Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
By Russ Bickerstaff
Performer Matthew Belopavlovich casts light on the waning shadows of the traditional circus next week as he performs Leaving the Ring, a theatrical narrative he’s constructed around the story of “a clown’s last bow on Earth.” In his one-man performance, Belopavlovich walks onstage in a red bowler hat and clown nose. He unpacks his suitcase, apparently oblivious to where he is. Then he notices the audience. As long they’re sitting there, he may as well perform…
Belopavlovich proceeds to weave a performance out of comedy, poetry, juggling and stage magic. It’s a family show, but it captures something beyond light entertainment.
“The idea of ‘leaving the ring’ is symbolic of the clown performing for the last time on this Earth and passing away,” Belopavlovich says.
Given the right execution, this could be a very interesting journey flowing from all the trappings of a traditional circus clown’s shtick. Modern culture often associates clowns with children’s parties, so crafting a profound message from this fare should prove to be an interesting challenge. The show looks like a passionate side project for Belopavlovich.
Belopavlovich’s Leaving the Ring runs for two nights only, Dec. 15-16, at the Alchemist Theatre. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Clowns Without Borders, an organization that brings laughter to places of conflict and crisis all over the world.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Dolly Jacobs is an American aerialist. She is the daughter of famed circus clown , Lou Jacobs. She began her circus career in 1975 and has been working ever since. She is also the co-founder of Circus Sarasota. Born in Sarasota, Florida, winter home of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey until 1958, Dolly, like many other circus children in the area, began training at Sailor's Circus, the Sarasota She debuted her Roman Rings act in the 1976 edition of The Greatest Show On Earth. n 1984, Dolly left Ringling and joined the Big Apple Circus 's youth circus. After graduating from Sarasota High, she followed in her mother's footsteps and joined the Ringling show's battalion of showgirls, which allowed her to be near her father. , with which she performed until 1985, and again in 1987 and 1988. Dolly Jacobs was inducted in 1997 into the Circus Ring of Fame in Sarasota in 1998. (Circopedia and Wikipedia)
After causing an accident backstage, the clown is forced to leave the current circus he is touring with and find a life in the "real world." On a rainy night the clown enters a theater to dry off and rest. As payment for his intrusion, the clown takes the audience on a journey through his life in the circus by telling stories, sharing poetry, and performing glimpses of his famous routine.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
- Bertolt Brecht
"There are lots of young vital playwrights who are experimenting, and these are the plays that people who are interested in the theatre should see. They should go off Broadway. They should go to the cafe theatres and see the experiments that are being made."
- Edward Albee
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
- Narrator (The Greatest Show On Earth)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I wanted to tell you about an exciting opportunity that you can be a part of when you buy an online ticket prior to the performance dates. For every $8 General Admission ticket purchased off of the Alchemist website, I will donate $1 to Clowns without Borders. If just 25 people purchase their tickets in advance, we will meet their first donation category. See what you can help Clowns without Borders buy below! If you do not know what Clowns without Borders does, please visit the LEAVING THE RING BLOG for a link to their website where you can learn more! This is a great cause and I hope you are willing to spread a couple of laughs with me.
To buy tickets, visit
What We Can Help Buy:
$25 for a Smile = 100 clown noses
$50 for a Giggle = fuels a full tank of gas for touring
$100 for a Laugh = provides 7 days of lodging in South Africa
Ready, Set, Clown!
Feeling the need to spread a little Holiday Joy? Donate to Clowns without Borders by visiting the link below.
A portion of the profit made from LEAVING THE RING will be donated at Clowns Without Borders! Buy Tickets!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"Failure is simply part of the equation."
- Georgette Mosbacher
Quote of the Day 11/17
"Don't wait to be discovered."
- Gil Atkinson
Quote of the Day 11/18
"Let there be more joy and laughter in your living."
Sunday, November 15, 2009
"Passion is key to everything we do, and those without it don't last long."
- Diane McKee
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
(When Karen Hoyer is shown, look to the left of your screen. I appear later on the right side of the screen drawing an "X" and a circle with my feet)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
These past few days have been very productive. The main clown's costume is almost complete.
Blue and Black Checked Suit Coat
Light Blue Dress Shirt
Brown Corduroy Pants
Purple and Black Striped Socks
I am still on the look out for a hat to fit the rest of the costume design and the clown's main prop, his trunk.
Many thanks to my two co-clowns who have been helping me with the costume and prop hunt, Steve and Fiorella!