The Amazing Gnip Gnop Circus

tech specs

    The Amazing Gnip Gnop Circus is a 30-minute glow-in-the-dark circus of ping pong balls.  The show travels in a van with two performers who will also load-in and set up.  The performers begin in front of the booth singing a song, then travel behind and into the booth for the show, returning out front at the end.

    Set-up can be accomplished in most venues within an hour. Gnip Gnop Circus is designed to be flexible, and can be performed on a proscenium or thrust stage, or black box.

 SET:    The set includes one 4’ x 4’ x 8’ tall puppet booth (downstage center).  The minimal playing area is 12’ x 12.’

LIGHTS:    Gnip Gnop Circus requires only a general lighting wash downstage covering 8-10’ from the front apron.  Special Lighting (blacklight) travels with the show and is attached to the booth and controlled by puppeteers.  There is one blackout cue in the beginning of the show (after the intro song) and lights up again at the end.

SOUND:    GnipGnop Circus uses two wireless headset mics (XLR) that travel with the show, and a wireless pickup for ukulele during the intro and conclusion of the show.  We may also bring an iPod with pre-show and post-show music to be operated from the sound booth.   the intro and conclusion of the show.

HOSPITALITY:  The Company requests the following to be backstage in between events on days in which more than one activity has been scheduled (times will be advanced by Tour Manager):

  • Filtered water

  • Fruit tray (e.g. grapes, apples, oranges)

  • Vegetarian snack tray (e.g. pita bread, hummus, carrots)


  • Depth: 12’ (back wall to lip of stage)

  • Width – 12’ at proscenium

  • Height – 8’ mandatory

DRESSING ROOMS:  At least one dressing room with adequate heating and cooling, hot water and toilets separate from public must be provided.

PARKING:  Parking for one van is required.

FRONT OF HOUSE:  Late seating is allowed.  We will require a minimum of 2’ x 5’ x 8’ tall to set up our Merchandise booth.

SAMPLE WORK SCHEDULE:  Production requires exclusive use of Theater for duration of load-in and performance.

Below is typical for a small to mid-sized theater space.  Outdoor or unusual space can also be accommodated.

The schedule below is a sample assuming performances at 1:00 and 5:00 pm.  Your schedule may vary, and will be forwarded by our Tour Manager.

4:00 pm:     Call, warm up

4:30 pm:      Puppeteer call onstage, house opens

5:00 pm:      Presenter introduction, show begins

5:45 pm:       Show ends, Company returns for Q&A with                                        audience, greet children.

6:00 pm:      Clean up and pack props

6:30 pm:      Company load out, departs

11:00 am:    Company arrives, load-in and set up

12:00 pm:   Sound check, warm-up

12:30 pm:   Puppeteer call onstage, house opens

1:00 pm:     Presenter introduction, show begins

1:45 pm:      Show ends, Company returns for Q&A with                                        audience, greet children.

2:00 pm:     Clean up and re-set props

2:30 pm:     Company lunch and break