Bonnie Metty asks:
How long is your day?
How many costume changes do you go through on a daily basis?
Our schedule can change so much! Some days we will be at the arena for about 5 hours. Other days we can be at the arena for 18+ hours! It all just depends on what is on the schedule.
My costume changes are really easy this year. For most of the show I wear my agent suit. That is our main costume that we design at the start of the new tour. I have one costume change for the cave man slide table gag and then I change about 4 times in and out of my agent suit. Last year we had about 6 costume changes. This all just depends on our spots and gags in the show.
Every day is different. For one-show days we are here for 4 and a half hours, and for three-show days we’re here 9am to almost 10pm!
Each show varies as far as circus costume changes, but between the 5 that I wear, I change clothes 7 times, give or take a few.
- Clown Band – A big opening number where a real clown band played music for a clown gag ( I played the drums!)
- Bunnie Magic – My favorite piece created for the show; I am still performing it!
- Opening Production number – Wearing an incredibly heavy sequin and rhinestone encrusted costume
- Charvari: Prisoner Break Out – A clown gag done with a mini trampoline; we were jumping over a wall simulating a prison escape
- Spectacular – Fancy dress, then quick change into red/white/blue flag-waver
- Intermission Gags
- Walk Arounds – Short bits done walking around the hippodrome track while the trapeze nets were being set up
- Elephants Production Number – I loved riding elephants!
Sometimes on a Saturday I would get to be a substitute in the Clown car as the Dragon. So add that one, too.
I never wore my “agent suit” the fancy Pricilla Mooseburger Costume in the show. That was reserved for publicity.
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He said: “Trish, we met your daughter last night in KC. Reminded me of you, and the reason I love clowning so much.”
Thanks for sharing the photo with us, Randy!
Yay! A POSITIVE and FUN clown story in the news — and it’s an interview with my son DJ.
Salt Lake City Magazine asked him about the sort of duties a circus clown has, his background in clowning, and memorable moments with kids. DJ did a great job in responding to the questions with honesty while also giving clowns a positive face in the media.
Red Unit “Built to Amaze” (Julia)
- September 25 – 28: Dayton, OH
- October 2 – 5: Manchester, NH
- October 9 – 13: Worcester, MA
Blue Unit “Legends” (DJ)
- September 24 – 28: Salt Lake City, UT
- October 2 – 13: Denver, CO
Catch Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in your hometown! View their tour map and schedule online here.
If you are new to this blog, please >> CLICK HERE << to read other posts about my clown kiddos on the road with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. There’s a lot of catching up to do!