Friday, June 3, 2011

It's showtime on the Showboat!

By Meredith Deliso

We were already big fans of “Showboat Shazzam,” a long-running circus series at the Waterfront Museum and Barge in Red Hook. And now that it’s cheaper, we love it even more!

When the aerialists, jugglers and contortionists return to the Red Hook waterfront on June 5, you can get front-row action for only $10 — down $6 for adults and a couple buck for the kids compared to last year’s rates.

With those savings, you might as well take advantage and go more than once.

“Every weekend there’s wholly different artists,” said Artistic Director Karen Gersch. “It’s a whole new show.”

The diverse acts kicking things off include juggler Adam Kapilow; aerialists Megan and Marui; contortionists The Sorbet Sisters; and clown Tanya Solomon.

Down the pipe, highlights include juggler and comedian Will Shaw, Gabeze Trapeze (pictured) and David Sharps, caretaker of the barge, performing a Chinese vase manipulation act (June 19); and slackrope clown prince Dikki Ellis (June 26).

On July 24, the barge docks at the foot of Atlantic Avenue, at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6, with aerialist Hilary Sweeney and acrobat Aerial Emery in tow.

The site may change, but its spirit won’t.

“This is the closest children can get to the circus,” said Gersch. “That’s always our MO.”          
Showboat Shazzam at the Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge [Pier 44 at Conover and Beard streets in Red Hook, (718) 624-4719], June 5, 19, and 26 at 1 pm and 4 pm, and at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 (Atlantic Avenue at Furman Street in Brooklyn Heights), July 24 at 1 and 4 pm. Tickets $10 (in advance). For info, visit

Photo by Deborah Grosmark


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