ENGLEWOOD — John Lennon’s Mr. Kite might have a splendid time at The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium.
The lyrics for Lennon’s “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite” on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album were entirely inspired by a 19th Century circus poster.
“When we hear that song, that’s what we think of,” said Allison Blei, co-producer and co-writer for the Mr. Swindle’s extravaganzas with her husband, Ivan Espana.
With all the magic, nostalgia and imagination of an old-fashioned tent circus show and more, Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium returns to West Dearborn Street for a third season. Blei promises a new cast of characters and performances in this year’s show.
Salto Entertainment scheduled performances from Jan. 8-19, two shows on weekends, at the Pioneer Plaza, 349 W. Dearborn St. The 370 tickets for the Jan. 8 show are already sold-out, and the Jan. 9 show is nearly sold-out, Blei said Tuesday. Each show is 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.
Those who attended previous shows shouldn’t worry about being bored, she promised, since the acts are always changing.
“Our shows are quite unpredictable,” Blei said, citing how this year’s show includes a couple who shoot crossbows at each other.
Blei and Espana are Englewood residents. Swindle’s performers practice their acts in their back yard, Blei said.
“This year’s cast is filled with absurd characters who will take audiences through a journey of fantasy, frivolity and feast for the senses,” Biel told the Sun.
The performances run Jan. 8-19: 349 W. Dearborn St., Englewood; Jan. 23-Feb. 1: Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota and Feb. 4-9: City Marketplace, 115 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda.
Tickets may be purchased at www.mrswindles.com or by calling 941-445-7309.