CANDY CORN ON THE MACABRE

by Sara Button

 Photo: Ed Steele Photography LLC”

Photo: Ed Steele Photography LLC”

Y’all, the circus is back in town. The cool air is welcoming our warm faces, leafs are changing colors, and it seems like everyone is getting in to the feel of fall. We can’t complain – fall is our fav, too. Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival is upon us this weekend, which means it is time to kick Halloween-themed-everything in to full gear. Macabre-mastermind David Pierce walks us through his inspiration and excitement for this year’s performances of Cirque du Horror. 

Marking its sixth year anniversary, Cirque du Horror will roll out its Big Top by welcoming back-to-back performances this Saturday, October 25th at Dan's Silverleaf. We talked to the leader of the troupe, David Pierce, in 2011  about the act after its sophomore performance.

Cirque du Horror is a family-friendly Denton tradition for all ages. Pierce and company deliver a vaudeville-like experience with equal parts sugary-sweet and spooky. Accompanied by a plethora of talented musicians, dancers, actors and artists, ”the show is not meant to appear over-produced” Pierce shares. The raw, lo-fi, simplistic aesthetic is meant to keep your interest piqued and remove you from your daily life, letting you travel through a world full of bone-chilling stories and spooky surprises. The show is equally stimulating for both parents and children, alike.

Pierce’s creative compositions were influenced by a gathering of poems and stories written for him by his uncle. He has collected a crew of talented individuals who have helped put his music and words to life with choreography, props, and an overall love for all things frightening and fun. This year the show will have two new songs as well as a couple of revamped numbers from their first year.

Cirque’s motley crew is greater and more ghastly than the years past. Fight Boy Theatre’s Kevin Wickersham is leading this year’s cast as the Creative Director and there are approximately 7 cast leads, 7 dancers, a handful of crew and musicians in the live orchestra.

Tickets are still available here. I strongly suggest pre-ordering you tickets, as Dan’s will fill up fast. Show times are as follows,

·         Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 4:30pm – Dan’s Silverleaf Denton
·         Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 9:30pm – Dan’s Silverleaf Denton
·         Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 5:00pm – Dan’s Silverleaf Denton
·         Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:30pm – Texas Theater Dallas