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Big Top Rock: Rock the Teatro ZinZanni Way

Jen Ayers stars as Donatella DiMarco.

Mike Hipple



Teatro ZinZanni’s Big Top Rock family series is back in full swing this spring with Rock This Way. Singer Jen Ayers and the colorful Teatro ZinZanni band The Parkway Boys have teamed up with ZinZanni’s acrobats and youngest performers for a rockin’ weekend morning.


Jen Ayers stars as Donatella DiMarco, rocking not only the big top but also an incredible New Jersey accent. The moment she rides in on a bike clad in a vibrant pink wig and tutu, you know you and the kids are in for a fun time. 


Kids are encouraged to sit in the VIP section in front of the stage, which is thoughtfully reserved for little ones who want to dance. They’re accompanied by ZinZanni’s helpful staff, who are attentive to tiny dancers who might get too close to the moving stage or decide they want to find their parents in their seats. 


From the helpers in the VIP section to the ushers and performers, the entire cast and crew of Rock This Way share genuine smiles with everyone in the audience. Their enthusiasm is contagious, and kids and grownups alike will be grinning along and clapping their hands to the beat.


Ayers and The Parkway Boys play a total of ten songs for the hour-long show. If you’ve been looking for just the right opportunity to introduce your kids to classic rock, Rock This Way has you covered. With “I Love Rock ‘n Roll,” “Start Me Up,” and “Don’t Stop Believing,” you’ll be singing along while the kids get some of their first tastes of classic 80s and 90s rock.


“Dream On” paired with the astonishing acrobatics of Ling Rui is a showstopper. Kids on the floor stare in open-mounted amazement, and don’t be surprised if you get some goosebumps yourself. Duo Madrona, a Teatro ZinZanni mainstay, is a highlight of the show as always with their powerful mastery of the trapeze.


And it’s not just the veterans that will astonish the audience. The energetic tap dancing “Spinal Tappers” from Wedgewood, the dizzying diabolo juggler Max Voronin, and future rock stars August Maier and Griffin Ayers are not just talented: They show the same cool and confidence as the adult performers, even when a trick or a step goes wrong. 


Kids seeing other kids up on the stage might even inspire them to imagine themselves standing in the spotlight one day.


If you’ve caught a Big Top Rock show before, Rock This Way will feel very familiar—but still just as entertaining as the other shows in the family series. Catch it now through May 22, 2016.


If You Go:


Where: 222 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109

Dates: April 9 – May 22, 2016, doors open 10 am, show starts 11 am (lasts 60 minutes)

Cost: Booth Seating $20.00, Chair Seating $25.00

Contact: (206) 802-0015 or zinzanni.com 



Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in the Seattle area who can juggle balls, clubs, and her daughter’s busy schedule.




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