Archive for May 25, 2014

FreeState Clown Alley #30 visits the Cole Bros Circus

My friends are members of Circus Fans of America and as circus fans, they go to as many circus performances as possible. Sometimes, they will arrange to provide lunch, or freeroll as it is called, for the circus performers between shows.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the FreeState Clown Alley visited the Cole Bros Circus and provided freeroll (lunch) to the people working on the circus. They also had the chance to entertain on the circus midway.

I made a short video of their visit to the circus.

Ringling Clown Auditions 2014 – Hershey, PA

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus held Clown College Auditions on Friday, May 23, 2014 at the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. This was my first opportunity to actually attend one of their auditions.

Auditions began at 10:00am in the morning. The auditions began as a workshop that include a few warm up activities followed by some group improv. Then, everyone who came to audition had an opportunity to perform a 3 to 5 minute routine. Several of the participants displayed their talents with juggling, stilts, and the roller blades. I performed a brief clown skit. The auditions ended with one on one conversations between the applicants and the Ringling staff.

The Patriot-News/ posted a video to YouTube that includes a few brief scenes from Friday’s auditions.

Circus performers and faith

Catholic News Service give a look at how Ringling Bros. performers take a leap of faith for their show and their Catholicism.