Incredible Acrobats of China to Perform

The Incredible Acrobats of China, one of the most spectacular shows in Branson, is returning to William Woods University for a repeat public performance in September to benefit the student scholarship fund. Featuring amazing acrobatics and gravity-defying feats, the entertainers were a big hit for all ages when they performed at WWU a year ago.

The 42-member cast, part of the New Shanghai Circus, will perform in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18. Ticket prices will be $5 for students (with ID) and children, $12.50 for adults.

The fast-paced, fascinating show includes a contortionist, bench balancer, jar juggler, traditional Chinese magic, aerial ballet and plate spinning. The performers accomplish complex acrobatic feats using the simplest of props—plates, rings, barrels, soccer balls, a bike and a lot of tables stacked high upon each other.

The show is a beautifully orchestrated presentation of Chinese circus acts dating back to the harvest festivals of 2,000 years ago. Each act requires skill and precision, and the Chinese acrobats who perform this exotic art form dedicate many hours of practice to the seemingly impossible stunts.

The talented troupe, which has performed on Broadway, ranges in age from 11 to 50, and is regarded internationally as the top company of acrobats in the People’s Republic of China. The show is enhanced by brilliant costumes, lighting and gorgeous set décor.

Melvin Hall, a member of the William Woods University Board of Trustees since 1962, is responsible for bringing the magnificently choreographed performance of Chinese circus acts to Fulton. Hall, who is chairman of the board of Branson Inn, Inc., also brought the acrobats to William Woods last year and brought the high-profile performer Wayne Newton to campus for a benefit concert in 1999.

For more information or to purchase tickets for the performance of the Incredible Chinese Acrobats at William Woods University, call the box office at (573) 592-4267. Tickets may be charged to MasterCard, VISA, American Express or Discover.