Walter Beals discovered juggling back in the early nineties when he was living and working in a National Park. What started out by picking up three pieces of granite behind Camp 6 in Yosemite Valley (and teaching himself to juggle) would eventually lead him to become a successful performer in various locations across the US and Europe.
Walter was awarded a Bachelor of Arts AND a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Production from Humboldt State University in 2002 and 2004. There, he trained in mask making and special effects makeup under Janet Warren. He also trained in physical theatre and directing under Jyl Hewston.
As part of his MA from Humboldt State University, he created his own study abroad program and was able to spend a year attending “Circomedia,” a physical theatre and circus arts school in Bristol, England. There, he trained in physical theatre and performing under the school’s director, Ben Mason. He also trained in juggling under Rod Laver and Sean Gandini. With Bim Mason being a past student of Jacques LeCoq, Walter trained in the LeCoq system of physical theatre and became a big fan of Larval Mask use as well.
Too long is the list of performances he’s been part of over the last 20 some years, but since he’s moved to Asheville, NC, he’s been a part of several noteworthy productions and projects. Walter has worked as a performer and director on several productions of the “Runaway Circus” and the winter circus shows of “The Loose Caboose.”
Along with his side-kick, Sophia (the burlesque circus dog!), Walter has been an MC for “Bootstraps Burlesque,” appearing for a year as a “Professor Darius Diurtee.”
In addition, he has been involved in Asheville Vaudeville for several years as a producer and performer.
Walter is probably best known as R2D10 of the four-person comedy/juggling troupe, “Forty Fingers and a Missing Tooth.” He’s been juggling and performing with that troupe for almost 10 years now. When Walter is not performing on stage, he can be found in the basement of his awesome little house in Swannanoa. There, you can find him designing and building masks, creating props for some upcoming show, or sometimes even teaching a class or two in mask making and special effects makeup. On thing’s for sure, he’s always busy.
Walter Beals is the founder of “The Humboldt Juggling Festival,” which began in the year 2001. He is now known as our “HJF Grand Daddy.”
Chris was recently attacked by 3 guys in San Jose & JUST had surgery
for his face & jaw last week. He will likely have shoulder surgery
very soon as well. We will be collecting funds to help with his
medical bills throughout the HJF weekend (passing the hat at
the intermission of our Big Public Show & auctioning off LIVE ART to
contribute to his medical bills on Sunday in HSU’s West Gym). We
encourage everyone to give generously (both in applause & dollars).
You can also contribute by going directly to his medical fundraising
However, as a natural
redhead, Curt’s path was altered by his delicate complexion and
coke-bottle glasses. Throughout his early years, Curt learned to
survive the schoolyard with a quick wit and charming personality.
These traits were a constant as his family moved across the country,
as his father was transferred from port to port. As he grew older,
Curt discovered the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and was
immediately taken by the TV personality’s presence and kindness on the
Jennifer Deacon has been dancing and performing since the age of 2 years old. She has years of background in ballet, jazz, modern, tumbling, yoga, contortion and aerial fabric. She has taught yoga, tumbling, and contortion to people of all ages. Currently, she is Head Aerial Teacher at “California Dance Company.” She has performed locally for private events, parties, and festivals… including being an ongoing performer with “Redding Fire Festival.” Because she thinks “Humboldt Juggling Festival” is “really fun and totally awesome,” she is returning to perform in 2016.
(a.k.a. “Holly Blar”) of the “Blar Family” has been an enthusiastic slave
to the circus arts since the age of fourteen when she learned to juggle.
Since then she has performed at the International Juggling Association
Festival and was given the “Flamingo Award” for the most inspirational
young female juggler. She has travelled to several countries, including:
as a part of the “Practavistas” study abroad program in the Dominican
Republic in 2013, and most recently to Ireland for the European Juggling
Convention in 2014 and to Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where
she performed as a part of the Freedom Family Circus. Her motto is: “The
Weirdness Shall Continue Until Morale Improves -and then it will continue
anyway.” She prides herself on doing the most authentic impersonation of
“free bird” that Humboldt County has ever seen - done as a scarlet macaw.
In 2003, she graduated from Humboldt State and the “Humboldt! Circus!”
with a degree in Environmental Science. She is currently learning to be a
cowgirl for a musical near her hometown of Murphys. Holly is thrilled to
be back onstage at her favorite juggling festival. Yeehaw!
Many people may remember being asked this
very serious question when they were children: "What do you want to be
when you grow up?" Sara's answer was always, "An artist." No questions
about it. The real question was, how? About six years ago, Sara realized
that she loved to make clothing. She began sewing and selling one of a
kind street and festival wear under the name, "Electric Moth Apparel."
Not long after that, Sara began to juggle and attended her first
juggling festival, The Humboldt Juggling Festival!
Asha & Ericat
A variety of
acts to amaze, creative play becomes a craze.