Bubble, circus act to take stage at Emens

<p>The Underwater Bubble Show will be at John R. Emens Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m. The show incorporates bubbles, magic and acrobatics. <em>Ball State University // Photo Courtesy&nbsp;</em></p>

The Underwater Bubble Show will be at John R. Emens Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m. The show incorporates bubbles, magic and acrobatics. Ball State University // Photo Courtesy 

What: Underwater Bubble Show

Where: Emens Auditorium 

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 22

Ticket information: Students — $5 in advance, $10 at the door

Faculty, staff and public — $18 in advance, $21 at the door

Bubbles, magic and acrobatics will be on full display at the Underwater World of Bubbleandia.

The show, which takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in John R. Emens Auditorium, is about Mr. B and his friends in the Underwater World of Bubblelandia. The show is filled with circus-type acts that are done by a group of people with bubbles.

The show is similar to Cirque du Soleil and has its own theme, which is not common for traveling circus acts. All of the show’s special effects are old school and not done with modern technology.

It’s all the excitement, without the cost.

“[The illusions] will make you think it is more daring or fearful than it actually is,” said Kristi Chambers, the assistant director of marketing and communications for Emens.

The show contains both optical and magic illusions. It also uses a lot of classical illusions and tricks to make the audience believe they are underwater. The stage will have foam, bubbles, coral reefs, jelly fish, mermaids and other similar aspects that will create the underwater atmosphere.

The group is made up of individuals from Europe. They have been traveling together for 20 years doing shows internationally, and have been everywhere except Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Twenty-two years ago, Enrico Pecolli started doing bubbles and circus acts with his wife. He considers himself the modern-day ring master as the producer, director and an actor in the show.

Though he’s been working with bubbles for more than two decades, Bubbleandia wasn’t put together until 2011.

Pecolli said he has seen great reactions since the start of doing shows with bubbles. He has seen people of all ages and all conditions cheering and enjoying this show.

“It is everywhere in the world, not just for kids or adults,” he said.

The show is unique and family friendly. Though there is no spoken word, there is plenty of miming, circus acts and excitement that tell the story of Mr. B and his underwater friends in Bubblelandia. It is a mix of a theatrical show with all the inner workings of a circus.

The group brings its own tech crew and technology, but Emens provides the production aspects with lighting and sound. They use student stage interns and stagehands in order for the shows to run smoothly.

“We rely on our students to do much. We could not do what we do without them,” Chambers said.

For students, tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets are $17 for adults. Faculty, staff and alumni tickets are buy one get one free.

Chambers has seen a lot of different acts take the stage at Emens and is interested to see what this underwater show will bring.

“We have seen things transform," she said. "We have had everything from an ice rink on stage to you name it — we have converted the stage. I wonder how it will be underwater.” 

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