Teatro ZinZanni is throwing a birthday bash and you’re invited to come along for the rollicking, wacky and giggle-filled adventure. Super Fun Party Time, the latest show from Teatro ZinZanni’s family performance series, features music from the hip-happenin’, kindie-rockin’ band Recess Monkey alongside circus artists from the theater’s renowned dinner shows. At just an hour in length, this show is jam-packed with acrobatics, dancing, singing, juggling and all kinds of laughs. It’s a high-flying hour of family entertainment you don’t want to miss.

Teatro ZinZanni Super Fun Party Time with Peter Pitofsky, Joel Salom (juggling), Julaine Hall (pole), Saffi Watson (hoop) and Recess Monkey. Photo by Alabastro Photography.

photo: Alabastro Photography

Lights, Curtain, Action!
Teatro ZinZanni’s party is a celebration of Jack’s birthday (Jack Forman from Recess Monkey that is) and everyone is invited, including Jack’s best friend Peter Pitofsky. However, nothing seems to go as planned. Peter is on the hunt for the perfect present for Jack. Will it be a fancy trick like a cartwheel? A big red balloon? A Robot dog? Tick tock – time’s running out to find something for Jack’s birthday bonanza. His quest for the perfect present leads Peter through the most fantastic display of dancing, singing and watching friends. With the ultimate gift shared at the end—their friendship.

Get in on the Action 
When the show begins, the Littles are invited right to the center of the action – the dance floor – which is in the center of the Big Top. The action then moves back and forth between the band on the stage and the center of the ring’s activities. Mini circus revelers will be delighted throughout the entire 60 minutes. (Psst… there’s no intermission, so use the potty prior.) And while you’re in the Big Top, be sure to look up. Seattle’s Teatro Zinzanni uses one of the oldest spiegeltents, called the “Moulin Rouge,” built in 1910. Today, there are only eight of these historic tents left in the world.

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photo: Alabastro Photography

Recess Time
Recess Monkey delights show-goers with many of its classic songs such as “Windup Robot,” “Popcorn,” “Novelties,” “Tallest Tree,” “I Haven’t Got a Pet Yet” and every Star Wars fan’s favorite, “Oh, Lando.” The Monkeys (Jack Forman, Drew Holloway and Korum Bischoff) get all of their groupies dancing and wiggling in delight to their creative song lyrics and toe-tappin’ beats. Between every few songs the performers entertain the audience with storytelling (and physical comedy tidbits) along with two amazing high-flying circus feats.

super fun party time

photo: Alabastro Photography

She Flies Through the Air
Exceptionally flexible Saffi Watson twirls and whirls high above the crowd with a circus ring act. MC Joel Salom (also present at the evening productions), dazzles in wild pants, and even wilder juggling performances (ping pong mouth juggling, anyone?). And during a brilliant Recess Monkey cover of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,” Julaine Hall climbs her way into everyone’s heart with daring Chinese pole acrobatics. The party ends with a giant birthday cake and even sweeter lesson about friendship. Psst! There’s also a loud bang and confetti from the ceiling. All circus-goers will leave with a smile on their face and more than a few favorite parts to share.

super fun party time

photo: Alabastro Photography

Before the Curtain Goes Up
Unlike the evening shows, there’s no meal or waitstaff during the family programs. The concession stand is open however, with sugary delights for young and old including Top Pot donuts and animal crackers, berry and lemonade kids’ drink concoctions and adult deliciousness like mimosa’s and bloody mary’s. (Psst… select salads are also available.) A coloring table is set up if you arrive early, and the music instrument podium nearby—covered with horns, trumpets and all-things-shiny-and-noise-making—is a source of fun for little hands. Note: the dazzling gift store which is normally open during evening shows is cordoned off from small, prying fingers during the morning shows.

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photo: Sam O’Shields

Good to Know Before the Show
Super Fun Party Time runs on select Saturday and Sunday mornings through Dec. 17, 2016. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the shows start at 11 a.m. Best suited for smaller show-goers (6 & under), all ages will be delighted with the show’s shenanigans and music as well as the ambiance of the Big Top. Street parking is available around the Mercer Street locale (and free on Sundays!) and many pay lots and a parking garage are located close enough for little legs to walk. Psst… the parking lot directly next to the theater is a private lot, so don’t park there.

Circus Camp
If you have a budding circus performer on your hands, Teatro ZinZanni offers a series of summer camps for kids ages 5-17. The camps provide experiences in juggling, clowning and the aerial arts, taught by some of the world’s greatest circus artists from Teatro ZinZanni’s actual cast. Psst… the camps have become so popular they often sell out early!

super fun party time

photo: Alabastro Photography

Tickets, Get Your Tickets!
Tickets are $20 for booth seating and $25 for floor seats. While the booths are more comfortable, they are further from the action, with floor seating being first-come first-serve and right in the center of the action. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office. Or save the $3.50/ticket processing fee and stop by the box office in person. All sales and payment methods are final and cannot be refunded, so if you have a coupon or discount code, remember to present it at time of payment.

Teatro ZinZanni
222 Mercer St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-802-0015
Online: zinzanni.com/seattle

Have you seen this latest Teatro ZinZanni birthday celebration? What was your favorite part? Tell us in the Comments below!

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— Jennifer B. Davis