Hog Wild event bringing circus theme to fundraiser

PORT ANGELES — In what’s being described as a touch of Cirque du Soleil, the Moulin Rouge and Seattle’s Teatro Zinzanni, the 12th annual Hog Wild event will feature performances provided by Enjoy Productions of Seattle.

Hog Wild Goes to the Circus presented by North Olympic Healthcare Network and Kitsap Bank will be an evening full of entertainment June 22 at the Field Arts & Events Hall, 201 W. Front St. in Port Angeles, to raise funds for the OMC Children’s Clinic and the OMC Foundation Scholarship fund.

The latter will provide funds for people who want to enter the healthcare profession, particularly at Peninsula College’s medical-related programs.

Tickets can be purchased at omhf.org or by calling 360-417-7144.

For more than three decades, Kevin Joyce and Martha Enson of Enjoy Productions have established themselves as one of the more versatile and prolific creative teams in the Pacific Northwest.

They have hosted, directed, designed, created, produced and performed at more than 2,000 live events, including theater spectacles such as Teatro Zinzanni.

“This is a circus without tents or animals — it’s European circus that’s closer to vaudeville in the U.S. in the 1920s,” said Joyce, the founder of Enjoy Productions.

“There will be several high-energy acts that will include clowns and highly skilled performers such as aerialists, and hand balance and rollo bollo artists.”

Joyce, and a musician and auctioneer, has become one of the most popular and sought-after fundraising hosts in the Pacific Northwest. He created and hosted the TV show Big Night Out for two seasons on the Seattle Channel.

Other performers will include:

• Martha Enson, the first female director of Teatro Zinzanni who is the artistic director of Enjoy Productions. She is an aerialist, actress, director, mask-maker, puppeteer and is forging a reputation as a creator and producer of singular influence in a career spanning more than 30 years.

• Mick Holsbeke, a former member of the Cirque du Soleil cast who was an original cast member in the 2018 reopening of the world-famous Teatro Zinzanni. He is a world-renowned clown with a ravenous appetite for the ridiculous. His circus expertise was developed at the prestigious Ecole Nationale de Cirque de Montreal.

• Jill Marissa, a hand-balance artist who has performed in Madrid, Germany and throughout the U.S. She is the co-founder of TickTock Dance, a performance company fusing deconstructed circus with contemporary dance.

• Etienne McGinley, a rollo bollo performer who is a veteran of many circuses, Renaissance Fairs and street performance venues throughout the U.S. He also is the co-founder of Acrobatrix.

In addition, local musicians Todd Ortloff and Amanda Bacon will also perform.

“This is going to be a fast-paced event with lots of entertainment,” OMC Foundation Executive Director Bruce Skinner said.

“It will be unique to the fundraising event category.”

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