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Three performers promise ‘Marvellous Mayhem’ in show at Empress Theatre

Ron Pearson

Ron Pearson


Balanzo

Balanzo


Andrea House

Andrea House

A Fort Macleod audience will be treated to a unique evening of music, magic and laughter on Friday, May 8.
Three performers with diverse talents will take the stage of the Empress Theatre at 7:30 p.m. for a show titled “Marvellous Mayhem.”
Singer-songwriter Andrea House, magician Ron Pearson and Aytahn Ross as the circus performer The Great Balanzo are the featured entertainers.
“Anybody who enjoys music, or enjoys a good giggle, or to be amazed by some magic will love it,” organizer Lee Holfeld said.
House, Pearson and Ross are also the featured entertainers Saturday at the Fort Macleod Children’s Arts Festival.
Holfeld said the show at the Empress Theatre on Friday night will be tailored for a different audience.
“It’s going to be totally different,” Holfeld said. “Their repertoire is so great that what they can bring to play with kids in an arena is going to be competely different from what they’re going to perform in a beautiful old theatre.”
“They have such a wider audience than just children,” Holfeld said. “Children are absolutely welcome, but I think if you’re under 10 years old you might not get as much out of it.”
Ron Pearson’s work has been recognized by the International Association of Entrepreneurial Performers, who awarded him the Order of Houdini.
Pearson was also selected to perform at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England and represented Alberta at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C.
Fort Macleod residents may recognize Pearson from the Hollywood movie The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, which starred Steve Carrel and Jim Carey,
Pearson has also been cast on television shows such as The Drew Carey Show, That 70s Show and George Lopez.
Pearson has had roles in other television shows and movies, and has made several appearances on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
Aytahn Ross, who has been performing professionally for more than two decades, started juggling and balancing things at an early age.
While Ross was growing up his family volunteered at various typical Canadian festivals, so he was exposed to many types of performers, and he attended the Actors’ Showcase in Winnipeg.
Ross has performed in shows such as Just For Laughs, at shows on Parliament Hill, in command performances for the Governor General, at Massey Hall in Toronto, the Orpheum in Vancouver and the National Arts Centre.
For the shows in Fort Macleod, Ross is billed as The Great Balanzo, the last surviving member of the Royal Balanzos, who were exiled from their kingdom hundreds of years ago.
Andrea House, an Edmonton singer-songwriter, has performed at Jack Singer Hall, the Winspear Centre and the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
House has performed recently with Russel Bloom and opened for acts such as The Blind Boys of Alabama, Ladysmith Black Mombazo and Ricky Skaggs.
House has released two albums titled Hearts Hotel and The Same Inside, as well as the three-song CD Twilight and a three-song CD of Christmas music.
“All three of them have been into the Empress Theatre in the past and all three have said, ‘what an amazing space. I would love to perform here,'” Holfeld said.
House, Pearson and Ross have worked together in the past, and are putting together the format for the show at the Empress Theatre.
Holfeld said while she doesn’t know all the details, one thing is certain: the theatre will be filled with Marvellous Mayhem.
“It’s going to be very cool,” Holfeld said.
Tickets are available at the Empress Theatre box office or by Allied Arts at 403-557-2443.

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