Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
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Whittier, CA 90608-0634

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Reference: 2004-05 #13


Whittier, CA (December 30, 2004)—Lazer Vaudeville—a troupe that combines high-tech laser magic with the traditional arts of vaudeville—is set to perform on January 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, located on the Whittier College campus. Heading the cast are Carter Brown, Cindy Marvell, and Nicholas Flair. Admission is $8.00 general, $6.00 for seniors and children. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Shannon Center Box Office, 562.907.4203. 

Complete with superlative juggling, black light illusion, acrobatics, and audience participation, Lazer Vaudeville’s fantastical characters lead the audience on a journey through the imagination: a wizard creates magical illusions with laser beams, a neon cowboy kicks up a luminescent rope-spinning display, and an audience member escapes from a straitjacket. The master of ceremonies is a seven-foot tall, fluorescent, fire-breathing dragon named Alfonzo.   

Touring since 1987, Lazer Vaudeville fulfills Carter Brown's dream of bringing contemporary vaudeville to the American stage. Lazer Vaudeville has performed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and was featured in the P.B.S. specials Juggling Work and Family with Hedrick Smith and Center Stage at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, TX. International tours have included theater festivals in England, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Bermuda, and Saudi Arabia.  

Internationally acclaimed as a master of his craft, Brown demonstrates the endangered art of hoop rolling. In an astonishing visual display, up to ten hoops roll around the juggler’s body and circle the stage as if taking on a life of their own. Some are century-old antique wooden bicycle rims.  Brown also collaborates with performers Cindy Marvell and Nicholas Flair to fly indoor kites, spin glowing staffs, and juggle running chainsaws. Composer Jesse Manno of the University of Colorado in Boulder has created an original soundtrack that captures the show’s special effects and vaudevillian spirit. The music mixes electronic sound with Turkish guitar, Macedonian tambura, Greek bouzouki, Australian didjeridu, and Irish fiddle. Designer Maia Robbins-Zust of Berkshire Production Resources in Richmond, MA created the company’s fiber-optic scenery.  A floating castle lights up the stage and monument valley glows in the evanescent moonlight.  Imaginative costumes by Jennifer Johanos add extra sparkle to the performance. 

The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts is located at the northeast corner of Painter Ave. and Philadelphia St. on the Whittier College campus. 

Founded by Quakers in 1887, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering a traditional liberal arts program integrated with both professional and pre-professional courses of study. With an emphasis on diversity, community, and curricular innovation, the College’s primary mission is to endow students with the education, skills, and values appropriate for global leadership and service. 

Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Orange County.

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