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A ProVIDEO Comedy Series Event

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater starring Gregory Popovich, International Circus Star and 26 Shelter Rescued Pets For more information about the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater and Gregory Popovich visit Booking: | 702.245.8947 Interviews: | 702.403.8386 SAT, FEB 5, 2011 | Capitol Theater

Stay after this performance for an Overture Meet the Artist event.

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Bottled water and beverages in Overture Refillable Souvenir Cups are allowed in the theater during this performance. Purchase a souvenir cup for $3 plus the cost of your drink at any of the concession locations in the lobby, and remember to bring it back next time.

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GREGORY POPOVICH Gregory Popovich, producer and star of the show, and his entourage of furry four legged performers, have traveled and performed throughout the United States and all over the world. They have been featured on the Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, America’s Got Talent and Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet. Gregory currently is busy with a number of projects outside of his live show, including promoting his new book You CAN Train Your Cat and producing additional episodes of his new television show “Comedy Pets.” Gregory grew up as the child of Russian circus performers Alex and Tamara Popovich. In addition to their juggling and performing skills, Gregory’s parents also were dog trainers. From a very young age, Gregory formed a special bond with animals, especially his mother’s show dogs, which led to his participation onstage assisting with her dog act. At the age of six, Gregory began to learn the art of juggling. Eight years later, he prepared his first solo act — juggling on a free standing ladder. After the public debut of this feat, Gregory became a member of the great Moscow Circus Group at the age of 17. For the next few years, Gregory traveled the world with the Moscow Circus, eventually becoming the star of the circus and its representative at international circus competitions

worldwide. During this time, Gregory completed a special five-year course and earned the degree of “Circus Creator and Producer.” Gregory was then invited to join the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in the United States. He performed his juggling act in the center ring, becoming the first Russian artist to ever appear in the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Las Vegas was the next stop for Gregory where he became the featured performer at the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. During his show there, he fatefully incorporated the family kitten, Snowbird, in his act. The audiences’ responses to the kitten act was consistently so great, that Gregory began to think about building an entire routine based on performing cats. A friend encouraged Gregory to visit an animal shelter to look for cats that could become the additional performing pets. Upon his first visit to an animal shelter, Gregory was dismayed and stunned to see so many animals without a home or a loving family, animals that had so much potential, but had been discarded. He began to adopt and train cats from the shelter, and, when they were ready, introduce them as a part of his show. This is the beginning of Gregory’s lifelong commitment to helping rescued animals and the Comedy Pet Theater.

A NOTE FROM GREGORY I grew up with many pets because my parents both worked with animals in their circus acts. Early on, I helped to take care of the cats and dogs, and learned that it was not just fun to have pets, it was also a huge responsibility. Nonetheless, I formed a connection with my furry friends that has only strengthened through the years, and it’s a bond I believe will last a lifetime. Although it’s my passion and love to

perform with my pets onstage, there is a lot of work behind the scenes too, and it takes a lot of time and energy to ensure that my performing pets are healthy and happy. My kitty cats and dogs are treated like family members, and as such, they need clean beds and new toys, playtime, good meals, routine medical care, relaxation, exercise, baths and pampering.” — Gregory Popovich Comedy Pet Theater | Overture Center 3

Photo: Max Pucciariello

A Bell Laboratories Dance Series Event

Momix, Botanica

TUE, MAR 29, 7:30 pm $20 – $45 | Overture Hall Hot on the rise following national exposure (thanks to a wonderfully inventive series of Target ads) Moses Pendleton’s illusionist dance company Momix brings its dazzling new show to Madison. Botanica features colorful costumes, marvelous moves and that signature Momix moxie. “Eye-popping and mind-boggling!” — New York Times

TICKETS: 608.258.4141


SAVE AN ANIMAL Gregory Popovich personally and professionally strives to educate people that all animals are unique and special, and that people have a great responsibility to their pets. All of Gregory’s performing cats and dogs have been rescued from shelters, to be given a second chance at life. To show his support for animal shelters, sanctuaries and organizations, Gregory has and will continue to participate in fundraising events, community awareness initiatives/ programs and cooperative opportunities. He strongly supports and promotes adopting an animal from the shelter and the practice to spay/neuter all cats and dogs. Gregory aims to teach people that one caring person can make a huge difference to the animal world. Adopt a Pet Perhaps you have already adopted a pet from an animal shelter, sanctuary, or organization. Maybe you’ve adopted several! But if you’re thinking about it for the first time, please take the time to thoroughly educate yourself about this big decision. A cat or dog can add great value to your life, in the form of companionship, activity and love. It’s a major decision to add a four-legged member to the family, so make sure the pet you choose is one which fits your lifestyle. Educate yourself about the various aspects of pet ownership. As you research your decision, ask people who can answer your questions such as professionals and volunteers within various animal related organizations and shelters, veterinarians or other animal health practitioners, friends and family with pets, credible online references. Becoming a pet owner is a lifetime commitment — but one with many rewards and benefits! Spay and Neuter Animals do not need our help to expand their numbers; they need our help to reduce their numbers until there are

good homes for them all. Sterilization of your cat or dog will increase his/her chance of a longer and healthier life. Altering your canine friend will increase his/her life by an average of 1 to 3 years, and for felines, 3 to 5 years. Spaying or neutering your pet will also lower the risk for certain cancers and make the animal an overall better pet companion.” —Spay USA If you want to find low-cost spay and neuter certificates or clinics, check out Spay USA or Friends of Animals. Some Facts The Humane Society of the United States modestly estimates that 3-4 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. This does not include the number of animals that die on the streets or live in abusive and negligent conditions. Each day, 10,000 humans are born in the U.S., and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for the animals. (Spay USA) “I strongly promote the practice of adopting a dog or cat from a local shelter, and making sure that pets are spayed and neutered. The contribution these practices make to the animal world are indeed life savers.” — Gregory Popovich

Meet the Artist Please join us for an informal discussion and talk-back in Capitol Theater immediately after tonight’s performance.

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Overture’s free and low-cost community and education programs are at the heart of our mission to engage the entire community in the arts. In fact, last season, these programs served more people in our community than the total number of tickets sold to all of our performances. These programs are possible only through the generosity of contributors to the Ovation Fund – people just like you who recognize the transforming benefits of the arts and want to ensure that everyone in our community can experience them. Learn more when you make your donation onLine at overture’s free and Low-cost community and education programs incLude: Community Ticket Vouchers, Kids in the Rotunda, Duck Soup Cinema, Take 10, International Festival, Overture Galleries, St. Mary’s A.M. Series, Artist Residencies, Community Arts Access Program, OnStage Performing Arts Series, The Tommy Awards, Educator Workshops, Meet the Artist, Wisconsin Writers Series and Overture After Work

OVATION FUND: Community. Education. Diversity.

Duck Soup cinema

sat, feB 26, 2 pm & 7 pm

$7 Adults, $3 kids 12 and Under | Capitol Theater

sponsored by Goodman’s Jewelers

The Three Ages

starring Buster Keaton

Clark Wilson on the Grand Barton Organ

Silent films and vaudeville acts recalling the glory days of Capitol Theater.



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Li Chiao-Ping Dance | 608.835.6590

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art | 608.257.0158

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Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra | 608.257.0638

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Madison Symphony Orchestra | 608.257.3734


For more information about the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater and Gregory Popovich visit SAT, FEB 5, 2011 | Capitol Theater S...