Great Great Spiegel Spectacular


In Order of Appearance

John Ullyatt Master of Ceremonies

John is a co-founder of Firefly Theatre & Circus.  He is an actor who can quite often been seen on the Citadel Theatre stage.  He has worked in many theatres extensively across the country in his 35 year + career.  He is also a notable street artist whose works include The 21st Century Gargoyles, Crosswalk Theatre, and The Human Fountain.

He can be seen next as Orvin (The Dentist) in Little Shop of Horrors at the Arts Club in Vancouver as well as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Citadel at Christmas time.

John also works in outreach for Butterfly Wings ‘N’ Wishes, bringing creepy crawly creatures to adventurous youngsters.

Sarah Visser - Aerialist

Sarah Visser, aka, Sarah The Aerialist is a circus artist from Edmonton, Alberta. Sarah studied circus for 3 years at École de cirque de Québec from 2017-2020 and then continued her professional training in Montreal with World famous swinging trapeze coach, Victor Fomine the following year. She has performed dance trapeze while swinging, splashing and flipping above and into a pool of water for Milord Entertainment as well as performed contortion and acrobatics thought out crowds at events with Firefly Circus and Theater. She has performed multiple disciplines such as dance trapeze, swinging trapeze, fixed trapeze, aerial silks, fire manipulation, contortion, trampoline and acrobatics though out Canada and in the United States. Sarah created, ran, directed and coached a circus program for kids in Edmonton, AB. She is dynamic, driven, and passionate and is excited to share her art and bright energy with audiences around the world.

Billy Kidd - Magician

Billy Kidd is a magician from Bath, England. Her magic has taken her across the globe and
hopefully one day outer space. She was host of Discovery Channel’s Breaking Magic series, a
wizard on Syfy’s Wizard Wars with Penn & Teller, has appeared shows such as CW’s Masters of Illusion, BBC’s Now you See it, and Royal institution Series, ITV’s Game of Talents & Next Great Magician, Ch 5’s When Magic Goes Wrong doc, and CBC’s Science of Magic. Billy Kidd’s magic has also been used to develop adverts with Samsung, O2, and VietjetAir in Asia. Most recently she was the magic consultant on HBO’s The Baby. In 2021 she received the Allan Slaight Award for International Rising Star. Billy also runs the weekly Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre in the UK. When not performing she educates people on the Nose-Flute and trains numerous monkeys.

Charlie the Psychic Monkey

Charlie is a real monkey that has performed across the globe demonstrating his psychic feats. Charlie was last seen in Quebec in 2021 performing at the Centre des Congres. Other psychic credits include, the Palladium in Seattle, The Magic Castle in Hollywood, Liberty Magic Theatre in Pittsburgh, and Krowd Keepers Magic Theatre in Bath, United Kingdom. This is his 4th performance working with Firefly Theatre. Charlie likes eating bananas and reading minds, and would like to thank Billy Kidd for being the kindest magician he has ever worked with.

Grindstone Theatre - Improvisers

The 11 O’clock Number is Grindstone’s award winning improvised musical comedy! Based on suggestions from the audience, the highly talented cast will improvise a brand-new musical comedy right before your eyes. Complete with twisting plots, show-stopping numbers, and a near-perfect narrative, the award-winning, fan-favourite 11 O’Clock Number will have you singing and dancing your way out of the theatre. You have to see it to believe it!

House of Hush - Burlesque

LeTabby Lexington and Violette Coquette are internationally-featured burlesque artists who have entertained audiences in New York, Nashville, Las Vegas, Stockholm, London and more!

The fan dance duet in this show is an ode to famous showgirl duos, combining Violette’s proclivity for elegance, and LeTabby’s training as a clown. They are the co-founders of House of Hush Burlesque, a burlesque collective that aims to create magical shared experiences between audience and performer to dream, delight, and escape. Catch House of Hush for “Burlesque Follies” at 11pm in the Spiegeltent during KDays, and at Edmonton Fringe this
summer – learn more at

Eliza Lance - Aerial Hoop Contortionist

Raised in the small town of Aylmer, Québec , Eliza started her dance training at the age of 6. Through dance, she embraced a variety of art forms and discovered a strong affinity for circus. In 2010, at the age of 12 she auditioned for the National Circus School in Montreal and was accepted into their high school program. After 7 years, she completed both her high school diploma and her studies in the DEC (Diplôme d’Études Collégiale) program, graduating as a specialist in Aerial Hoop and Contortion. During her time at school , Eliza focused on emphasizing the relationship between the performer and audience. Having performed on big and small stages , she finds it important to connect with each audience member to share an individual and more personal experience with them.

