Summer is right around the corner and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is planning to kick off the season with a bang, stomp and jump! Jump City is part of this year’s free summer entertainment and promises to bring even more action and excitement to the beach. And what could be more exciting than a supercharged 30-minute show featuring live urban percussion, hip-hop dance, and street-smart acrobatics? Oh, just the fact that the show is performed on a stage set on the sandy strip of beach between the famous seaside amusement park and the scenic Monterey Bay.
Every summer, in addition to free Friday night concerts and Wednesday movies on the beach, the Boardwalk presents a live entertainment show for the whole family. Previous years’ acts include Cirque Polynesian, which wowed the crowd with dancers, drummers, acrobats and contortionists on the beach bandstand. Also mesmerizing was last year’s Emperor’s Imperial Circus which featured Chinese acrobats, Shaolin Monk martial artists, and the traditional Lion Dance.
Jump City is produced by the award-winning Mirage Entertainment, the leading creative entity in Live Shows and Attractions. When asked what considerations are taken in choosing each summer’s entertainment, Brigid Fuller, Communications Manager at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, responded, “We choose a show that is entertaining for all age groups, dramatic enough to stand out from the busy sights and sounds of the Boardwalk, and can fit the format of our beach stage. Performers have to deal with issues such as size of stage, sometimes wind or wind gusts, sand, and daytime – so no dramatic lighting. For delicate balancing acts, performing on the beach can be a challenge!”
If you’re looking for free, seaside, family entertainment as thrilling as a ride on the Giant Dipper, look no further than the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Saturday, May 18, will kick off the summer season with a preview of Jump City and a concert by returning favorites, the Gin Blossoms. After that, Jump City runs July 7 through August 15 with two free shows a day. There’s always something fun happening at the Boardwalk, so mark your calendars!
Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk