African Circus Takes CenterStage at the Tower

CirqueZumaZumaThe Tower Theatre Foundation kicks-off its CenterStage Series with performers from Kenya, Zimbabwe and Tanzania staging pole acts and human pyramids, Egyptian limbos, South African gumboot dances, Gabonese tumbling and Ethiopian contortions—all accompanied by live music and percussionists.


“This is the kind of event that defines the diversity and purpose of the Tower Theatre,” said Ray Solley, executive director. “It’s a family-friendly extravaganza that brings the world to Bend.”


In addition to three public shows, the Tower Foundation is making a free performance available to students through its award-winning LessonPLAN (Performing Live Arts Now) initiative. Students from Amity Creek, Lava Ridge and M.A. Lynch elementary schools – plus a group of home schooled students – will attend an educational matinee Monday, October 27. “We’re thrilled to have a theatre full of area students experiencing the culture and energy of these international performers,” added Mollie Tennant, the Tower’s education coordinator. Parents or teachers interested in attendingcan contact or 541-317-0700 for more information and reservations.


Bend Surgery Center is the title sponsor of the CenterStage Series. Showcase sponsor is Mt. View Heating, with supporting sponsors Deschutes Brewery and Central Oregon Radiology. Performance Sponsors are Knute and Patricia Buehler. Performance Night Sponsor is Drake Restaurant. The featured on-tap beer pairing for Cirque Zuma Zuma is Deschutes’ Chasin Freshies Fresh Hop IPA.


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