The Zoppe Circus: From Their Family to Ours

Zoppe

An Italian Family Circus (Since 1842!)

At Proctors

Schenectady, NY

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As you strut down Broadway Schenectady, past Proctors, past Villa Italia, you’ll notice a large white tent has sprung up near the parking garage. This is called the Big Tent, and in case no one has told you, the circus is in town.

The tent doesn’t house just any circus. It is home to the Zoppe Family Circus, an Italian Family Circus, where laughter and the fun on children’s faces can be understood in any language.

When Nino Zoppe walks out into the one ring of the Big Tent, surrounded by just 500 seats, he is filling big shoes: Yes, clown shoes, of course, but we’re not talking about those shoes; we’re talking about the shoes his great, great, great, great grandfather stood in when he founded this, one of Europe’s oldest circuses, over 160 years ago. Yes, the first names may have changed, but this remains the Zoppe family circus, complete with stunning horses, beautiful ladies, dazzling sky walkers, trampolines, jugglers, dog tricks and more, all within a small tent where the farthest seat is never more than 25 feet from the ring. This is how Nino’s great, great, great, great grandfather and grandmother started the circus so long ago, and this is how they perform today.

There is a reason the circus is this intimate: Circuses used to be this intimate. Call it Shakespearean. In a world of stadiums, laser lights, and Flash Gordon on the trapeze, Zoppe wants none of that: He wants the circus to be as it was in 1842. He wants to give children a feel for the way the world—and the circus—used to be. Circus used to be intimate, close, and madly entertaining, and with the Zoppe Family Circus, it remains so today. This circus is not just a show, it is an event, and an emotional one at that, hitting them all: Laughter, sorrow, joy, happiness, to name a few. And therein lies the inner beauty of this performance: All the ingredients of a great family time and great Summer memories are here.

So I asked my son, now 10, to help dad with this review, so we could get a child’s perspective. He summed it up like this:

“Dad, can we go again?”

Yes, Zoppe, we enjoyed our time together, and the walk back in time was marvelous.

Ciao,  arrivederci Cool

Ricardo Di Maggio

From proctors.org:

Come one, come all to the most mesmerizing menagerie of Circus excellence the summer will ever see!

This thrilling summer extravaganza, exhibited outdoors rain or shine under a real Big-Top tent next to Proctors, features astonishing aerial dancers, an exquisite equestrian ballerina, captivating canine capers, jovial jugglers, tenacious tightrope walkers and legendary performers Nino and Pepino from Italy’s Zoppé clown family dynasty.

This traditional European circus is exciting and intimate, and no seat in the house is more than 25 feet from the action.

An incredible event your whole family will enjoy!

Frequent Buyer Discount available until day prior to desired performance.

Will Call tickets can be picked up at the remote Box Office located at the Circus tent entrance.

Tickets for today’s performance available at Proctors Box Office or by phone until 1 and 1/2 hours prior to performance, at which time tickets will be on sale exclusively at the Zoppe Circus tent remote Box Office. The remote Box Office will remain open for 1/2 hr after performance time.

Ticket Prices: Bleachers: $25 Adults, $15 for 17 & under Ringside: $35 Adults, $25 for 17 & under

Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Thursday, August 9 – 7:00 pm
Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Friday, August 10 – 1:00 pm
Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Friday, August 10 – 7:00 pm
Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Saturday, August 11 – 1:00 pm
Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Saturday, August 11 – 4:00 pm
Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Saturday, August 11 – 7:00 pm
Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Sunday, August 12 – 1:00 pm
Arts District Zoppé Italian Circus Sunday, August 12 – 4:00 pm

 

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