Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow is coming to town August 5th | News, Sports, Jobs


The world’s largest and latest troupe of show fanatics and circus performers will bring a jaw-dropping brand of entertainment to the Impala Ballroom in Marshalltown at 7 p.m. on August 5.

The Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow (hellzapoppin.com) is an extreme sensory experience at maximum volume. Pushing the body and mind beyond the limit with unimaginable death-defying feats, the “Face Your Fears” production is part fantasy, part vaudeville, part freakshow, and all rock ‘n roll.

A Hellzapoppin performance features acrobats taking risks without safety nets or cables and stuntmen swallowing swords, eating and breathing fire, balancing, juggling, unicycling, stepping on broken glass and performing magic and illusions on hoarse rock music. It’s definitely not the circus people grew up watching. Taking a modern approach and adding a rock ‘n roll vibe, Hellzapoppin artists have performed on “Ellen”, appeared on Guinness World Records and been featured on “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” and AMC’s “Freakshow.”

As the Hellzapoppin performers overcome fears every time they take the stage, they have made fear the central theme of the current touring production, knowing how fear has gripped the world in recent years. . Although Hellzapoppin shows are created to entertain and provide a fantastic escape, they are also meant to inspire.

Circus ringleader Bryce “The Govna” Graves is the visionary behind Hellzapoppin, designing, producing and directing the show. On tour, Graves will be accompanied by Short E. Dangerously, a three-foot-three half-man daredevil, who walks on his hands through broken glass while on fire; the seductive Willow Lauren, one of the few women in the world to swallow swords and regurgitate razor blades; magician and stage stuntman Eric Ross who performs daring feats of matter, including the ancient art of Fakir, which involves driving steel skewers into various parts of the body such as the biceps, forearm, hand and jaw with virtually no blood or pain and juggler, unicyclist and comedian Lucien Fuller.

Named after a 1930s Broadway musical that inspired a 1941 film of the same name, Hellzapoppin’s first-ever show opened for Marilyn Manson in 2009. The troupe has since toured with more than a dozen performers. rock bands and performed at major music festivals, performing thousands of shows in over 16 countries.



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Luz W. German