The Mud Bay Jugglers Celebrate their 35th Anniversary with a Benefit Show

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For their 25th anniversary show in 2005, the Mud Bay Jugglers include (from left) Larry Levine, Alan Fitzthum, and Doug Martin (left to right). Photo credit: Jason Hunter.


Submitted by the Olympia Family Theater and Mud Bay Jugglers


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For their 25th anniversary show in 2005, the Mud Bay Jugglers included (from left) Larry Levine, Alan Fitzthum, and Doug Martin (left to right). Photo credit: Jason Hunter.

Celebrate 35 years with the Mud Bay Jugglers! On November 14th at 7:00 pm the internationally acclaimed Mud Bay Jugglers will present their 35th anniversary show at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. “Thirty-five years is a big milestone for us, a milestone we would like to share with our community, friends and family here in our hometown,” says Doug Martin co-founder of the collaborative performing arts company. “Most of the time we are on the road from Alberta to Ohio and everywhere in between, but our anniversary show is for Olympia.”

This special show promises exceptional juggling, music, physical comedy and a touch of sentiment. “Our show is definitely for all ages, no need to be a child or have a child with you to enjoy it, we all bring our inner child with us,” says Alan Fitzthum, second longest standing member of the company. “I can’t believe that it’s been 35 years, it just proves the old adage that time flies when you’re having fun.”

“What really excites me about this production is that we are coming together in collaboration with others both onstage and off, ” says Doug. “My son, Amiel, will be joining us on stage with his two juggling partners, Jules and River. They will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary as the Juggling Jollies. Also joining us will be the Tune Stranglers blending music with action to create a visual and sound collage pleasing and entertaining at every beat.”

Thirty-five years ago, two bearded young friends began experimenting with gravity. These unabashed and exuberant risk takers were soon entertaining and amazing audiences. Their joy and humor compelled another to join, and the collaboration expanded. Taking their name from Olympia’s magical Mud Bay, they traveled the continent, performing thousands of shows at festivals, colleges, and theaters. They developed a unique performance style that combined impossible looking juggling with precise choreography, physical comedy, and theatrical flourishes.

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Harry Levine (left), Alan Fitzthum (center), and Doug Martin (right) juggle fire during the finale of The Mud Bay Jugglers’ 30th Anniversary show in 2010. Photo courtesy: Mud Bay Jugglers.

Like fine wine (and facial hair) their show has grown richer and fuller over the years. The beneficiary organization for this event is Olympia Family Theater, a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 that engages audiences of all ages in performances and programs that entertain and educate. Olympia Family Theater is your community partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Their educational programs provide opportunities for personal development for young people, teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts.

The last Mud Bay Jugglers show in Olympia was five years ago and was a benefit for Encore Arts. “That show pretty much sold out and we were happy that we could raise some funds for Encore Arts and have great fun at the same time!” says Doug. Do reserve your tickets soon for the best seats!

The performance will take place Saturday November 14 at 7:00 p.m. at The Washington Center, located at 512 Washington St SE, Olympia.  The Lobby opens at 6:00 p.m.
Advance ticket purchase is recommended and can be made online or by phone with Visa, MasterCard or American Express. Tickets are available 24 hours online at or at The Washington Center box office. The Washington Center Box Office is open Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and two hours before any ticketed event.

  • Single Adult Tickets: $25.00
  • Senior/Student/Military: $16.00
  • Youth (Under 12): $13.00
  • Groups of 20+ get 20% discount
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