It is that time of year again, Ringling is planning their Clown College Auditions and announced the third and final audition date. They had previously announced they would hold auditions in Dallas Texas on Friday, August 9th and in San Francisco, CA on Friday, August 30th. The date for St. Louis, MO is now said to be Saturday, September 7th, 2013 from 3:30pm – 6:30pm at Circus Harmony At City Museum, on 701 N 15th St., St. Louis, MO 63103.
For full details, see their website.
If you plan to attend, you must register. They have a form you can use on their website.
Here is a little more information from their website…
What do you look for in applicants to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College?
An overactive funny bone and a heart the size of Texas! Also: improvisational ability, a sense of timing, and a sincere desire to be a clown with The Greatest Show On Earth® are necessary characteristics of a potential applicant. Previous professional clowning experience is not required.
What happens when candidates are selected at an audition to continue being evaluated?
They will have an opportunity to see a performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and a more detailed application will be filled out. From there, potentially, another meeting and an intensive training session will be held. The entire process will be reviewed to determine if there’s a mutual fit, and if so, a one year contract could be offered.
Auditionees must be 18 or older and come prepared to show a 3-5 minute routine. This routine should display exaggerated facial expressions and body language, showcase any unique physical skills (juggling, unicycle riding, gymnastics, etc.) and demonstrate an understanding of their comedy, a sense of personality and a true desire to become a member of the world famous, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Clown Alley.
Auditionees should not wear any clown makeup and should not wear any costumes. Loose, comfortable clothing should be worn. It is preferred, but not required, that you bring a headshot and a resume to your audition.