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Lazer Vaudeville sheds light on traditional entertainment
By Danell McCoy
The performers want people to
know that what they do is different:
They don’t put on just a laser light show.
To make that clear, the cast of Lazer
Vaudeville spells laser with a “z.”
“We use the ‘z’ for a showbiz
effect,” said Cindy Marvell, a performer
with the troupe. “It gives the name a lit
A visual assault of light, action and
eye tricks opens Friday at the Lied
^Center, 301 N. 12th St. It’s a mix of old
and new, complete with the antics of old
vaudeville mixed with high-tech lasers
and black lights.
The show is a modem combination
of classic acrobatics, juggling and
magic tricks, along w ith plenty of spon
taneous humor. Lazer Vaudeville also
uses rope spinning and the nearly lost art
of hoop rolling.
Classic juggling with balls, clubs
and rings round out the show but a few
surprises are always thrown in.
“We have professional jugglers who
come and watch us because we have so
many different juggling techniques,”
Marvell said. “Some of them are tech
niques that most people have not had the
chance to experience.”
Lazer Vaudeville was founded in
1987 by Carter Brown. Brown had
worked as a circus juggler, but after six
years decided he wanted something
Brown mixed his interest in laser
programming and technology with his
act, basically vaudevillian, and created
“We use the lights as set pieces,”
Marvell said. “The black lights can
bring certain things into focus and give
the audience a better look at what is
going on onstage.”
It also keeps the audience from see
ing what is happening onstage techni
cally. While the black lights are on,
troupe members may be moving
around, helping with the next trick or
getting things in place for future acts.
With the aid of the black lights,
Marvell said, the audience is able to
focus on the current act instead of what
is going on in the background.
The show plays not only with the
eyes of the audience, but also with their
ears. Members use hand drums or other
devices to add a rhythmic backdrop to
The troupe also makes audiences
active members of the show. And don’t
think it’s just for kids. Adults may be
asked to try to escape from a strait jack
et or hold spinning plates.
“We don't just pick on the kids,’’
Marvell said. “We have things for the
adults to do. too. We try to take advan
tage of whatever unexpected moment
What: Lazer Vaudeville
Where: Lied Center for Performing Arts
When: Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m.
and 7 p.m.
Cost: $9 for general admission, $4 for
The Skinny: New art blends classic
entertainment with modern technology.
The troupe is holding a free juggling
workshop at the Lied on Friday at noon
open to the public.
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THE JUGGLING CLOWN is a favorite entertainer of the Lazer Vaudeville troupe.
The show combines age-old circus tricks with new-age light effects.
I What: Peter Schickele and the Lark Quartet
Where: Kimball Recital Hall
j When: Tonight at 8
Cost: $22. $18
The Skinny: Nationally renowned
composer makes Lincoln appearance
Composer Schickele to appear
in concert at UNL’s Kimball Hall
Famed composer Peter Schickele will
appear tonight at Kimball Recital Hall.
Schickele is known as the man
responsible lor discovering the lost
works ol the mythical genius P.D.Q.
Bach, a long-lost son of Johann
Schickele's work under this alias
has been acknowledged as some of the
greatest satire of the 20th century. He
has appeared w ith such symphonies as
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the
New York Philharmonic and the
London Symphony Orchestra.
He is appearing tonight w'ith the
Lark Quartet, composed of Diane
Pascal, violin; Jennifer Orchard, violin;
Danielle Farina, viola; and Astrid
The quartet, founded in 1985. has
earned several accolades, including a
gold medal at the 1991 Shostakovich
International String Competition.
It tours internationally and is in res
idence at Ohio University'.
The centerpiece of tonight’s con
cert will be Schickele’s “String Quartet
No. 2 ’In Memoriam.’” which was
written for the Lark Quartet in 1988 as
a memorial piece for Schickele’s broth
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