By Gene Davis, DENVER DAILY NEWS
For anyone born in the latter part of the 20th century, the traditional circus has served as an entertaining throwback to an earlier time.
The old-school circuses have become even more retro thanks to the advent of modern circus groups like Cirque du Soleil.
However, just because traditional shows like the Zoppe Circus — which is entertaining crowds at the Mile High Marketplace through the weekend — are undeniably un-hip, it doesn’t mean that they aren’t fun for the whole family, either.
“This is what I would call an authentic circus, the way circuses used to be,” said Gina Hallisey of the Mile High Marketplace. “It’s very vintage.”
The Zoppe Circus is a family affair in more ways than one. While everyone from grandchild to grandparent will be entertained, the circus performers themselves are almost all family, too. In fact, the Zoppe Circus is now being performed by the seventh generation of Zoppes.
“It’s mom, her sons, daughters and their husbands,” said Hallisey. “They’re the most wonderful people and make you feel like you’re part of their family. They’re trying to keep their own family tradition alive”
The Zoppe Circus is an intimate affair. There isn’t a seat that’s more than 20 feet from the ring, which allows the performers to consistently engage the audience members.
Another perk is the event’s affordability; you can get you’re entire family into the circus for a total of $20.
“Everybody can go together and have a great time and be together as a family and be able to laugh and see a story and great artists,” said Hallisey. “It’s just a great little circus.”
Where: Mile high Marketplace
When: Through Sept. 13