Help wanted: Clown college auditions coming to Chicago

August 8, 2012 (CHICAGO)

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College has announced plans for its first open auditions in Chicago in years.

Auditions are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, at The Joffrey Ballet dance studios at 10 E. Randolph Street.

"We're looking for individuals with an overactive funny bone and a heart the size of Alaska," said David Kiser, Vice President of Talent and Production.

Auditions, according to the circus, are open to any aspiring 'funster' interested in traveling and performing with the circus while "learning the ancient traditions of clowning from members of the famed Ringling Bros. (R) Clown Alley."

Among the traits the circus will be looking for: improvisational ability, sense of timing, and a "sincere desire to be a clown." No previous experience is required, and those auditioning do not have to bring costumes or props, but the circus does encourage anyone wishing to demonstrate skills in specialties like juggling, unicycle riding, or "playing the ukulele with a spoon" to bring their own props.. The audition includes a workshop on improvisation and physical comedy.

People must be at least 18 years old to contract to perform with a nationally touring Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey production, but younger people are welcome to audition.

For more information or to register for auditions, visit Advance audition registration is requested.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey's new show, "DRAGONS", is scheduled to appear Nov. 1-11 at the Allstate Arena and Nov. 14-25 at the United Center.

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