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2013-2014 Season On Sale!

      The time has finally come.  Chandler Center of the Arts 2013-2014 season is here! There are a variety of spectacular acts from The Moscow Festival Ballet, the classic bands like The Bee Gees and Queen, comedians like Yakov Smirnoff, fabulous singers like Dick Van Dyke and the Vantastix and Debbie Reynolds, to the Zoppe Italian Family Circus. Come enjoy these shows and be apart of the fun and excitement of the Chandler community.

     Tickets are on sale now, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to see wonderful performances from all different genres, cultures, and backgrounds.

Jive Talkin’ Recreate & Present The Bee Gees
Saturday, November 9, 2013 | 7:30pm
Accompanied by a live String Section, the Bee Gees Greatest Hits are brought incredibly back to life!

Michael A. Pollack presents Blood, Sweat & Tears
Saturday, November 16, 2013 | 7:30pm
Major hit singles “You Made Me So Very Happy”, “Spinning Wheel”, “And When I Die”.

ZOPPE, An Italian Family Circus
December 26-Janaury 5, 2014
A one-ring circus featuring acrobatic feats, canine capers and equestrian showmanship.

Dick Van Dyke & The Vantastix
Saturday, January 25, 2014 | 7:30pm
Dick Van Dyke will walk (and sing) us through his extraordinary 60 years in show business!

Mr. & Mrs. Wyatt Earp “The Sunset Years”
Starring Wyatt Earp and Terry Earp
Sunday, January 26, 2014 | 3pm
The play follows the sometimes turbulent times of the couple’s 47-year life together.

Moscow Festival Ballet presents Swan Lake
Friday, January 31, 2014 | 7:30pm
Odette yearns for freedom as she awaits Prince Siegfried’s declaration of love and her release from a swan’s body.

Jeanne Robertson, Humorist
Saturday, February 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
Jeanne is a master story teller! In her down-home Southern drawl, she turns her personal experiences into funny stories that leave her audiences in stitches!

The Texas Tenors
Saturday, February 15, 2014 | 7:30pm
A blend of Country, Classical, Gospel and Broadway filled with humor and cowboy charm!

River City Brass, “American Heroes”
Saturday, February 22, 2014 | 3pm
RCB has a powerful repertoire of music from classical, pops, jazz and marches.   

Pat Metheny Unity Group
Chris Potter, Antonio Sanchez, Ben Williams & Giulio Carmassi
Sunday, February 23, 2014 | 7pm
2013 Grammy Award Winners for Best Instrumental Jazz Album!

Debbie Reynolds
Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 7:30pm
An evening of nostalgic music and memories.

One Night Of Queen
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 7:30pm
Gary Mullen brings Freddie Mercury back to life with “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “We Will Rock You,” “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Another One Bites the Dust” and “We Are the Champions”.

Branson’s Two-Time Comedian of the Year!
Yakov Smirnoff
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 7:30pm

The funny Russian-American philosopher brings us unique insights into life, family, and these United States.  “What A Country!”

Friday, March 21, 2014 | 7:30pm
Often described as Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group, Siro-A perfectly fuse modern technology with mime, breath-taking optical illusions, movement and comedy all set to a pulsating electro beat.

Bella Gaia
Friday, March 28, 2014 | 7:30pm
Combines high fidelity imagery of the Earth from space, data, and stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.

Purchase Your Tickets Here!

Till We Meet Again…

The holiday break seems to have flown by and now we are back at work and the kids are back at school. We sincerely hope your break was wonderful. Here at Chandler Center for the Arts we had a blast. We were lucky enough to have the Zoppé Italian Circus grace our west lawn. Every day was filled with thrilling acts, laughter, and tons of fun.

ZoppeCampLast week we even hosted the CUSD Zoppé Circus Camp. On the first day of camp one of the participants was ready to return home because of stage fright. Thankfully a few minutes of speaking with our Marketing Assistant we convinced her to stay. By the end of the camp, she was performing and having a grand ol’ time. To top it off she even presented our Marketing Assistant with a little drawing of gratitude (see side photo).  Hosting the camp kids was a bundle of fun.

Come Saturday evening, we were all sad to see the show close. Needless to say, we can’t wait until the circus comes to town next year.

In the mean time, be sure to come see one of our amazing upcoming shows. Click here for the complete list.

