NC: Fort Bragg District News
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown Visits Hampton Primary School
R. Eaton, HPS
Hampton Primary first graders were thrilled to meet a clown from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.The Clown of Crunk, Jamarr "JMan" Woodruff, visited Hampton as part of the Advance Team of clowns that visit cities where the Circus is scheduled to visit in the near future.When asked about the meaning of the Advance Team after the show, JMan explained, "This is a tradition that P.T. Barnum started way back in the 1800s.Back then, posters were sent out in advance of the show. Today, Ringling Bros. send their best posters – the clowns – to share the news of the upcoming shows."
The first grade students and their teachers were delighted with The Clown of Crunk's opening performance which included a juggling act with stomping, clapping, and vocalizations that resembled the sound of the train that will be coming to the Crown Coliseum next month.JMan read a story to the children, performed a variety of juggling routines, acrobatic stunts, and hip-hop style dancing.Every juggling act was met with a rousing cheer of "Higher!Higher!" from the students as they watched the balls, hats, clubs, and hoops get tossed higher and higher into the air.One lucky student, who proved to be quite charismatic, was pulled out of the audience to dance and be an assistant for a hoop trick.
The students were given red clown noses and invited to visit the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus when it comes to Fayetteville, at the Crown Coliseum, February 26 – March 1, 2015.Please visit http://www.ringling.com/ for more information.