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Program Information

Number of Artists: 1 or 2

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, Family, K-2, K-5

Program Length: 45 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: 300

Maximum Audience Size: 600

Setup Time: 1 hour

Breakdown Time: 30 minutes

Technical Requirements: Stage or open area

SOL Connections

Music: K.10, K.11, 1.11, 1.12, 2.10, 2.11, 3.12, 3.13, 4.12, 4.13, 5.10, 5.11

History and Social Science: K.1, K.2, WHI.12, WHI.13, WHII.2

English: K.1, K.2, K.8, 1.2, 1.11, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 3.6, 4.2, 4.5, 4.6, 5.1, 5.2, 5.5, 5.6, 6.5, 6.6, 7.2, 7.5, 7.7

Artists Fees

Single Fee: Solo (Nicolo only): $400 - 600 plus travel; Duo: $550 - $750 plus travel


$.45/mile from Brandywine, MD

Fee Notes

Inquire for evenings and weekends.

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Students at Hugh Mercer Elementary in Fredericksburg had a ball with Nicolo Whimsey, June 1999  

The Nicolo Whimsey Show

Variety Arts Theatre


Theatre Arts

Program Type

Curriculum Materials, Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts, High School Assemblies, Middle School Assemblies, Residencies, Workshops

Subject Areas

Creative Writing, Culture Studies, Music, Physical Education, Poetry, Theatre Arts, World History

The Nicolo Whimsey Show combines juggling, music, comedy, character acting, pantomime, ropewalking, circus skills, poetry and audience participation in a variety arts extravaganza that thrills students and teachers alike, while heightening their appreciation for the visual, verbal and musical arts. Active student participation during the performance leaves students inspired to use their imaginations in their own creative activities.

Dressed as Renaissance court jesters, Nick Newlin and Joanne Flynn introduce students to key figures of the Renaissance era: Shakespeare, Da Vinci, and Copernicus.

While interchanging characters through subtle costume changes and mime, Nicolo, the Gypsy Juggler and the Queen of Whimsey delight audiences with their feats of juggling, balancing and musical saw and accordion melodies.

Workshops for students and teachers in basic juggling, clowning and pantomime can be held in conjunction with a school performance as part of a full day of "Whimsey" while emphasizing persistence, imagination, and creativity.