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Celebrate New Year’s Eve Under The Big Top

Can you believe 2012 is coming to a close? It has been a wonderful year here at Chandler Center for the Arts. Numerous talented artists graced our stage bringing enjoyment to our audiences.

So how could we possibly celebrate the close of such a great year? Well with the Zoppé Italian Family Circus, of course. Consider this your formal invitation to join us Decemeber 31 to kick off the New Year’s Eve celebrations. Snag your tickets to this fun-filled event here. The show includes acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, and clowning around. And let’s not forget, each guest will receive New Year’s Eve party favors to help celebrate the New Year.  See you there!

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Before you go to the circus be sure to try one of our participating Eat Your Art Out Chandler restaurants.

Run Away to the Circus

Zoppe 013Ready to run away to the circus? If so, you are in luck! The Zoppé Italian Family circus is coming to Chandler Center for the Arts on December 26. The circus will be in town until Jan. 5, 2013.

Although it might not be a “permanent escape” the show will allow you to run away from your daily to-dos and be swept away by the acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, and clowning around. So pack your bags  (more like pack up the car with your friends and family) and head over to the big white and blue striped tent.

Zoppe 010As soon as you arrive, you are instantly transported to the old Italian circus world. People are bustling around, the smell of popcorn wafts though the air,  circus music plays in the background, and excitement abounds. The performers enter the ring and you can bet your inner child will emerge. You will laugh, you will cry, you will be on the edge of your seat! Before you know it you are lost in the magic of the circus.

As the show comes to an end you might find yourself asking Giovanni Zoppe, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino the clown, if you can join the circus.  Today could be your lucky day.

Either way, make sure you run away to the Zoppé Italian Family circus this season, even if it is just for a day!

To learn more or to purchase tickets click here.

Monday Mashup: Dances of Sugar Plum Fairies

These past couple of weekends were full of incredibly talented dancers, holiday music, and holiday cheer. We welcomed Tempe Dance Academy’s Spirit of Christmas to our stage for four amazing shows. Here is a small glimpse of the magic we experienced.

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And don’t miss out on the upcoming Zoppé Italian Family Circus (December 26 – January 5).

The Circus is Coming!


Back by popular demand,the Zoppé Italian Family Circus returns to Chandler December 26-January 5!

Last season audiences were charmed and dazzled by this Old-World family circus and they can expect the same this season with new acts and audience favorites.

If you’ve never been to see the show, the Zoppé Italian Family Circus is reminiscent of the intimate one-ring European family circuses of the last century. The inside of the tent is very colorful with strings of lights and festive Italian music playing in the background. This magnificent show is propelled by a central story featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.

https://i2.wp.com/chandlercenter.org/performances/zoppe/Zoppe_Nino-hang.jpgGiovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino The Clown, says the show aims higher than the high–concept, high-dollar cirque shows.

“Nobody knows what real circus is,” said Giovanni. “I’m not going to say we’re better than a Cirque du Soleil show at all. It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing. But it’s not circus. When a kid imagines a circus, [Zoppé Italian Circus] is what they think of. It’s exactly the way it’s supposed to be. It’s like the circus was 100 years ago.”

Or, more precisely, as it was 170 years ago, in 1842, when a French clown named Napoline Zoppé met a ballerina, Ermenegilda, in Hungary, and they ran away to Venice. They were Giovanni’s great great-grandparents.

Cecil B. DeMille brought Giovanni’s father Alberto Zoppé here from Italy.  Alberto appeared in “The Greatest Show on Earth,” Mr. DeMille’s Oscar-winning film, and rose in circus lore with his signature act: a backwards, flat somersault – his torso straight as a pole, not tucked into a ball – off the back of a running horse onto the back of a second running horse.

He met his wife, then Sandra Kayler, in the early 1960’s on the road. “They asked for volunteers from the audience,” Sandra recalled. “No one would volunteer for it, and I felt bad, so I volunteered. He was 43. I was 17.” They married and had three children. Alberto passed away in 2009 leaving Giovanni as the patriarch of the family business.

