It is that time of year again, Ringling is planning their Clown College Auditions and announced the dates for two auditions in 2015:
Saturday, July 18, 2015
10:00am – Noon
During the Worldwide Circus Summit
The Eastern States Exposition Center “The Big E”
1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield, MA 01089
Note: Auditions will take place in the Big E’s Better Living Center Audition entrance will be located at Gate #2
Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
10am to 1:30pm
American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
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.