Program Information

Number of Artists: 1

Grade Levels: 4-5, 6-8, 9-12, Family, K-2, K-5, Preschool

Program Length: 45 minutes

Ideal Audience Size: Flexible

Maximum Audience Size: Varies

Setup Time: 30 minutes

Breakdown Time: 30 minutes

Technical Requirements: Cleared, flat 15' x 20' area, with 12' vertical clearance, electrical outlet, dressing room

SOL Connections

History and Social Science: USII.5

English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.8, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.8, 3.1, 4.2, 4.5

Artists Fees

Single Fee: $500 - $700

Fee Notes

Family Night Performance: $595 - $795

The Funny Guy, Paul Hadfield

New Vaudeville and Humor


Theatre Arts

Program Type

Community Festivals, Elementary School Assemblies, Family Concerts

Subject Areas

Circus Arts, Life Science, Physical Education, Social Skills Development, Theatre Arts, Vaudeville

Paul Hadfield demonstrates the world of physical comedy as a tight wire walker, juggler, acrobat, and unicyclist in humorous thematic contexts that harken to the days of Vaudeville and the joys of clowning. He performs flawless juggling and acrobatics while taking on the persona of a wacky character that is sure to make a lasting impression. Workshops are available for students grades 3 through 6.

General Foolishness (K-6) is an imaginative production that combines a broad array of humor, circus skills, music, and physical comedy. In his efforts to "present the latest in military technology," the General invariably meets hilarious outcomes. Audience participation is interwoven around the General's performance of amazing feats, such as balancing atop an 8-foot unsupported ladder.

Spats, the Lost Vaudevillian (K-6) mistakenly stops at your school on his way to New York City to "hit the Big Time." Spats creates the warmth and energy of live Vaudeville theater. Sharing the thrills, stories and laughter of early 20th Century Vaudeville, he leaves students with their own memory of a wonderful time before radio and television when imagination was king.