Drag Revue

Edmonton boasts a drag scene filled with talent, beauty, and variety, and we are thrilled to be presenting some of our finest as part of the Spiegel Spectacular. From the sizzling hot duet of El Rey del Sol and Gabe Autumn on Night One to the legendary Lilith Fair that closes the fair on Night Ten, we are bringing you choreo, costumes, comedy, and colour. Spice up your life with
some Pepper, take a shot of Tequila, and so much more over the ten nights of drag acts as part of this Cristal Palace Experience – learn about the individual acts by visiting @kdayspride on IG.

Avery Dennington - Contortionist

Born in Edmonton, Avery has a background rooted in contortion, acro, and dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern. Currently, she performs with Firefly Circus Company as a contortionist. She teaches acro and is passionate about sharing her love of the art form with all her students. Alongside teaching, she is currently pursuing a degree in kinesiology at the University of Alberta. When she’s not performing she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

Thank you to my teacher and mentor Allison San Martin-Feeney for introducing me to this world <3

Jordan Patten – Contortionist

Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta Jordan participated in recreational dance and
gymnastics classes, until she saw aerials and contortion on television and instantly fell
in love. She started training at Firefly Circus Academy at 12 years old and continues to
train and perform at Firefly Theater and Circus. She has led Firefly’s circus workshops
at festivals, as well as performed silks, acro, and doubles trapeze for various Firefly
events. A highlight being performing silks, contortion and hoop for multiple Firefly Let
There be Height showcases. She coached aerials at Firefly Circus Academy between
2019 and 2022 before moving to coach with Sapphire Circus Arts. She is thrilled to be
making her K days debut in the Spiegeltent!

Stephanie Gruson - Aerialist

Stephanie is a core company member and has worked with Firefly since 2013. A versatile aerialist, Stephanie has performed on the aerial silks, trapeze, cube, and aerial kite. She has appeared at festivals, events, theatrical productions and more, the highlight being to perform on silks along with Canadian artist Sarah McLachlan on the piano at the Canada 150 celebration at Roger’s Place. Stephanie has performed in Firefly Theatre’s stage productions of Panache (2016), Kolabo (2018), Circus Scenes from a Pandemic (2021) , Vivaree (2021) and the Alberta Circus Arts Festival (2023). Stephanie has trained in the air for more than 15 years, in Canada as well as at numerous circus festivals in the US and Europe. Born and raised in Edmonton, Stephanie is a passionate ambassador for the city as well as the growth of arts and culture within it.

Le Fuzz - Spiegel House Band

Le Fuzz is an original band from Edmonton that is unique with their fusion of languages, instruments, skill and diversity. Their music is an infectious blend of language and rhythm, the result of 20+ years of gigs and journeys.

They have been longtime collaborators with Firefly Theatre and Circus and are delighted to reunite with them again for the Great Great Speigeltent Show!

Le Fuzz Has recorded two full length albums with Scott Franchuk ( and are working towards a 3rd release. The members of the band include Frank Bessai (violin), Thom Golub (electric and upright bass), Dwayne Hrynkiw (drums/percussion), Jason Kodie (accordion/piano), and Chris Smith (guitars).

Lyne Gosselin and Norman Boule

Lyne Gosselin has over 30 years of experience in the athletic world of circus: from trampoline to handstands to aerials. She is excited to perform alongside her husband in the Cristal Palace. Together they have taken part in a variety of Firefly theatre productions and special events since 2010.  Entertaining guests under the Spiegel tent will be an unforgettable experience. 

The Great Balanzo

The Great Balanzo has been seen live by over one million people in 13 countries around the world. He’s had repeat invitations to Just for Laughs, sold-out shows at the National Arts Centre and John Cleese from Monty Python once said ‘Hello’ to him.

The Great Balanzo is Aytahn Ross – a circus artist known for his silly elegance and irreverence. As a child, he learned to juggle to keep himself warm in a cold city called Winnipeg. After returning to his birthplace of Montreal, he made a name for himself in
the circus industry for his staunch refusal to wear face make-up or tights.

After 25 years in the arts, Ross knows no other way of life. When not on stage, he spends his time at a cabin in the woods where he hopes to retire and start an animal
rescue or a cult.

