Popovich Comedy Pet Theater in Wilkes Feb. 22

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Article Published: Feb. 7, 2013 | Modified: Feb. 23, 2013
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater in Wilkes Feb. 22

The world-famous ‘Popovich Comedy Pet Theater’ is coming to the Walker Center in Wilkesboro Feb. 22.

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The Walker Center, on the campus of Wilkes Community College, will present the world-famous “Popovich Comedy Pet Theater” on Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

This special production, a perennial favorite at performing arts centers across the country, features Gregory Popovich and his cast of jugglers, clowns, 15 house cats, 10 dogs, four geese, eight white doves and two parrots.

The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Popovich and the extraordinary talents of his performing pets, who show off on stage with a variety of stunts and skits.

According to event organizers, “Audiences will be delighted to see this extravaganza of European-style clowning, amazing juggling and balancing acts and, of course, very talented performing pets.”

Popovich and his pets have been featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman” and as a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”He appeared with his animals in an Animal Planet special, titled “Animals Are People Too,” where he is shown rescuing animals and working with them. Feature stories on Popovich and company have appeared in People, The New Yorker and USA Today.

“‘Popovich Comedy Pet Theater’ is entertaining, as well as educational,” said Kathy Gray, the Walker Center’s director of events and hospitality services. “Gregory Popovich, personally and professionally, strives to educate people that all animals are unique and special, and that people have a great responsibility to their pets.

“All of his performing cats and dogs have been rescued from shelters to be given a second chance at life. He also uses his shows to help support animal shelters, sanctuaries and animal welfare organizations. Gregory strongly supports and promotes adopting pets from animal shelters and the practice to spay or neuter all pets. He aims to teach people that one caring person can make a huge difference to the animal world.

“We believe that Gregory’s message of hope and responsibility is important for all audiences. And we believe that his show, ‘Popovich Comedy Pet Theater,’ will win the hearts of our Walker Center audience.”

An meal of hotdogs and all the fixings, assorted snacks and drinks will be available from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this performance are available for $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. Guests are invited to enjoy a meal of hot dogs and all the fixings, assorted snacks and drinks from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Lakey Ballroom, preceding the show.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Walker Center box office at (336) 838-6260 or (walker.boxoffice@wilkescc.edu)

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