Thursday, April 28, 2005

Circus Mania makes big hit at school

By SUE WATSON
Staff Writer

The Holly Springs Primary School was a circus Wednesday of last week as the second grade gymnastics team with help from some local clowns put on a class act.

The Circus Mania show included jugglers, munchkins, parachute clowns and lady acrobats, a strong man act, tight rope ladies, a tiger act and boy acrobats. All drew robust laughter and applause from the audience of students, teachers and parents.

Grandma and Grandpa Clown (“Flub” Dunn and “Female” Dunn from the Slayden area) and Ringmaster Demill Dixon helped with the theatrics along with gym teacher/director Vicki Rodgers.

Student performers included Rodney Brown (Clown Pokey Dot); tigers Algernon James, Kadarius Jones, Brandon Marion, tiger trainer Antowin Hampton and strong man Sampson tiger Tyresse Jones; munchkins Alandria Haywood, Ericka Glover, Rajah Ramsey, Quanita Hankins and Kierra Walton; Markelia Moore (Mademoiselle Butterfly); lady whisker cat Autumn Bates; Carlos Washington (Batman); Trishuna Thomas (Lady Wildcat); Jaresiah Austin (Patriotic Lady); Jaleyone Young (Power Ranger); and Traci Rodgers, (Clown Buffy).

Face painters were Barbara Trott, and Carol Shepard, and Hattie Marshall. Nealy Jones was a helper.

Sondra Dunn (clown name “Female” pronounced “FeeMolly”) has been appointed by the Clown of America International Inc. as state ambassador for Mississippi. She also serves in that role as the Southeast regional ambassador.

She performs with her husband Charlie Dunn, who uses the clown name “Flub.”

Dunn is looking for other wantabe clowns to start a clown class in May.

If enough people show an interest, Dunn said she will start a clown club in Holly Springs to share clowning ideas which include face painting tips, balloons, skits and band.

To contact “Fee-Molly” call 662-551-1699 or send an e-mailed message to charlied38610@cs.com.


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