Sunday, November 29, 2009

Quote of the Day 11/29

"It's never my failures that I regret, it's the things I pass up because I'm too scared, too safe."

- Philippe (The Spark)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Quote of the Day 11/28

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Rehearsal Update 11/27

I hope everyone out there enjoyed their Thanksgiving! Official Rehearsal #3 is taking place this afternoon. The text portion of the production is almost completely blocked and ready for a stumble-through.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Quote of the Day 11/22

"Leap and the net will appear."

- Zen saying

Saturday, November 21, 2009

An Additional Quote 11/21

“The thing about performance, even if it's only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.”

- Sydney Smith

Quote of the Day 11/21

"Sheep can KILL!"

- Co-Clown Steve (not a real animal trainer)

Quote of the Day 11/20

"Peanut Butter and Brownies!"

- Heard in the Kitchen of the Mansion

Rehearsal Update

Today was the first rehearsal in which script material was put on its feet. The first two stories in the script have been blocked and "Put On A Happy Face" was staged including a dance break turned into a juggling break!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Clowns without Borders Ticket Donation

Hey Everyone Under The Big Top!

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!

- Matthew

Quote of the Day 11/19

"A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast"

- Groucho Marx

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

Quotes for the Week

Quote of the Day 11/16
"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."
-Eileen Caddy

Production Update

Rehearsals have begun with the finalized script, posters have been placed along Brady Street and in Shorewood, press kits have been mailed out...the production is well on its way!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Quote ofthe Day 11/15 x2

"To me, creativity is, first and foremost, all about courage-a willingness to take risks, try new things, and to share the experience with others."

"Passion is key to everything we do, and those without it don't last long."

- Diane McKee

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Quote of the Day 11/14

"By laughing at me, the audience really laughs at themselves, and realizing they have done this gives them sort of a spiritual second wind for going back into the battles of life."

- Emmett Kelly


In about 6 1/2 hours, I will be watching Zing Zang Zoom by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. I will take some pictures for the blog!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Past Clown Audition

Here is footage of me at the Ringling Brothers Clown Audition last November...

(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)

Promo Photos

Check Out these Sensational Promo Photos by my production assistant Steve!

Quote of the Day 11/13

"Dreams don't die until we let them."

- James Ojala (from the book Be The Difference)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Clown has found his Suitcase!

The suitcase prop has been found and purchased! The suitcase was found at the Opry Antique Mall in Wisconsin Dells, WI this afternoon. It is made out of wicker and leather. There are some repairs needed, but it is the perfect prop for the main clown character in LEAVING THE RING!

Quote of the Day 11/12

"Put a little Circus in your Life"

- Ted McRae (Ringmaster of Ringling Bros. Hometown Edition)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Hello Everyone out there under the Big Top!

These past few days have been very productive. The main clown's costume is almost complete.

The Costume:
Blue and Black Checked Suit Coat
Light Blue Dress Shirt
Brown Corduroy Pants
Purple Tie
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!

Quote of the Day 11/11

"You got sawdust in your veins."

- Brad Braden
(from the film The Greatest Show on Earth)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Quote of the Day 11/10

"I've had good times and bad times. It may seem like a rough day today, but tomorrow may bring a good day, and the sun may be shining in the next town."

- Lou Jacobs
Hey EVERYONE! There is a circus nearby! Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in two Illinois cities with their new show ZING ZANG ZOOM! For details and a preview, visit the link below.

Poster Art

Here is the poster art for LEAVING THE RING.