Umbrella Festival Sunday Matinée: THE NEXT GENERATION Student Showcase
Apr 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian
Doors open at 1:00

$20 Advance
$30 at the Door
$40 Preferred Seating
$12 Youth (12 & under)

The AWOL Aeros return to the Umbrella, leading a line-up of child circus prodigies from Echo Theater, Afterglow Aerial Arts and more off our city's finest schools. We're always thrilled to see what the future holds for our bohemian arts underground, and these are the fledgeling artists who will bring that future about. Get ahead of the curve.
Not only that, but we're bringing back beloved novelty singer Al Simmons and cowboy clown Leapin' Louie to keep all those kids and parents entertained.
Umbrellas graciously donated by ShedRain, Portland's quality umbrella manufacturer since 1947.
Aeros is A-WOL's new pre-professional youth training company, a program designed to provide an advanced training ground for young aerialists seeking pre-professional instruction. The members of the program are invited to participate in specialized rehearsals, classes, and performance opportunities. Aeros offers a supportive and disciplined environment with coaches that are committed to fostering a positive spirit and a high expectation for learning and excelling in the aerial arts. more >>>
The Echo Theater Company has provided pre-professional training and performance opportunities in aerial arts, acrobatics, and ensemble physical theater to youth for over 20 years. We currently support three performance ensembles and are excited to feature two of them in the Umbrella Festival!

The Tik Toks (ages 8 – 13) & the Zig Zags (ages 13 - 18) are the pre-professional performance ensembles of the Echo Theater Company. These talented performers get a year-long glimpse into the world of professional ensemble physical theater, from physical training to choreography, stage-craft, script-writing, costuming, sound design, and more. Both groups perform at local functions throughout the year and present their own original work in the Echo Theater in the Spring. Zig Zag and Tik Tok alumni have gone on to careers in circus arts, dance, theater, micro-biology, international law and much more!


Zig Zags: Tess Kelleher, Elena Kilber, Summer Gaines, Raina Hanson, Callie Wilker, Gwen Chura, Lilah Ransdell, Anne Brod
Tik Toks: Leila Paravicini, Hana Mandelbaum, Eloise Smith, LilyWest , Mollie Mackey
Honorary Tik Toks: Lily Wheeler-Kay & Aaron Wheeler-Kay
Musician: Eliana Kertzner
Directors: Wendy Cohen, London Mahina, Aaron Wheeler-Kay more >>>
David "Leapin’ Louie" Lichtenstein, a master of physical comedy, trick roping, fancy whip cracking, juggling, unicycling, reels out a hilarious comedy cowboy show and literally ropes the crowd in. Generally considered the most explosive Lithuanian Jewish Cowboy Comedian to ever come out of Oregon, Louie combines a unique comic character, high energy comedy, physical clowning, and a world class array of cowboy rope and whip tricks, plus improvisation and audience participation.

David has performed Leapin’ Louie shows in 28 different countries around the world including many tours of Europe and Japan, and a 33 city USA tour with country music stars Brooks and Dunn. In 2012 alone, David performed in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Switzerland, Belgium, and Australia.

David has a wife, two adult children, 3 chickens, and other unruly animals at home in Portland, Oregon, USA. more >>>
Al Simmons | 2:00 PM
elevated audiences world-wide to collective giggles and all-out guffaws. At once childlike in its simplicity and sophisticated in its execution, Al’s humour touches a responsive chord in people of every age.
n the entertainment business since 1970, the popular Manitoba-based children’s performer is likely Canada’s most versatile comedian. He puts on a funfest, full of bizarre gadgets, wild costumes, unique songs, crazy vaudeville-inspired routines and of course bad puns. His album "Celery Stalks at Midnight" won the Juno award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) back in 1996, and two of his other albums have also received nominations. more >>>