Guy Atchley's AZ - The Zoppè Family Circus
Web Producer: Laura Kittell
The Zoppè Family Circus recently welcomed guests into their intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus honoring the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition, and KGUN 9's own Guy Atchley was there to catch the experience on film.
Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, cainine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.
Giovanni Zoppè, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than what passes for circuses these days. "We try to touch every emotion during the show," he says. "They'll laugh, they'll cry, and they'll feel for the characters. It's more of an event than a show."
The Zoppè Family Circus emerged from humble beginnings more than 160 years ago to become one of the legendary circuses in all of Europe.