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Arts & Entertainment Troupe brings live comedy, animal tricks to WCU

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater will visit Western Carolina University on May 1.Animal lovers, and those in the mood for a laugh, will find plenty of entertainment when Popovich Comedy Pet Theater comes to Western Carolina University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

Comedian Gregory Popovich leads the family-friendly show along with a cast of professional clowns and jugglers – and a large assemblage of trained animal performers, including cats, dogs, geese and parrots, all originally rescued from animal shelters. Stunts, skits and balancing acts fill the lively show, which has enjoyed popularity in performing arts centers across the country.

As the son of Russian circus performers and dog trainers, Popovich discovered his passion for animals and onstage entertainment at an early age.

After assisting with his parents’ performances, he developed a solo juggling act of his own before joining the Moscow Circus at age 17. Since then, he has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” the Animal Planet network and “America’s Got Talent,” and has recently published a book on cat training.

Tickets for the WCU show are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens and $5 for students and children.

The performance is sponsored by Woof Gang Bakery of Cashiers and Fun Things to Do in the Mountains. It is the final show in the FAPAC’s 2010-2011 Galaxy of Stars Series.

To purchase tickets or make reservations, contact the FAPAC box office at 828-227-2479 or visit fapac.wcu.edu.


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