The world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater and Russian performer Gregory Popovich return to the Alhambra Theater on April 18 for two performances.

Rescue animals take center stage at the Alhambra Theater with the world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater and Russian performer Gregory Popovich.

Two socially-distanced afternoon performances as part of the Live at the Alhambra Series are slated for April 18 at the Alhambra Theater in this animal-lover act presented by the Pennyroyal Arts Council.

“There’s nothing like live entertainment … to actually be in our beloved theater and hear music or watch someone perform, nothing takes its place,” said Margaret Prim, executive director of the Arts Council. “This show comes at a great time. It’s funny. He works well with the audience. It’s a family show.”

Seen on “The Tonight Show” and “America’s Got Talent,” Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented theatrical circus blend of unique physical comedy, starring the extraordinary talents of Popovich’s rescued performing pets which he has saved from animal shelters across the country, according to a release.

“Gregory Popovich trains rescue animals so he’s a big believer in the humane society and all of our shelters. Plus, he trains cats, which I think is amazing,” Prim said. “He treats them wonderfully. It’s a show for all animal lovers.”

All the performing pets serve as furry ambassadors for animals seeking homes.

“When people see these amazing, healthy animals on stage and decide to adopt an animal from a shelter themselves, my main message has reached the audience,” said Popovich, who grew up backstage from a family of performers with pets frequently being his playmates.

During the live show, audiences will witness acts such as “The Dog Classroom,” “The Amazing House-Cats,” “The Animal Train Station” and other acts that will treat audiences to surprise appearances from trained doves, parrots, goats, and even a miniature horse named Diamond, along with acrobats, mimes and some record-setting juggling by Popovich, according to a release.

Prim said Popovich and the pet theater performed downtown about four years ago.

“It was such a big success the first time,” she said. “People wanted us to bring them back.”

Ticket prices for the April 18 shows are $45 for adults and $25 for children under 14. Live stream tickets can be purchased for $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit pennyroyalarts.org. The show is appropriate for people of all ages. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.

The LIVE at the Historic Alhambra Theatre series made possible by the support of Planters Bank, Rogers Group, Hughart, Beard & Giles Funeral Homes, HWEA, HES, Pennyrile Radiology and Bluegrass Beverage.

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