Family friendly entertainment guaranteed to tickle the whole family's funny bone! Our whimsical acts bring back the beautiful bygone days of variety entertainment. Flower City Vaudeville's dexterous mix of physical comedy, musical interludes, and daring circus feats keeps you on the edge of your seat. Manipulating props and audience is all part of the fun.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 20 - 60 minutes
What to Expect
We offer a range of comedy variety entertainment including slapstick, music, juggling, slacklining, unicycle, old time radio mystery, boomerangs, lassos, and more. We can either perform one of our theater shows or adapt and customize our show to fit your theme. All our shows are suitable for the whole family from 4 to 104!
FLOWER CITY VAUDEVILLE was founded in 2012 to perform in Rochester's first fringe festival. Today Flower City Vaudeville features the prodigious musical talents of Ward Hartenstein, the physical comedy skills of Richard Hughson, and the object manipulation artistry of Ted Baumhauer.
A family favorite at the Rochester's Fringe Festival (2011 to 2016), and the Ithaca Fringe Festival 2015 & 16 and winner's of the Andrew D. Dixon Award there in 2015. Since 2015 Flower City Vaudeville has been one of the most active artists listed with Young Audiences of Rochester.
Ward Hartenstein is a performance artist who claims that he can make a musical instrument out of just about anything. He is irresistibly drawn to things that make sounds – weird sounds, silly sounds, and even musical sounds. Someday he hopes to complete his musical masterpiece - a sonic invention known as the Oatmeal Splat-o-phone. In the mean time, he is delighted to engage in all manner of silly business with Flower City Vaudeville.
Richard Hughson began studying mime in 1976. Later adding martial arts, clowning, and physical comedy. He still works out regularly in order to pursue his passion, free-wheeling entertainment. Being an actor and director has rounded out his theatrical skills just in time to become a founding member of Flower City Vaudeville. “Working with Ted and Ward allows me to focus all my skills and comedic vision into one arena.” He says, “I could flip over it, literally.”
Ted Baumhauer, Ed.D., has been performing for families and children of all ages since 1994 from Wisconsin to Vermont and is a founding member of Flower City Vaudeville. He employs a wide variety of physical skills including juggling, ball spinning, slack lining, unicycle, whip cracking, and bad drumming. When not performing with FCV he delivers unforgettable and entertaining Keynote presentations and Leadership Development Programs.
Additional Booking Notes
We will need a simple white wash for lighting. A 15 foot wide by 10 foot deep stage at the minimum. We can provide our own sound support as long as we have access to an electrical outlet within 20 feet.
Past Booked Events
|June 16, 2017 • 9:00am - 9:45am||Working Together Show|
|June 02, 2017 • 9:15am - 10:00am||Slapstick Science|
|May 09, 2017 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Working Together Bristol Valley Theater|
|May 06, 2017 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm||Athens Arts Fest|
|April 22, 2017 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm||Working Together Show|
|April 19, 2017 • 12:45pm - 1:30pm||Working Together Show|
|April 06, 2017 • 9:35am - 10:20am||Slapstick Science Show|
|April 05, 2017 • 9:15am - 10:05am||Slapstick Science Show|
Influences & Inspiration
Buster Keaton, The Marx Brothers, Praire Home Companion, The Three Stooges.
We will provide all our own equipment including sound support if needed.
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