Creative Team

Annie Dugan - Director

Annie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Alberta’s award-winning Firefly Theatre & Circus, a company dedicated to merging the spectacle of circus arts with an accessible theatrical narrative. Firefly’s shows have been produced in theatres, on walls and rooftops, in the middle of the street, and now in Spiegeltents! Annie is the founder and Executive Producer of the Alberta Circus Arts Festival.  She has received the Mayor’s Award for Innovative Artistic Direction, a Canada 150 Award, and was featured as a Global TV’s Woman of Vision.

Belinda Cornish - Dramaturg

Belinda is an actor, playwright and director, who has appeared with many Edmonton theatre companies, as well as voicing a number of characters in the Bioware video game series Mass Effect and Dragon Age. She is the author of several award-winning plays, including Category E, whose publication followed its Toronto production in 2018. Her play The Garneau Block, adapted from Todd Babiak’s Giller Award-nominated novel of the same name, was produced by the Citadel Theatre in 2021. For Firefly Theatre and Circus, she co-wrote Inferno. She is the recipient of four Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards, and an AMPIA, as well as Canadian Comedy Award and Canadian Screen Award nominations. Belinda is the founder of critically acclaimed independent theatre company, Bright Young Things, and has been co-Artistic Director of Teatro Live! since 2020.

Vince Burwash - Lighting Designer

Vince is the owner and lead designer at Keylite Design Inc., an Alberta based lighting design firm specializing in live music, theatrical performance and corporate galas. Vince is currently the designer and lighting director for Firefly Theatre and has spent years touring with Canadian acts Gord Bamford, James Barker Band and Paul Brandt. Recent credits include The Art of Banksy Exhibit and the 2022 Papal visit. Vince live in St Albert, Alberta with his wife Terri.

Madison Henry - Production Coordinator

Maddy (she/her) is grateful to be spending her first summer in Edmonton with this wonderful group of artists under the Spiegeltent. She spends her regular theatre season stage managing productions across the country. Thanks to Annie, John and the Firefly Team, Matt, Dario and the Tent Team, and Fawnda and the KDays Team for having her on board.


Mike Brazeau

Mike Brazeau is a live sound engineer, and also an instructor at MacEwan University teaching Live Sound. Since starting his professional career at the legendary Sidetrack Cafe in 1996, he has worked with many bands and artists. The Dungarees, The Prairie States, Millenia, Robin Kelly, King of Foxes and Electric Religious are a few of the artists he’s worked with. Mike has also worked as a live sound engineer on many Alberta festivals, including the Edmonton Folk Fest, Bear Creek Folk Music Festival, Kaleidofest, and the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village Music Fest. In what little spare time he has, you can find him on stage playing bass with his band The Nervous Flirts, and backing up country artist, Travis Dolter.

Nicole O'Brien

Nicole is a theatre technician based in Edmonton, receiving her diploma in Theatre Production at MacEwan University in 2016. She has travelled to Whitehorse and back growing her strength, skills and humor. Since then, she has worked in various venues as an Audio technician, lighting operator, carpenter, music stage manager, stagehand and technical director (to name a few). With Passion, comes Purpose.

Kai Yakichuk - Technician

Kai is an aspiring theatre technician based in Treaty 6 Territory. He just completed his BFA in Technical Theatre Production at the U of A. Previous selected credits include: Technical
Director – The Circle (Bleviss Laboratory Theatre), Lighting + Sound Mentor (U of A – New Works Festival), Lighting Designer – “Like Yesterday”. Now after graduating, Kai hopes to
expand his knowledge of lighting both technically and design wise. He also hopes to work as a lighting technician in multiple different facets in the near future. Enjoy the show!

Spiegeltent “Eh” Team

The Spiegeltent "Eh" Team

Peter, Matt, Dario and Michael have been working together in the Spiegeltent business since time began. Much like the Cristal Palace they are ageless. When they aren’t traveling the world together as Spiegeltent ambassadors they live together in a small cabin in the Sonian Forest outside of Brussels. In the wintertime, the cabin is warmed by a small wood burning stove, Brussels sprouts gasses, and their passion for Spiegeltents. The Cristal Palace Spiegeltent traveling dance hall venue has been home to countless experiences including: circuses, plays, puppet shows, beer festivals, wine festivals, memorial services, weddings, b-boy battles, drag brunches, Gospel sing-alongs, burlesque shows, and tea parties. Peter, Matt, Dario and Michael can think of nowhere else they’d rather be than at K-Days as Edmonton welcomes its first ever Spiegeltent! To find out more about their wooded oasis and Spiegeltents visit

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