ZESTFEST: A New Vaudeville Festival

26-30 December
Location: Seacoast Science Center
Odiorne State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd, Rye NH

Pontine Theatre presents a host of New Vaudeville performers at its Annual ZESTFEST New Vaudeville Festival.  Each show features a different exciting performer.  Performances are 2pm, at Seacoast Science Center, located at Odiorne State Park, 570 Ocean Blvd in Rye NH.  ZESTFEST features family-friendly shows sure to delight audiences of all ages with magic, mirth, and mayhem. This year’s performers include  Steve Corning (27 Dec), BJ Hickman (26 & 28 Dec), John & Rebecca Higby’s The YoYo Show (29 Dec), and Bryson Lang (30 Dec). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at www.pontine.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door a half-hour prior to each show, based on availability.  

Bryson Lang

Bryson Lang is a Comedy-Manipulator. He takes both ordinary and out-of-the-ordinary objects and literally spins them into a visual tapestry. you’ll see: flying sombreros, sharp sickles, huge spinning rings, upside down bounce-juggling, giant beach balls, glo-in-the-dark objects, a tennis racquet and more. The Press of Atlantic City said, “…quick-witted comedy with mind-blowing juggling skills, Bryson Lang's act is a sight to behold!” 

Steve Corning

Steve Corning began performing professionally at age 17 and has since brought his unique brand of variety arts and off-beat comedy to theaters and resorts across the country, and even internationally on Disney Cruise Line. Steve presents a variety show of ultimate proportions, featuring fast-paced juggling routines, mind-blowing escape artistry, comedy magic, contortion, balancing, LED light manipulation, and nearly endless amazing stunts, all mixed with a hearty dose of off-the-cuff comedy.


BJ Hickman entertains family audiences with comedy magic, dazzling deceptions, and mind reading miracles. Hickman’s audience participation magic shows are apopular favorite throughout New England. He also performs at various nation-wide venues including the famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.


John & Rebecca Higby’s YOYO SHOW, brings back that nostalgic toy, the Yo-yo, reminding audiences of old favorite tricks such as Walk the Dog and Rock the Baby, then amazing them with new and bizarre tricks, such as Boingy-Boingy and Iron Whip.  Yo-yos attached to bouncy balls, yo-yos with 10-foot strings, and multiple yo-yos looping while unicycling are just some of his finely tuned feats. High skill and deft timing to swingin' music coupled with high energy and sarcastic humor make the YOYO SHOW a favorite for every age.  As seen on David Letterman, John Higby, holds a Guinness World Record, a Yo-Yo World Champion title, and has performed in over 20 countries.  Suitable for audiences of all ages.

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