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Clowing around in Beaver Creek

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Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyJamie Adkins began "clowning around" when he was 13. He presents his show, Circus Incognitus, on Sunday at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek.
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BEAVER CREEK ” The Vilar Performing Arts Center presents a show for kids ” and adults ” of all ages as clown, aerialist and comedian Jamie Adkins takes the stage on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. to present his show “Circus Incognitus.”

As a natural clown, Jamie Adkins’ failures often end up being his greatest successes. In his new show, “Circus Incognitus,” his clowning and acrobatic feats on the ground and on a slack wire bring to life the story of a man who has something to say, but can’t quite get it out.

Beginning with an empty stage and a single microphone, a shy Adkins musters the courage to face what he fears most: speaking in public. Over the next hour, Adkins creates the show using everyday objects to perform circus routines. He even builds the set, creating the backdrop for his humble idea of what a show should be out of discarded props. Each step is fraught with new challenges, but for every problem there is a solution. The audience follows Adkins on an adventure, ending with an important moral: courage. Having the conviction to try new ideas, push yourself to the limits, don’t give up when all goes wrong and, most of all, surprise yourself.



Adkins began his career at the age of 13 as a San Diego street performer. He has since performed with the Pickle Family Circus and Montreal’s Cirque Eloize, where his multidisciplinary acrobatic talent was soon an integral part of the show.

The Vilar Performing Arts Center will present the show as part of their family series. Other performances in the series include “Mad Science: Newton’s Revenge” on Jan. 28, the Peking Acrobats on Feb. 6, the Enchantment Theatre’s stage adaptation of “The Velveteen Rabbit” on March 5 and more shows in April. A full calendar of Vilar events is available online at vilarpac.org.



Tickets for “Circus Incognitus” are $14 for children and $18 for adults, and are available by calling the Vilar Center Box Office at 845-TIXS or by visiting vilarpac.org.


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