A show of comedy and acrobatics pleases Stephens audience

C.Y. Stephens 2016-17 “Bringing the World to You!” performing arts series debuted the “Slapstick Sonata” at 7:30 p.m. on March 3, 2017. The show included a variety of acrobatics and comedy.

Tommy Crook

People of all ages gathered inside Stephens Auditorium for another exciting performance.

Not all were patiently waiting for “Cirk La Putyka: Slapstick Sonata” to start. 

“Is the show starting yet?” a child sitting with their parents said, when the performers first appeared on the stage around 20 minutes before the official start time. 

The show started at 7:30p.m., although the performers were on the stage far before then. Setting up, they interacted with the crowd that was filled with many children; It was very unique and thoughtful to entertain them. 

The production featured the artists, Jiří Weissmann, Anna Schmidtmajerová, Vojtěch Fülep, Michal Boltnar, Daniel Komarov and Šárka Bočková.

The show started with the stage covered in ladders, boxes, wooden pallets and various other non traditional items you would find on a theatre stage. There was clear view of all of the props, which lead your mind to imagine how they were going to be used. Without any curtains covering the back wall, the vast size of the stage was exposed, and the performers used every last inch.

When the show officially started the performers were playing badminton with an excessive amount of shuttlecocks, which played in to the humorous side of the show. All of the actions that were performed were extremely dramatized since there was no speaking throughout the entire performance: only music, dancing and acrobatics. 

The entire show had slight references back to the badminton that was played at the opening. At one point one, of the artists, Bočková, was dressed as a shuttlecock being humorously chased around the stage by her fellow performers, all of whom had badminton racquets. 

That act was followed by countless other stunts that had the audience roaring with laughter, and gagging in awe, wether it be from stunts with the seesaw launching bodies high above their co artists, the ladders holding up boards that doubled as a balance beams, or just the plain boards that were set on end and climbed on. 

There was also one particular act that seemed to be a crowd-pleaser. It involved long straps hanging from the ceiling of the auditorium, and one of the artists climbing her way to the top as another artist connected to the ends of the straps performed a puppeteer act with her. 

When the show was winding up to a grand finale of backflips, front flips and spins off of the see saw, the artists were flung one after the other, flying into mats, all sticking their landings flawlessly. 

Yet another standing ovation in Stephens Auditorium.