Carlson Center adds event


Press release posted by Bob Evans

Johnson County Community College’s

Carlsen Center Presents

                                                              Cirque Mechanics

                                         42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Nov. 8 at Yardley Hall


Cirque Mechanics

Overland Park, KS (Oct. 9, 2019) – The 2019 – 2020 season of the Carlsen Center Presents Series continues with the Cirque Mechanics : 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels on 8 p.m, Friday, November 8, in Yardley Hall. High res photos with IDs can be found here.  Video can be found here.

At the center of every circus rests a 42FT ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels has been called the greatest contribution to the circus since Cirque du Soleil. With its unique approach to performance, inspiring storytelling and innovative mechanical staging, Cirque Mechanics has established itself as a premiere American circus. While inspired by the modern circus, Cirque Mechanics finds its roots in the mechanical and its heart in the stories of American ingenuity. These stories are wrapped in circus acrobatics, mechanical wonders and a bit of clowning around. The shows are rooted in realism, displaying a raw quality rarely found in modern circus and making their message timeless and relevant.

Ticket Information

Tickets may be purchased online or by phone (913) 469-4445. Prices start at $25. Season ticket packages which include a purchase of five events (or more) are available for a 10% discount. Donors to the Friends of the Carlsen Center (starting at $50) receive a 15% discount off season ticket packages.

 For more information about the 2019-2020 the Carlsen Center Presents Series at Johnson County Community College, and a full list of performers, visit

 Carlsen Center Presents 2019-2020 Season At A Glance

 Oct. 10             Preston Singletary and Khu.éex’*

Oct. 11             Russian Renaissance*

Oct. 12             A Night with Janis Joplin

Oct. 19             Illusionist Rick Thomas

Oct. 25             Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue

Oct. 26             Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio*

Oct. 27             Jake Shimabukuro, Ukulele

Nov. 2              National Dance Company of Siberia

Nov. 8              Cirque Mechanics: 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Nov. 9              Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Nov. 10            Harlem 100 – A Celebration of the Harlem Renaissance

Nov. 22            Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood—The Scared Scriptless Tour

Dec. 8              Winterlude—Ensemble Ibérica—Siento y Vivo (I Feel and Live)*

Dec. 17            Bandstand

Jan. 18             Bomsori Kim, Violin—In Recital*

Jan. 19             Winterlude—Eboni Fondren*

Feb. 7               Anderson & Roe—Piano Duo*

Feb. 9               Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: circlesongs

Feb. 14-16       Mrs. Krishnan’s Party+-a partnership with Johnson County Parks and Recreation

Feb. 15-16       An American in Paris (matinee and evening performances)

Feb. 21             The Choir of Man

Feb. 23             Winterlude—Gerald Spaits Sax & Violins*

Feb. 26             Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! The Musical!

Mar. 6              Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait*

Mar. 7              Danú St. Patrick’s Celebration

Mar. 11            SEEDS*

Mar. 15            Winterlude—Nate Nall Quintet*

Mar. 19            Quartet San Francisco*-Masters of Pop: The Beatles and Beyond

Mar. 20-21       DRUM TAO 2020

Apr. 2              The Reminders*

Apr. 3              Piff The Magic Dragon (magic and comedy)

May 9              Alonzo King LINES Ballet

 * Events held in Polsky Theatre, JCCC

 About Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College

The Carlsen Center is Johnson County’s performing arts center. Early on, the founders of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) dreamed of building a world-class performing arts venue in Johnson County, Kansas. In 1990, that dream was realized, and the center soon became a cultural hub for the rapidly growing county. The Carlsen Center’s growth parallels that of Johnson County, expanding from 50 events the first season to around 150 annually today. Events include Carlsen Center Presents (CCP), the annual series of around 25 events presented by JCCC that feature professional, internationally known artists in a wide variety of genres; academic branches of JCCC; and community groups who rent the space.

 Since 2000, with the development of the Carlsen Center Arts Education program, the Carlsen Center also addresses cultural and art-related program needs in K-12 education. The CC Arts Education programs include school performances at the Carlsen Center, and engagement activities with artists performing in schools. Master classes, lecture/demonstrations, workshops and other opportunities for interaction with students happen throughout the year. CC Arts Education  also offers support materials for programs, study guides, concert previews, plus professional development – creative skills workshops and curriculum-building seminars for teachers in arts integration.

 The CC Arts Education had a leadership role in the re-establishment of the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education, and in 2014 was named a Kennedy Center Partners in Education site, teamed with the Shawnee Mission School District. An expansion of the Kennedy Center Partnership occurred in 2018 with the addition of the Liberty Schools, making it one of two cross-state Kennedy Center Partnerships in the US. CC Arts Ed is the only Kennedy Center Partner in the state of Kansas.

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