Twenty-two years ago, it almost fell apart. Giovanni was 30 feet from the ground, spinning end-over-end while standing on a trapeze, a highlight of his clown act. “I went outside the circle of centrifugal force. I came down headfirst. I remember falling, but I don’t remember much after that.”https://i0.wp.com/chandlercenter.org/performances/zoppe/zoppe_s08.jpg

His mother said he landed in a fetal position in the sawdust of the ring and stopped moving. “I dream about it,” she said, still clearly shaken by the memory.

He spent four days in a coma and awoke incoherent and listing to his right.  But Giovanni recovered and again put on the costume of Nino the Clown and returned to the ring on the one-year anniversary of his accident.

This family show reaches across generations, creating lasting memories for your entire family!

The circus runs December 26 – January 5.  Tickets are available at www.chandlercenter.org or by calling the box office at 480-782-2680

Zoppé Circus Camp

This week, the Zoppé family took some time to show a few Chandler kids how to be proper circus performers.

Behind the scenes of Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus

This morning it was our treat to have Jayme King, meterologist from Fox 10, come out and experience the Zoppé Circus first hand.  We even got him involved in the tricks that you may see over the course of the circus’ run.


Why juggle balls and batons when you can juggle people?


Here’s a wonderful preview of what you may find at the Circus


What do Jayme and the Old Spice guy have in common? They are both on a horse.


No show is ever the same, so if you come more than once, you’ll see a different show each time. If you still haven’t gotten your tickets, you can get them here, but be aware that some shows are sold out.

Monday Mashup: Thankful

The list of things that we’re thankful for at the Center goes on and on, and if I wrote a blog post about everything that we and I were thankful for, it would be a great blog post, but I’m not sure anyone would stick around and read it. So, I’ll keep it short and simple.

We’re thankful that Ballet Etudes is bringing back The Nutcracker for two weekend performances. The Nutcracker has always seemed like a holiday tradition and I’m happy that the Center is doing it’s part to keep the tradition alive. You can still snag tickets, but keep in mind that they are going fast.

We’re also thankful for our kids programs. We started with just a few week-long camps, but those have grown. Instead of one Glee Intensive camp for spring break, we’re offering two. So if you can’t make one, please don’t count us out, or think of this as a way to have even more fun on a spring break.

Plus, the Glee Camps have been such a success, that we’re now offering a longer workshop for all the young actors that way to get some extra experience. It runs once a week from January until April, and the students will get the training they need to improve their skills.

We’re also thankful for Zoppé Parties. I might just make up an excuse so I can have a party with a (non-creepy) circus.

This last one is a personal one, but I’m thankful for you. At first, I felt like a weirdo because I was blogging but I wasn’t sure if anyone was listening, but then you showed that you were. I started getting comments in real life about things that I was blogging about, and I had a few people quietly nudge me when they felt that I wasn’t blogging enough.

You rock. Thanks for listening to me and making me feel like I’m not a weirdo. I owe you a hug and/or high-five the next time we run into each other.

Party with Zoppé

In less than a month, a performance we’ve been looking forward to for months will finally be here.

Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus

It’s safe to say that pretty much everyone is excited about Zoppé, and with good reason. It’s not a modern circus (with clowns that freak me out) but an old world circus with characters that you can relate to.  We have people who come every year, and buy their tickets the first day they go on sale.

This year, we’re going to try something fun. We want people with December and January birthdays to stop feeling like their birthdays get lost in the hubbub of the holidays, so we’re going to let you have your birthday party at Chandler Center for the Arts before a Zoppé show.

Don’t have a December or January birthday? Not a problem! You can have any party that your heart desires at CCA and catch Zoppé afterwards. We’re equal opportunity partiers.

My brother’s birthday is right before Christmas, and I know it’s never fun to have your birthday overshadowed by a holiday, so this year make your birthday stand out. Besides, nothing beats a birthday party with a circus. Your move, Santa.

Here’s how it works. Zoppé is here from December 29-January 7th, and we have space for several parties during that time, both on the weekend and during the week. We provide table and chairs, you just need to bring your food, supplies and people! You get an hour and 45 minutes (1:45:00) to set up, party down and clean up.*

So gather 20 (or more!) of your closest friends, family and that one guy that you sort of know but want to make a good impression on and email me at caitie.quick@chandleraz.gov or call me at 480-782-2689 and I’ll hook you up!

(*Why 1:45:00? Because we don’t want you to miss the pre-show that starts 15 minutes before the actual circus performance!)