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The City of Redwood City Presents Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus Since 1842

Redwood City, CA - September 29, 2011 - Redwood City is proud to welcome back, Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus from October 14th through October 23rd, for spectacular two-hour performances that will captivate the entire family! The Circus tent will be set up next to the Downtown Library at 1044 Middlefield Road in Redwood City and will host matinee and evening performances. Tickets are available online now at

The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into their intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning, and plenty of audience participation. Giovanni Zoppé, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than more typical circuses these days. "We try to touch every emotion during the show," he says. "They'll laugh, they'll cry, and they'll feel for the characters. It's more of an event than a show."

The latest addition to the Zoppé family, Giovanni’s two-year old son Julian, was actually born in Redwood City during a previous tour, and has been performing with his family for his entire life.

The Zoppé Circus, in existence since 1842, evokes something from a picture book: the clown, the trapeze, the dancing dogs, the ring and the tent, created to be reminiscent of the one-ring European family circuses of the last century and will thrill and amaze children and adults alike with its breathtaking stunts and astonishing acrobatics. Plus, Zoppé brings thrilling new acts this year, including the beautiful low wire walker, Ariele Ebacher, as well as the Rosales Family from Mexico City, a family of acrobats and jugglers with 8 year old twin boys who will melt your hearts. The Zoppé Family Circus is a once-a-year event not to be missed, and tickets go fast so families are encouraged to reserve their seats quickly!

Show Dates and Times:

  • Friday, October 14 & 21: 4pm & 7pm
  • Saturday, October 15 & 22: 11am, 3pm & 7pm
  • Sunday, October 16 & 23: 11am, 3pm & 6pm
  • Tuesday, October 18: 6:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 19: 6:30pm
  • Thursday, October 20: 6:30pm

Ticket Prices:

  • Weekday Shows: Youth (2-11): $10 / Adult (Age 12+): $15
  • Weekend Shows: Youth (2-11): $13 / Adult (Age 12+): $18
  • Children under 2 must sit on laps - NO CAR SEATS

Ticket Purchase:

  • Online at:
  • Red Morton Community Center, 1120 Roosevelt Ave., Redwood City (tickets at this location expected to be available as of Tuesday, October 4)
  • The Circus Tent (CASH ONLY) 2 hours prior to the first showtime of the day.
    Call the ticket Hotline for up-to-date information 650.780.7586.

More info at: and The Zoppé Circus is sponsored by the City of Redwood City and its Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

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Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager


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