Because she’s been taking classes at SPSCC, Trish found out about a show she thought we’d like and had arranged for a birthday eve date to see Nanda. She said it was juggling, martial arts, acrobatics and clowning combined.
I thought, “What the…?! You’re joking me! You’re kidding me! You’re pulling my leg! You’re yanking my chain! You’re flushing my commode! Why haven’t I heard of this? I’m gonna look ’em up.”
She tried to convince me to wait for the surprise, and I did. I put it off until that afternoon but I found their website http://nandatown.com I could hardly wait to see them in person.
We arrived at the Minneart center with plenty of time to get a seat. In fact, it wasn’t nearly as full as their talent deserved. Trish got in for free by showing her student ID. She tried to pay with a check to get us in, but the promoter wouldn’t take our money. He said, “Or… just go in!” With a big smile.
It seemed that he knew we really needed to see this show.
The Mud Bay Jugglers opened for Nanda as a special treat. They put on a fantastic 20 minute set. They stuck with juggling clubs, but they kept my interest with great passing, humor and singing. They are three marvelous bearded juggling geezers with a 29 year history in Olympia. Unfortunately, in my 16 years in Olympia I’ve only seen them a few times and not once since I became a professional clown. I shoulda!
Mud Bay Jugglers (Note the Comedy Central Logo on Harry’s Chef Coat!)
I guess it comes down to the intimidation factor. Am I a peer or a fanboy?
Then Nanda hit the stage. Talk about intimidation! These are four young ninja jugglers! They totally spoke to my Jackie Chan clown heart.