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The Zoppé Circus makes its return to Winter Park Resort! - by Sarah Ryan

The Zopp Family Circus welcomes guests into the intimate 500 seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus is propelled by a central story (as opposed to individual acts) that feature acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, cainine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Giovanni Zopp, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than what passes for circuses these days. "We try to touch every emotion during the show," he says. "They'll laugh, they'll cry, and they'll feel for the characters. It's more of an event than a show." Giovanni credits his family with helping to maintain the grand traditions. He is especially grateful to his father, who at 82 years old, still manages to wow the crowd every time he steps into the ring. "He's the star of the show," Giovanni says. "He's the one that will capture you. He's just an amazing performer. I'm very proud to see him in the ring and performing." Come experience the history of Zopp - An Italian Family Circus!

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