Put a world-famous, Russian juggler in charge of a motley collection of stray cats and dogs and the result is a charmingly unusual show. Frostburg State University’s Cultural Events Series and the Cumberland Holiday Inn will present two performances of “Gregory Popovich’s Comedy & Pet Theatre.” The first performance will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Hill High School Auditorium and benefits the capital campaign of the Allegany County Animal Shelter Management Foundation’s goal to build a new Animal Shelter. The second performance will be held on Friday, Feb. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Pealer Recital Hall of FSU’s Performing Arts Center.
Sunset Magazine heralded its “Reigning cats and dogs,” after the 1999 Las Vegas debut of “Comedy & Pet Theatre” at Circus Circus. Gregory Popovich, a former member of the Moscow Circus and Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey, adopted his feline and canine cast entirely from animal shelters. Featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “Comedy & Pet Theatre” is half animal tricks, and half juggling, acrobatics and just plain clowning around.
“I don’t train the animals, really,“ says Popovich, an advocate of adopting pets from animal shelters. “I analyze them. And they trust me, and we play, and then they find a trick or two that they like to do. That’s what they do on stage.”
People Weekly exclaims, “With a band of troupers saved from the pound, Gregory Popovich’s Vegas act is pure theatrical catnip.”
This show is presented in partnership with FSU’s University Programming Council.
To purchase tickets or to find out more information, call the FSU Cultural Events Box Office at 301-687-3137 or toll free at 1-866-TIXX-CES, or visit online at ces.frostburg.edu.
Additional packages include the Arts Getaway Packages, providing accommodations for two (at The Best Western Braddock in LaVale, Cumberland Holiday Inn or Rocky Gap Resort), selected meal options, transportation between the hotel and the FSU campus, a special welcome gift at check-in, and two tickets for preferred seating for the Cultural Events Series performance.
You can also add a Dinner Show Package to your ticket purchase and transform your performance into an enchanting social event. The Dinner Show Package provides you with complimentary transportation to and from the FSU campus to any one of five participating restaurants, including BJ’s at the Gladstone, Gehauf’s, Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, and Harrigan’s Restaurant.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.