more information, call Jean Corliss at 882-1668, Barbara Skinner at 839-5222, Liz Donaldson at 509-786-3070 or Carlina and Jorge Lobos at 509-829-6596 (also in Spanish).

Information is also available at www.lowervalley concerts.embarqspace.com.

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