THANK YOU for your support of our (mostly) young cast of high flyers, whimsical creatures and clowns! This production features original ideas, script and artwork created by our cast, often collaboratively. Much of the work is inspired by our love of wild places and the creatures who live there, and the fact that many of these fascinating and beloved environments are threatened by human activity. We hope you will be inspired to help preserve and protect our wild and beautiful planet.
THANKS TO the Madison Youth Arts Center for amazing hospitality in an amazing facility! To Madison Circus Space and the Goodman Community for many years of support, from providing us with rehearsal space to lending us equipment. To Dane Arts for their support of FREE TICKETS for low-income circus lovers. And to our long-time, talented, hardworking technical staff and volunteers, without whom none of this magic would be possible.
Directors: Jacob Mills and Marcia Miquelon; Technical director(s): Jarrod Bainter, Jim Vogel; Stage Manager: Rebecca Bock; Stage hands: Amy Bethel, Fiona Stoner, Jaden Zuk, Luv Joy Seamon, Kenneth Loud, Gabby Kelly-Schulz. Graphic artwork by Harper Patenaude.
Act 1: Welcome! Jacob Mills
Act 2: “Into the Wild” episode one: Oceanside. Featuring Harper Patenaude, Spencer Vestin, Liam Dargan, Hildy Van Hallgren, and Luigi Santi.
Act 3: Shoreline. Featuring Electra Cordes, Jocelyn Pfleger, Fern Palmer, Frances Ball, Laila Ranola, and Marike Hagen. Choreographed by Marcia Miquelon. Music: “Give me Rain” by Spoonbill. Costumes by Laura Anderson Barbata and Jess Clark.
Act 4: Surface to deep. Featuring Gabby Taft, Jeff, Ilana, Ahneo and Mirabel Bloom, Marie Hutchins, Iona Hassett and Phoebe DeWitt. Choreographed by Marcia Miquelon. Music: Carnival of the Animals: VII. Aquarium by Camille Saint-Saens. Puppets: Rebecca Bock, Gabby Taft.
Act 5: Extremophiles. Featuring Fern Palmer, Ione Courtier-Hewson, Charlie Dargan, Maisie McClure, Electra Cordes, Katie Brandon and Matilda Hansen. Choreographed by Luv Joy Seamon. Music: “The Last Pulsar” by Dirtwire. Costumes by Brenna Budig. In honor of the strange and unknown realm that is the ocean floor.
Act 6: In the grasslands. Featuring Gabby Taft, Jeff and Ilana Bloom, and Marcia Miquelon. Music: “Waybells with Wind” by Jeff Bloom. Costume by Laura Anderson Barbata
Act 7: “Into the Wild” episode two: the Grasslands. Featuring Harper Patenaude, Spencer Vestin, Liam Dargan, Hildy Van Hallgren, Luigi Santi, and Iona Hassett
Act 8: Iberian Lynx(ed Together). Featuring Carly Goodlund and Lex Good. Choreographed by the performers. Music: “Black Panther” by CloZee. The Iberian Lynx is a conservation success story. Thanks to the Madison Circus Space for supporting this dynamic duo!
Act 9: Juggle Bugs. Featuring Harper Patenaude, Spencer Vestin, Liam Dargan, Hildy Van Hallgren, Luigi Santi, Iona Hassett, and Matilda Hansen. Choreographed by Katie Rebich and the performers. Music: “Overture” by Beats Antique. Costumes by Jess Clark.
Act 10: Moonlit Murmuration. With Jeff, Ilana, Mirabel and Ahneo Bloom, Marie Hutchins, and Phoebe DeWitt. Choreographed by Ilana Bloom and the performers. Original music composed, played and mixed by Jeff Bloom. Owl puppet by Jeff Bloom.
Act 11: “Into the Wild” episode three: the Tropical Forest. Featuring Harper Patenaude, Spencer Vestin, Liam Dargan, Hildy Van Hallgren, Luigi Santi, Iona Hassett, and Gabby Taft
Act 12: Pollinators. Featuring Ione Courtier-Hewson, Ahneo Bloom, Matilda Hansen, Marika Hagen, Laila Ranola, Frances Ball, Jocelyn Pfleger, and Marin Durkee. Choreographed by Heather Good. Music: “The Solution” by Todd Reynolds. Costumes by Brenna Budig.
Learn more about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to protect them! Consider bringing UW Madison’s Insect Ambassadors to your school to teach kids all about cool insects.
Act 13: Bee Kind. Featuring Jacob Mills and Gabby Taft
Act 14: Forest Fauna. Featuring Kaya Heidt, Maya Frohardt-Bruno, Marin Durkee, Kit Vestin, and Callie Keyser. Choreographed by Marcia Miquelon. Music: “Forest Lovers” by Drumspyder. Costumes by Amy Bethel.
Act 15: Monarch Departure. Featuring Lex Good, Maisie McClure, Matilda Hansen, Katie Brandon, Charlie Dargan, Ione Courtier-Hewson, Electra Cordes, and Fern Palmer. Puppets: Gabby Taft, Marcia Miquelon and Rebecca Bock. Music: “Cloud Cycle” by Spoonbill. Monarchs are now listed as endangered.
Act 16: “Into the Wild” episode four: The Urban Jungle. Featuring Harper Patenaude, Spencer Vestin, Liam Dargan, Hildy Van Hallgren, Luigi Santi, Iona Hassett, Jacob Mills, Gabby Taft, Ahneo, Ilana and Jeff Bloom, Kit Vestin, Maya Frohardt-Bruno, Kaia Heidt, and Callie Keyser.
Act 17: Jungle Gym. Featuring Iona Hassett, Laila Ranola, Marika Hagen, Matilda Hansen, and Frances Ball. Choreographed by Lex Good. Music: “Forest Creature” by Mersiv. Costumes: Brenna Budig and the performers.
Act 18: The Wheels on the Bus. Featuring Charlie Dargan, Iona Hassett and Laila Ranola. Choreographed by Marcia Miquelon and the performers. Music: “Castle of Glass” by Linkin Park.
Act 19: Found Sound Clown Band. Featuring Harper Patenaude, Spencer Vestin, Liam Dargan, Hildy Van Hallgren, Ahneo Bloom, Jeff Bloom, Gabby Taft, and Jacob Mills. Directed by Doug Normington.
Act 20: Mind the Gap. Featuring Lex Good and Maisie McClure. Choreographed by Luv Joy Seamon. Music: “The Whip” by Dirtwire. Costumes: Fiona Stoner.
Act 21: The Whole World. Featuring the whole cast. Directed by Jacob Mills. Music: “Sat” by Boban Markovic Orkestar.
Act 22: Monty Returns. Featuring Spencer Vestin, Harper Patenaude, Hildy Van Hallgren and Liam Dargan.
Act 23. Bow. Music: “Kik it” by Brooklyn Funk Essentials.