Montage: The technique of producing a new composite whole from fragments of pictures, text, or music.

Six amazing artists share with you their incredible skills, hopes, fears, and dreams.

It’s a landscape filled with powerful, athletic storytelling expressing the strength and the
vulnerability of humanity, along with humour and joy.

Let us tell you a story, or two.

Annie Dugan – Director
Gianna Vacirca – Choreographer
Jonathan Hawley Purvis – Fight Direction
Vince Burwash – LightingDesigner
Michael King – Acrobatic Rigger
Patton Wei – Stage Manager

Max Hanic
Jonathan Hawley Purvis
Eliza Lance
Gillian Moon
Sarah Visser
Samara Von Rad

The Great Great Spiegel Spectacular

The Great Great Spiegel Story

Welcome to the Spiegeltent
Welcome to the show.
Welcome to the Cristal Palace
Sit down here we go!

Step into the timeless, evocative, eclectic world inside YEG’s first Spiegeltent- the Cristal Palace. Let us entertain you, let us make you smile. We have a Spiegel Garden – come in and stay a while!
You will be entertained by the Spiegel House Troupe, a homegrown group of veteran cabaret and circus all-stars, who have been collected to share their unique talents with all who enter the Cristal Palace. Aerial artists swirling overhead, comedians, burlesque dancers, contortionists, a magician and more will astound and amaze. Led by the charismatic EmCee Johnny Marvel (John Ullyatt) and the infectious rhythm of the Spiegel House Band, Le Fuzz, we invite you to delve into our cabaret of curiosities, our cabinet of oddities, our cornucopia of stories and song. Join us, won’t you?

Creative Team

Director: Annie Dugan
Musical Director: Jason Kodie
Lighting Designer: Vince Burwash
Dramaturge: Belinda Cornish
Producer: Fawnda Mithrush
The Spiegel House Troupe
John Ullyatt – Emcee
Sarah Visser – Trapeze
Billy Kidd – Magic
Grindstone Theatre
House of Hush Burlesque
Eliza Lance – Aerial Hoop
Lyne Gosselin & Normand Boulé – Acrobalance
Aytahn Ross – Comedy Juggling
Avery Denington & Jordan Patten – Contortion
Stephanie Gruson – Aerial Silks

The Spiegel House Band – Le Fuzz

Jason Kodie
Frank Besai
Thom Golub
Chris Smith
Dwayne Hrynkiw

Special Events and Galas

Elevate Your Event!

Firefly Theatre and Circus will bring elegance and electricity to your special occasion.  

With over 20 years of entertainment expertise, we can work with you to provide your guests with an unforgettable experience that goes above and beyond expectations!

Show Archive

Marla Huge Ribbon


VIVAREE is a vivacious variety show featuring Acrobats, Jugglers, Comedians, and the YEG Circus Dogs, Berri and Figgy Duff!  With roots as a “Backyard Circus Show” during the pandemic, VIVAREE is mainstage entertainment that the whole family will enjoy! 

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Firefly Theatre takes to the stage with a spectacular circus and magic cabaret about prophecy, fortune and luck.  Super$tition pokes fun at the things we believe will bring us luck – both good and bad – like rabbit’s feet, ladders, and umbrellas indoors.  Don’t miss this show – it’s bad luck!

Inferno Wood of Suicides


An extravagant theatrical acrobatical odyssey. Through hell.
Singing demons! Flying Zombies! A dog so adorable it’s terrifying! Off we go on the ultimate journey through the nine circles of hell, as Firefly plunges into a modern, spectacular retelling of Dante’s epic adventure poem, INFERNO.

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Operation EVAsion

Created and performed by Firefly’s Artistic Director, Annie Dugan, EVAsion is a fusion of narrative, aerial arts, multimedia and tango.  The story is based on the bizarre but factual account of the multiple disappearances of the corpse of Argentina’s First Lady, Eva Peron.

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A collaborative production featuring two YEG award-winning companies. Taiko Drumming and Aerial Circus come together in a very special integration of arts. Featuring new original music from Kita no Taiko with customized choreography by Firefly Theatre & Circus.

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A flamboyantly courageous evening of satire and circus, combining 17th century Versailles, The Hunger Games and the political climate leading up to the 2016 presidential election.  Let’s Make La Cité Great Again!

Zodiac Arrest - 2013

Zodiac Arrest

An evening of circus, magic, theatre and dance.  12 artists representing 4 disciplines pulled pieces of paper out a hat, each with a different astrological sign on it.  Zodiac Arrest was an assortment of death-defying and laughter-inducing entertainment for everyone, regardless of when you were born!

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An Aerial-Theatre-Musical-Spectacle following a Victorian-era doctor who becomes a cartographer of the mind, of a place called “The Craniatrium.”

SkyLife - 2012


SKY LIFE is an imaginary explanation for the mysterious things we see in the night sky. Through a fusion of circus, stilt-walking and theatre, Firefly weaves the classic fable of the Ugly Duckling with a mythical tale about the constellations.


A spectacular fusion of music from around the world and dramatic circus performances, Edmonton’s Le Fuzz and Firefly Theatre & Circus join forces for FUZZFLY, a spellbinding visual and aural performance that takes you around the world and back.

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Duck Duck Bang

A quirky, whimsical story about a man who desperately loves his rubber ducks, his best friend who sells hypo-allergenic pillows through infomercials, and a gang of Evil Pillow Fighting Sorority Girls.  Seriously. Featuring aerialists, dancers, stunts, gadgets, and live music.

Primordial Blues

Love at first sight or the creation of the universe. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics, Firefly Theatre and Circus co-founders John Ullyatt and Annie Dugan weave a story around the beginnings of time, space, gravity, and love.

Firefly Theatre and Circus recognizes that the land where we create and share our stories is located on Treaty 6 territory as well as Region 4 of Métis Nation of Alberta, the traditional territories of the nêhiyawak, Saulteaux, Niisitapi, Nakota Sioux, Dene, Métis, and other peoples.  We recognize that we are part of a collective journey of growth, embracing creation, and working alongside everyone who calls this land home.

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Edmonton, AB
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