Double Fun in Everett with Big Truck Circus, Big Screen Movie


EVERETT — Instead of a near-last-of-the-summer adventure, make it a double.

On Friday, Up Up Up, a circus of traveling cranes in a big truck, not a big tent, will perform in downtown Everett at 6 p.m. Later, a large giant screen in the Everett Marina will feature the last Sail-In Cinema photo of the summer — “Encanto,” the one that will have you singing along to Bruno.

Up Up Up, an ensemble of acrobats, musicians, stunt performers, clowns and illusionists, is on a month-long tour of Washington and Oregon.

The 24-foot-long flatbed Isuzu truck serves as the stage with a small grand piano and a 30-foot crank crane does the rigging for aerial numbers. The circus entertains on small farms, immigrant communities, dinner parties, nursing homes and for fundraisers, like Thursday’s show at the South Whidbey Community Center in Langley.

The circus drew about 300 spectators to Everett last summer at the vacant lot at 1814 Hewitt Ave. The show will take place in the same place, but with different twists.

“We have a bunch of new acts. I’m eight months pregnant so I’m not going in circles,” said Up Up Up co-founder Sadye Osterloh, from Bellingham.

A performer with Up Up Up, a traveling circus on a flatbed truck with a crane for aerial acts. (photo sent)

She has done the “world’s biggest wedgie” aerial pirouette in previous years. Another performer clings to the rig by the hair to perform feats.

“This year, the theme of the show has more of a Vegas-y, disco, sequin-y vibe,” she said. “We have a synthesizer and some other fun stuff that we’ll be playing.”

Jason Webley, singer-songwriter and accordion minstrel from Everett, will take the stage for a few songs. Webley started a traveling water circus, the Flotsam River Circus, on a 32-foot wooden boat with a troupe of musicians, circus performers and puppeteers.

Four of the Up Up Up performers were part of his circus, which toured California in June and July.

“We toured the Sacramento River in the Delta, then finished in the San Francisco Bay, with shows in Oakland and San Francisco,” he said.

The Up Up Up show is for all ages. The cost of admission is a donation, pass-the-hat style. There are no concessions.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Then, head to Boxcar Park for the Sail-in Cinema for the 8:25 p.m. screening of “Encanto” on a 40-foot screen.

This is the final film in the summer series sponsored by the Port of Everett and Waterfront Place. Sail to watch aboard your boat or stroll overland.

Performers with Up Up Up, a traveling circus on a flatbed truck with a crane for aerial acts.  (photo sent)

Performers with Up Up Up, a traveling circus on a flatbed truck with a crane for aerial acts. (photo sent)

Show up an hour before the movie to have a photo with the Madrigal girl from Enchanting Events and play garden games. Admission is free and so is popcorn. Food is available for purchase.

Relax under the stars until it’s time to get up and dance to “We Don’t Talk About Bruno”.

Andrea Brown: 425-339-3443; [email protected]; Twitter: @reporterbrown.

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