Grand Park to host the Zoppé Italian Family Circus Sept. 4-7 |

Grand Park to host the Zoppé Italian Family Circus Sept. 4-7

Art Ferrari / Special to the Sky-Hi News
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Circus Performances

All shows at tent next to Grand Park Community Recreation Center.

Friday, Sept. 4: 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 5: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 6: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 7: 1 p.m.

Ticket info

Tickets for the circus are $19 for general admission (bleacher seating) and $24 for VIP (chair seating). Online ticket sales are open or you can purchase locally at the Winter Park Chamber, Winter Park Market or the Grand Park Community Recreation Center. The on-­site box office will open one hour prior to each performance.

For more information about the circus or to purchase tickets online please visit

WINTER PARK — Grand Park announces the Zoppé Italian Family Circus is coming to the Fraser Valley on Sept. 4-7.

Founded in 1842 by a French street clown and a Hungarian equestrienne ballerina, the seventh generation of Zoppé family performers continue to welcome spectators into an intimate 500-­seat tent known as Veneto. The circus features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation.

The Zoppé Italian Family Circus is a traditional European circus with talented artists performing in the same interactive style their ancestors used to entertain families over a century ago and is one of the last family-­run, one-­ring traveling circuses in the United States.

“The Zoppes first came to Winter Park in 2008 and have been back nearly every year since then, making many friends and fans in the Fraser Valley,” says Zoppe’ Colorado Tour Director Gina Hallisey. “It’s one of their favorite stops in the Colorado tour and this year’s show is really strong, so I know they will gain even more circus fans once folks see this show.”

Giovanni Zoppé, a sixth-­generation circus performer who stars as the main character, Nino the Clown, captures the hearts of the audience with his playful antics as the central figure of the circus’ story. The Zoppé circus is truly a family affair with the pageantry of Tosca Zoppé, the Equestrienne Ballerina, the fun of Carla Zoppé and her husband Rudy Heinin’s skillful canines making up the main family acts and show favorites. Tosca’s husband Jay Walther performs as Papino, the ringmaster of the circus.

“We try to touch every emotion during the show,” said Giovanni Zoppé. “They’ll laugh, they’ll cry, and they’ll feel for the characters. It’s more of an event than a show.”

The Zoppé Family Circus is well known in the eastern United States and performs to sold-­out audiences in Chicago and New York. The recent stop in Snowmass Village saw sellout crowds.

The Grand Park engagement is part of its special 2015 Colorado Tour that runs Aug. 14 to Sept. 7. The new location for the circus is in town next to the Grand Park Community Recreation Center. Net proceeds benefit the Winter Park & Fraser Valley Rotary.

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