This week’s best theater events include a grand NYE soiree, the Prescott Circus Fundraiser and Shen Yun’s 2012 spectacular.

This Saturday, be among the first to experience the first annual NYE Soiree at the Palace of Fine Arts. The landmark venue’s blow-out celebration will include live comedy, dancing and a midnight champagne toast.

On Monday January 2, take advantage of that extra day off with some local comedic acrobats and clown buffoonery. The award-winning comedians in the Picklewater Clown Cabaret will perform two shows at Stage Werx 466,  as a special fundraiser for their good friends at the Prescott Circus.

The beloved dance troupe, Shen Yun‘s 2012 show premiers this Tuesday January 3, at the War Memorial Opera House. The fantastical, classic Chinese dances are as fun to watch for their wonderful choreography as they are for their colorful costumes.