It’s adorable chaos to drop in on Darren Peterson, his six dogs and his one parrot on a recent morning.
Peterson — animal trainer, juggler, unicyclist and performer — tries to hang a red-and-white striped backdrop that’s emblazoned with “Circus Chicken Dog” across the stage at the Institution Theatre, a South Austin warehouse theater where Peterson often performs Saturday morning children’s shows.
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“The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!)”
When: 6 p.m. Friday through Jan. 5
Where: Vortex Theater, 2307 Manor Road
Cost: $10-$30 for adults, $5-$15 for children
Information and tickets: 512-478-5282, www.vortexrep.org
Circus Chicken Dog shows: circuschickendog.net
Though all the dogs perform, Jingles is the veritable star of the show.
Among her tricks is the “rolla bolla” circus act — running through a tube while Peterson “skateboards” on top it on a balance board.
The petite Papillion also has the amazing ability to spin in circles while standing on her hind legs. And she can do a handstand on her front legs while she “surfs.”
See a video of Jingles and her castmates with this story online.