'A Juggler's Dream' may become holiday tradition


— There is no need to waste a good thing. That's why We're Not Clowns and friends are resurrecting the play "A Juggler's Dream," which will run today, Saturday and next weekend.

The original Christmas play was written for Strings in the Mountains' Moguls For Mozart event last year. We're Not Clowns juggler Scott Parker, who wrote most of the script, explained the group worked so hard on the production it didn't seem logical to put the show on once last year and forget about it.

So they are doing it again, this time at the 7th Street Playhouse. If people enjoy it, "A Juggler's Dream" could become a bit of a local tradition.

"We might make this a yearly holiday event," Parker said.

The script was slightly modified from its original production, with the addition of some multimedia elements. But for the most part, it's the same plot.

The story is about a young girl, played by Gina Schopp, who sees a We're Not Clowns show and wants to get juggling pins for Christmas. Her mom, Toulon O'Connor, is against it, fearing that pursuing such a trade would lead her daughter into the dark arts.

The girl then has a dream where she is visited by each of the We're Not Clowns jugglers Parker, Andy Pratt and Kelly Anzalone.

"We wanted to incorporate many different Christmas stories," Parker said of the plot.

For legal reasons, they didn't want to follow stories such as "A Christmas Carol" and "The Nutcracker" too closely. In fact, as an interactive element between the performers and the audience, people are encouraged to yell out when copyright laws could be infringed.

"That's just a good way to incorporate the audience," Parker said.

It's part of the humor that surrounds the entire production, which almost can go without saying when you get this group on stage together. These are some of the same people involved with "Cabaret" and Ski Town Productions shows.

But parents shouldn't worry. The show is good, clean fun.

"It's geared for kids," Pratt said. "But there are plenty of jokes for adults."

Along with following a few classic Christmas stories, there is some great juggling, including a glow-in-the-dark routine.

"A Jugglers Dream" runs today, Saturday and next Friday and Saturday at the 7th Street Playhouse. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday night shows. There will be Saturday matinee shows, in which doors open at 3:30 p.m.


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