Show to kick-off the DC Arts Association’s eighth season
By Kristen Miller
DASSEL, COKATO, MN Finalists during the 2011 season of America’s Got Talent, Cirque Zuma Zuma is coming to the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center Sunday, Sept. 30.
This African acrobatics team is expected to capture the audiences’ attention with its sky-scraping human pyramids, death-defying vertical pole acts, fire juggling, dancing, and much more.
“I’m really excited about this,” said Colleen Compton, executive director of the DC Arts Association. “It’s a great way to open our season.”
Cirque Zuma Zuma is the arts association’s first event of the 2012-13 season, and “this is a fun way to kick it off,” Compton said, explaining this variety show is unlike anything the association has done before.
From Nairobi, Kenya, these performers will provide a variety of entertainment and stunts something that all ages will enjoy, Compton noted.
A goal of the arts association is to bring affordable entertainment to the Dassel-Cokato area, which is why tickets are only $7 for youth and $15 for adults, Compton commented.
“It’s awesome entertainment right here on our stage,” she said, adding that there is also a YouTube video online for a sneak preview.
Other events this year
Cirque Zuma Zuma is the first event of the DC Arts Association’s eighth season, but there are other acts to look forward to this year, as well.
The next show will be the Christmas show, the Friday after Thanksgiving, entitled “At Christmas.”
“At Christmas” is a unique blend of holiday music, family-friendly comedy, and drama performed by three alumni of Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop, a comedy theater and performance school based in Minneapolis.
Though the Brave New Workshop can be edgy, this show is family-oriented with well-written short skits combined with music about Christmas, Compton noted. “It’s a nice combination of theatre and music,” she said.
Tickets will be available beginning Monday, Oct. 15.
Then, in February, comes The Blackburns, with a former longtime member of Monroe Crossing, Art Blackburn and his wife, Teresa.
“A lot of people know and love him,” Compton said of Art, who was a big part of Monroe Crossing, a band that has graced the PAC stage in the past.
Since it’s a small group, the performance will be in a more intimate setting at the Dassel History Center Saturday, Feb. 16.
Beer, wine, soft drinks, and coffee will be available.
Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 14.
To round off the DC Arts Association’s season will be a tribute to the Eagles with “Takin’ it To the Limit” Friday, April 26 at the Performing Arts Center.
Performing will be Collective Unconscious, who have been at the PAC for Pet Sounds and Bridge Over Troubled Water. They will join well-known guitarist Paul Diethelm and the Fabulous Armadillos.
“I’ve heard it’s just a phenomenal concert,” Compton said, adding that it’s been very well-received.
Tickets go on sale April 1.
Where to get tickets?
Tickets for Arts Association events are available through the DC Community Education office, by calling (320) 286-4120, or online at www.dc.k12.mn.us/pac.
Tickets can also be purchased one hour prior to the event.