Without circuses, grownups could only relive their childhoods by wearing oversize trench coats and pretending to be two kids pretending to be an adult. Step right up to this GrouponLive deal to see the Zoppé Family Circus from UApresents at the southwest corner of Reid Park. For $26, you get two tickets for general-admission bleacher seating (up to a $60 value). Doors open 30 minutes prior to the show, with a pre-show outside the tent starting roughly 20 minutes before the show. Choose from the following performances:
- Friday, January 11, at 7 p.m.
- Saturday, January 12, at 1 p.m.
- Saturday, January 12, at 4 p.m.
- Saturday, January 12, at 7 p.m.
- Sunday, January 13, at 1 p.m.
- Sunday, January 13, at 4 p.m.
A buzzing crowd gathers around the entrance of the Zoppé Family Circus tent before each performance, straining to glimpse the wooden hands of a large clock that displays the next showtime. When the moment is nearly at hand, members of the family emerge from the cavernous tent to greet their guests. As they introduce their siblings, spouses, and children, an accordion exhales melodies first heard in 1842, when Napoline and Ermenegilda Zoppé traveled from Budapest to Venice for their first show.
Inside the tent, Napoline and Ermenegilda’s descendants effortlessly balance on wires and swing from trapezes. Just below their aerial stage, horses trot around a sawdust ring as equestrian ballerinas display a brand of showmanship worthy of comparison to John Wayne's performance in The Lone Leotard. Between acts, Giovanni Zoppé takes on the persona of Nino the clown—a lovable character whose earnest efforts to steal the show are thwarted by his own buffoonery.
Zoppé Family Circus—Official Promotional Video
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.