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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
July 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Greg Dubin, Emcee and Magician
Tyler West, Clown
Thom Wall, Juggler
Ellie Steingraeber, Contortionist, Hoops, and Aerial
Dia Seskin, Hand Balancer
Randy Kato, Cyr Wheel
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has traveled the world, bringing a unique hybrid of vaudeville, circus and sideshow spectacle. An evening of juggling, acrobatics, hula hooping, contortionism, cyr wheeling, and magic tricks awaits you!
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus harkens back to the heyday of the traditional American circus touring the country by caravan while offering its own artistic twist.
The New York Times says the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus is “old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists,” while Time Out NY exclaimed “this troupe of circus artists will remind your family what the circus is really about.” Come one, come all to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus!
Known as “The Other Greatest Show on Earth,” this exciting family show is the perfect way to conclude your holiday week. As an added bonus, a portion of the ticket revenue will be donated to the Mt. Gretna Fire Department – Station 38 for the purchase of a new fire truck!
Spectacular magic and acrobatics dazzle in this thrilling show that features performers spinning, swooping and whirling in a variety of acts that will captivate the entire family.
And thanks to the generous support of the Mim Enck Charitable Foundation, ticket prices have been reduced for this event and are only $15 and $20!
This performance is generously sponsored by the Mim Enck Charitable Foundation.
Meet the Performers
Greg Dubin aka ‘The Great Dubini’, witnessed a magician remove all the colors from a coloring book with the simple wave of his hand when he was a young boy. From that night he was hooked! After years of practice, Greg has performed his special brand of magic and comedy around the world and regularly performs at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Sideshow of Wonders and the wildly popular Speakeasy Magick. He is a magician, an actor and has consulted on several Off-Broadway shows, including the smash hit “Sleep No More.”
Tyler West was inspired to become a professional clown when he saw a Cirque du Soleil show in 7th grade. He researched clowns on Youtube and practiced making funny faces at himself in the mirror. He has studied under clown mentors Philippe Gaulier, Aitor Basauri, David Shiner and Stefan Haves, among others. He is a NYC-based artist and performer and originally from Tucson, Arizona where he graduated from The University of Arizona with a BFA in Acting.
From folding into a pretzel on the “Tonight Show,” to flying 70 feet in the air at Madison Square Garden, Ellie Steingraeber has celebrated over 15 years as a circus and variety artist. She has traveled the globe performing unique acts in some of the world’s strangest venues, ridden on top of elephants in small town circus shows across America, and brought joy to countless audiences through tv appearances, theatrical circus shows and street performances.
Dia Seskin is a NYC-based hand balancer. Dia began gymnastics at the age of 4, competing across the tri-state area, eventually making the switch to competitive acrobatic dance. She spent many summers training in ballet, handstands, and gymnastics. She is a certified yoga instructor whose specialties include power vinyasa, creative vinyasa, flexibility & core flow, and inversions.
Randy Kato is New York City’s premier Cyr wheel artist. His Space Oddity/Major Tom act was selected to be performed as part of the “David Bowie Is” exhibition at The Brooklyn Museum. He has also performed for Big Apple Circus, The Chicago Contemporary Circus Festival, NBC News, the CBS Morning Show, and more. He is a Wheel Gymnastics World Championship competitor for Team USA, as well as a co-founder and principal with Svindelic Cyr Wheel Troupe. Randy hopes to continue spreading his love of this unique art form through performance and instruction.
As a kid, Thom Wall picked up The Complete Juggler by Dave Finnigan at the library and never looked back. He performed with operas and ballets, on the National Mall for the Smithsonian Institution, and with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. After winning a silver medal at the International Jugglers’ Association Senior stage championships (known in the community as the “world championships” of stage juggling), Wall got a call from Cirque du Soleil. He ended up touring with the world-renowned circus for five years. In 2019, Wall decided to leave Cirque du Soleil. “I was meeting these jugglers from all over the place, and I learned about [other] styles of juggling.” Wall moved to Philadelphia, started performing with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and taught at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and at Circadium: School of Contemporary Circus. He also wrote the book Juggling from Antiquity to the Middle Ages: The Forgotten History of Throwing and Catching.
“At first blush, a lot of people would probably think it’s very frivolous,” Wall says. “But it’s about this human behavior that’s been exhibited since the earliest written records. There are records of juggling from 4,000 years ago in Ancient Egyptian burial chambers.”
Bring a pillow
Consider bringing a pillow if you like a little cushion.
First Listen are free pre-concert mini-performances by our area’s most talented youth musicians. We partner with the Women’s Symphony Association of Lancaster to present finalists from their Young Artists Competition on our First Listen series. They occur before most of our Sunday concerts. Please check each concert page for more details.
Parking is Free
Parking guards will be around to assist you. Handicapped parking in front and behind the playhouse is limited.
Restrooms can be found in the lower level of the Playhouse, entered from outside. There is also a single handicapped-friendly restroom stage right (if you are looking at the stage, it is to the left).
Rain or Shine
Performances are rain or shine. If extreme weather causes a change in the status of a performance, an announcement will be posted on our home page and sent via email to all ticket buyers with details on rescheduling or cancellation, and ticket exchange or refund policy.
What to Wear
Come as you please with attire suitable for the temperature. The Playhouse is covered but open on the sides. Big ceiling fans ease the heat on hot, summer days.
In addition to the eateries in and around Mt. Gretna, the Playhouse also has a concession stand! We sell various drinks and snacks, such as water, coffee drinks, soda, and candy, both before the performance and during intermission. The inviting smell of our delicious popcorn is a staple of our performance nights in the playhouse!