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Zoppe Family Circus

Tickets $ 24 for GA and $34 for reserved.

The Zoppe Italian Family Circus will return to Chandler Sunday through Jan. 2.

Every European and major American city has a circus, Giovanni Zoppe explains. Now Chandler does, too.

"People welcome us greatly in Chandler. They know what we're doing," he said.

On the Zoppe Italian Family Circus website, a large portion of the guestbook entries are from people in Chandler, Zoppe said. The Chandler Center for the Arts also has received waves of correspondence in support of the circus from Valley residents.

"We've received more feedback in terms of e-mails and letters and phone calls than any show we've ever done," MacLennan said.

The circus was founded in 1842, by Napoline Zoppe, a French street performer who came six generations before Giovanni, who revived the circus in America three years ago.

Like any circus, it's a family show with laughter and awe. But unlike your average Barnum and Bailey show, the Zoppe Italian Family Circus is more of a tribute to circuses of yesteryear, or rather, yestercentury.

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