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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Traveling show features cats, dogs performing vaudeville acts


November 3, 2011

SPOKANE, WA--The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a testament to cats and dogs living in harmony – or to be precise, entertaining in harmony.
The cast list: 12 cats, 10 dogs, one parrot, three geese and eight people.
It combines vaudeville, Vegas and Russian circus elements for the kind of show never before seen at the Bing Crosby Theater (nor at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint).
Let’s put it this way: Have you ever seen a dog drive a train around the stage?
Popovich, a Moscow Circus veteran based in Las Vegas, said his animal act is not exactly typical.
“We don’t force them to do difficult tricks,” he said by phone. “I just look for personality. … Each pet has some kind of trick inside their body. Some like to play with a ball, or jumping, or climbing.”
Or, in the case of one dog, walking around on his hind legs with a cat riding piggyback.
Sometimes, the “trick” is simply an endearing trait. Popovich said he has one dog who is good at acting lazy. That dog plays a student in a classroom who runs and hides whenever homework is assigned.
Another difference: This show has a plot.read more:
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2011/nov/03/circus-pets/

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