June 16, 2013 by Rob Hurlbut
Fyre, Dr. Techno and Fox Colton
From now through July Technomania Circus will have a show every Saturday night at 8. I’ve been to over 20 shows over the course of four years so you can trust me when I say that it is the best show in San Diego. Usually, we all have to wait for a month between shows so their weekly schedule this summer is a welcome surprise indeed.
So, what is Technomania Circus, what are Technomaniacs and who is Dr. Techno? The latter two are performers in the show and the founder of the circus, respectively. To say or explain what Technomania Circus itself is takes a little more depth. It’s a noun in the most conventional sense; it is people, it is a place and it is a thing. Every show is different but there will usually be some music, blacklight theater, comedy, dancing and sometimes Springer the Wonder Dog will make an appearance. There is usually a theme to each show and on this particular night it was puppetry. There were also a few songs performed. Above we can see Fyre, Dr. Techno and Fox Colton doing one of the things they do best.
Bass Player Michael Loyd
As I mentioned earlier, music is a big part of any Technomania Circus show, no matter what the theme. Most of the skits are set to music and the house band warms up the crowd before the show. Michael Loyd, pictured above is the 5 string bass player in the band.
Shadow Puppet Theater
A puppetry theme at Technomania Circus will mean much more than ordinary sock puppets talking to each other. Oh no, this show had a few shadow puppet stories, some blacklight marionettes and couple ventriloquist type performing animals that included an owl singing, “Who Are You?” by the Who.
Sexual Education Rabbit
This rabbit explained to us how most of us are probably very under-sexed. I couldn’t agree more!
Blacklight Cat and Mouse Skeletons
I think what makes the shows so fun is that they are all original and very clever. The blacklight scene above was part of a skit where a skeleton cat was stalking a skeleton mouse as it was eating a piece of cheese. The mouse wasn’t scared because, as he explained to the cat, if he was captured and eaten he would just escape through the cat’s ribcage. Funny!
Dr. Techno and Valerie Power
Dr. Techno and Valerie Power are two of the main driving forces behind Technomania Circus. Dr. Techno is the guy that usually warms up the crowd before the show and directs the final bow at the end.
Dr. Techno, Valerie Power, Fyre, Michael Loyd And Bryan
At the end of this particular show, the cast bowed for the audience in more directions than you would see at any other show in San Diego. As the curtain was about to fall, we were reminded that next Saturday they will be performing an all original musical by Fox Colton titled, “Meet Me In Indy.” It should be a great time and I hope to see a packed house for the show.
Above, Dr. Techno, Valerie Power, Fyre, Michael Loyd and Bryan (The drummer) say their goodnights. One thing I didn’t have the presence of mind to ask when I met her was how Fyre got her name. I have a feeling that the answer will be an entire blog post on its own! Below is a video and photo montage taken at the show. Cheers!
Video From Technomania Circus Puppet Show