Antique Italian Family Circus Comes To WHB
The circus is coming to town this weekend!
Publication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press
By Heather Girgenti
The Zoppé Family Circus, presented by the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, will begin on Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m., and will continue on Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, at 3 p.m. For the performances, the Westhampton Beach Village Green on Main Street will house a one-ring circus tent bursting with clowns, acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship and canine capers.
According to Giovanni Zoppé, who performs as Nino the Clown, the circus will entertain the whole family with various stunts and performances.
“The best part about the circus, is being able to give our art to people,” Mr. Zoppé said during a recent phone interview. “They can forget about life for a few hours and forget about all their troubles.”
The Zoppé Family Circus is an antique family circus that began in 1842 when Mr. Zoppé’s ancestors—a French clown and a Hungarian ballerina—met, fell in love and started a circus together, according to Mr. Zoppé. Since then the entire Zoppé family has become involved. Mr. Zoppé began performing when he was 1 year old and his 21-month-old son is already following in his footsteps, appearing in every show, he said.
“This circus is special because it follows a story line,” he explained. “There’s a reason why things happen when they do.”
This is circus’s first time in Westhampton and Mr. Zoppé said the entire troupe is very excited.
“Our circus isn’t just for children, it’s for everyone,” he said. “It’s a truly magical experience