World Famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley Open Casting Calls

World Famous Ringling Bros Clown Alley

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This is a once-in-a–lifetime opportunity to audition to become part of The World Famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley. Do you have an overactive funny bone and a heart the size of Texas? If so, casting directors for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College want to see your improvisational ability, sense of timing, and sincere desire to be a clown with The Greatest Show On Earth!

Please come to one of the open casting calls prepared to show, in a 3-5 minute routine, your ability to display exaggerated facial expressions and body language, your athleticism, or any unique physical skills, an understanding of comedy, as well as a sense of your personality and why you want to become a performer with Ringling Bros. Previous clowning experience is not required. Performers selected to travel with the Greatest Show on Earth must be 18 years of age or older, however younger auditioners are welcome to attend.

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.

Open Casting Call Details

You MUST go to the following website and pre-register for the open casting call that you wish to attend:

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.

Anaheim, CA

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
10:00am - 1:00pm
Honda Center
2695 E. Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
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Please check in at the Northeast Concierge Entrance.

Dallas, TX

Friday, August 5, 2011
10:00am - 1:00pm
American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
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Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
10:00am - 1:00pm
The Rose Garden
One Center Court
Portland, OR 97227
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World Famous Ringling Bros. Clown style

The particular "Ringling Style" of clowning taught at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College is rooted in the "American" type of clown performance, with an accent towards broad and slapstick type humor, as opposed to the "European" approach which is typically more stylized and elegant. Because of the "three ring" configuration of the Ringling Bros. show, and the bigger arenas that are needed to present such an attraction, audiences are larger and many patrons sit in balconies or upper decks, far above the action. In order to reach the people in every area of these larger arenas, clowns on the Ringling show must design their make up to be seen at a distance, and use their props and clear physical movements to show the audience what is happening during a gag, no matter where in the house they are seated. The training given at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College is tailor made for the Ringling show, but could be transferred to other circus styles.