One Man Circus Vaudevillian Geoff Marsh Brings Unique Show to Monterey December 10


The Highland County Arts Council is bringing Geoff Marsh to Monterey for a performance on Saturday, December 10.    Marsh has quite a unique act.

“I am a one-man circus vaudevillian,” says Marsh. “I do a little bit of hat juggling, plate spinning, comedy, and audience participation, where I bring some kids up and they become the star of the show.”

Marsh first saw juggling on the street in London and he was hooked, knowing that was what he wanted to do.  He got started by doing street juggling performances, worked with a circus and also learned puppetry and magic.    He has performed all over the country and the world.  He also volunteers with Clowns Without Borders, a non-profit that brings laughter to hospitals, refugee camps, disaster zones, and impoverished neighborhoods and schools.

“It’s a lost art, I guess,” says Marsh.  “You don’t find many other people say they make a living as a juggler and I’ve been able to do it for twenty years.  I spent my whole life curating this act that I’ve devised and I get to have these wonderful amazing moments with people year after year.  And people come and tell me that they’ve had, like, a really rough day and just watching my show turned them around or they’ve been bringing their kids to see me for, like, thirteen years and that helped inspire them to want to pursue a career in the arts and now they are going to acting school and they are pursuing their dreams.  And it’s almost hard to hear of people wanting to make a living as a juggler, but I’m living proof.  I’ve done it for twenty years.”

These performances are a holiday gift to the community from the Highland County Arts Council.  Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

“My show is not just for kids, it’s for everybody,” says Marsh.  “I incorporate comedy, that is not only fun, but family friendly as well too.  I like to pride myself as a good clean entertainer and that doesn’t mean that adults don’t have fun.  We all have a great time.  Whether you’re young or old, everyone is welcome at this show and I bet you’ll walk away with at least a smile or two on your face.  As a one-person show it’s a whole lot more on your shoulders, but the reward afterwards is so much greater.  The audience reactions.  The people just having a great time.  I’m a peddler of fun.”

Geoff Marsh performs Saturday, December 10, at The Highland Center in Monterey.  Performances are at 5pm and 7pm and each performance will last under an hour.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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