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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Nov. 8, 2012

Cirque Mechanics’ ‘Birdhouse Factory’ coming to Northwest Nov. 19

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Ticket information

  • Adult orchestra: $25
  • Adult balcony: $23
  • Student orchestra (12 & under): $15
  • Student balcony ($12 & under): $13
  • Northwest students: Free

*Purchase one adult ticket between Monday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 14, and receive half off one child’s ticket.

How to purchase tickets

  • Call 660.562.1212
  • Online
  • In person between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building.

High-flying, mindboggling talent takes the stage and a woeful widget factory becomes a frolicsome funhouse Monday, Nov. 19, as Northwest Missouri State University’s Encore performance series continues with Cirque Mechanics’ “Birdhouse Factory.”

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts and is sponsored by Northwest’s Office of Campus Activities and the Student Activities Council. Adult tickets start at $23, and children ages 12 and under begin at $13. Purchase one adult ticket between Monday, Nov. 12, and Wednesday, Nov. 14, and receive half off one child’s ticket.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 660.562.1212, online or in person between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Student Services Center, located on the first floor of the Administration Building.

“Birdhouse Factory” has wowed audiences worldwide from a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run and a U.S. tour to a highly successful European tour and performances in Dubai and Hong Kong.

Northwest Director of Campus Activities Angel McAdams Prescott said the production is unlike anything the University has offered previously, and it will appeal to audience members of all ages.

“The Encore series strives to bring the same quality and magnitude of shows that our big city neighbors bring to their communities but at a fraction of the cost,” McAdams Prescott said. “This show is especially exciting for our community members because of the discounted tickets we are offering to families. Bringing your child to an arts experience, like Cirque Mechanics, will expose them to a whole new world. In my opinion, this is one of the best gifts we could offer our children.”

Created and directed by Chris Lashua, the originator of the German Wheel act in Cirque du Soleil’s “Quidam,” and featuring veterans of the Pickle Family and Moscow Circuses, “Birdhouse Factory” uses a decidedly fresh aesthetic that Spectacle Magazine hailed as “The most important contribution to the American Circus since Cirque du Soleil.” 

Assembly workers become ecstatic with aerial ambition, crane operators twist and transmute into strange and silly shapes, and gravity-defying mechanics ignite endless “oohs” and “aahs” when unexpected inspiration flies into their world. Much more than just cogs in a wheel, the powerful performers in this off-the-wall production exact a seamless blend of physical prowess and colorful creativity in their 90-minute production.

“Birdhouse Factory” was inspired in part by the masterful industry murals of Mexican artist Diego Rivera, the outrageous illustrations of cartoonist Rube Goldberg and the slap-stick style humor of Charlie Chaplin’s film “Modern Times.”

“Birdhouse Factory” creator and director Chris Lashua is hailed worldwide for his daring and inventive expertise with the German Wheel, which has been featured on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” and the Academy Awards. Lashua’s obsession with wheels began over 20 years ago when he achieved success as a professional freestyle bicyclist in the early ‘80s. Shortly afterward, he joined Cirque du Soleil, where he performed for several years. After close collaboration with friends and former colleagues to develop what they’d consider to be the ultimate cirque show, “Birdhouse Factory” was born.

For more information about “Birdhouse Factory,” visit www.cirquemechanics.com.  


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468