August 29, 2013
Carnival of Wonders Sept. 14
Charlottesville, VA - A journey into the odd world of the carnival sideshows kicks off Piedmont Virginia Community College's 15th Anniversary Fine and Performing Arts Season on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage Theatre.
Carnival of Wonders is the classic carnival sideshow of yesteryear presented by local magicians Peter Monticup and Steve Pittella along with their assistants, Miss Electra and The Rubber Girl. They will perform illusions, stunts and thrilling physical feats in an evening of fantasy and fun. Masterful sleights of hand, fire eating, sword swallowing, lying on a bed of nails and more will make for an entertaining show for the entire family.
Monticup and Pittella will also present a free lecture on The History of the Sideshow on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the V. Earl Dickinson Main Stage Theatre. Using vintage video, demonstrations and authentic props, the lecture will explore a nostalgic piece of American history. The History of the Sideshow is the first in a series of lectures and workshops offered by PVCC in conjunction with the season's performing arts events.
Monticup, owner of the online magic store MagicTricks.com, is a professional magician who began his career at age seven as an apprentice to Professor Henry Bessette, New York City's famed old-time magician. Monticup has been the featured act at a number of magic conventions and top New York nightclubs. For more than 40 years, he has continued to perform and refine his knowledge as a serious student of the history of magic and magicians. He is also a noted collector of magic memorabilia.
Pittella perfected his sideshow skills on Coney Island. For the past 35 years, he has performed at Radio City Music Hall, New York's Town Hall and other notable venues. He has shared his expertise as a magic consultant for dozens of professional children's theatre productions as well as off-Broadway shows.
Promotional support for Carnival of Wonders is generously provided by The Charlottesville Newsplex.
Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available by calling the PVCC Box Office and charging them to a VISA or MasterCard, or by purchasing them at Sidetracks, University of Virginia Arts Box Office, Greenberry's Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) and the PVCC Cashier's Office during normal business hours. Tickets can also be purchased at the PVCC Box Office window two hours before the performance.
All events take place in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free well-lit parking is located in front of the building. The Main Stage Theatre is wheelchair and stroller accessible. All ages are welcome.