Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Two high energy performances hit the Paramount stage this week

Courtesy of Paramount Theatre and Brittany App

CELTIC THUNDER & PEKING ACROBATS

April 10 and 12 — RUTLAND — The Paramount Theatre in downtown Rutland welcomes the Peking Acrobats on Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. followed up by world renowned singing sensation and the darlings of PBS stations nationwide, Celtic Thunder with their “Very Best Of Tour” on Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m.

First, on Friday, April 10 the Peking Acrobats will perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at treacherous wire-walking, trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace. Accompanied by live musicians skillfully playing traditional Chinese instruments and high-tech special effects that coalesce with the music and awe-inspiring feats to create an exuberant entertainment event featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival!

Then, on Sunday, April 12, Damian McGinty (former Glee Star) will be back performing as a Guest Artist with the Celtic Thunder guys Colm Keegan, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Emmett O’Hanlon and Neil Byrne.

Backed as ever by the amazing Celtic Thunder Band, Celtic Thunder will deliver the best of their much loved ensemble numbers with selections from their 9 Public Television shows, including “Heartland” (Celtic Thunder -The Show), “Galway Girl” and “Seven Drunken Nights” (Voyage), “A Place in The Choir” (Heritage) and “Take Me Home” (Take Me Home). No Celtic Thunder show would be complete without a performance of their rousing anthems “Caledonia” and of course, “Ireland’s Call,” which never fails to bring the audience to its feet.

In addition to these incredibly popular ensemble performances, the Very Best of Celtic Thunder tour will also feature a wide variety of solo hits such as Damian’s “Buachaille On Eirne,” Ryan’s “Ride On,” Keith’s “The Mountains of Mourne,” Neil’s “Noreen,” Emmett’s “Danny Boy,” along with their contemporary hits “Desperado,” “Brothers In Arms,” “The Island” and “You Raise Me Up.” The show will also highlight the group’s fun side with fan favorites “Seven Drunken Nights,” “A Place in the Choir,” “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” “Heartbreaker,”“That’s a Woman” and many more.

Tickets ($24.75-34.75 for the Peking Acrobats and $79.50 for those remaining for Celtic Thunder) are available at charge-by-phone, 802-775-0903 or online at www.paramountlive.org. The Paramount Theatre, a fully ADA compliant (including state-of-the-art hearing assistance devices), is located at 30 Center Street in historic downtown Rutland.

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