PUBLISHED: 11:14 AM on Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Clown around with Charlie this weekend

Award-winning entertainer Charlie the Juggling Clown will be coming to Juneau next month for a public show and to help inspire and train those who may want to learn a few things about the comedy arts.

Charlie, also known as Bruce Johnson, is an internationally recognized family entertainer, clown historian, instructor, author and artist.E He has created his own unique performance style combining magic, juggling, plate spinning, trick cartoons, pantomime, audience interaction, and clowning.E He is particularly known for his rapport with audiences of all ages.E In 2004, he represented the United States at the inaugural Clown-Around-The-World Festival in Singapore.

Charlie will be in town as a guest of the Juneau Joeys, the capital city's "alley" of Clowns of America, International. He will be performing in a school assembly for students at Riverbend Elementary on Friday, March 4th at 9:30 a.m., and in a public show in the High School Auditorium that evening. The next day, Saturday, March 5th, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., a series of free workshops will be offered in the Community Room at the Nugget Mall.

Friday night's performance will be a fundraiser for the Harborview Elementary PTA. Admission is $5 a person, or $15 a family. The show begins at 7'

Saturday's workshops will cover basic clown make-up, trick cartoons, basic clowning, and creativity as a clown, and are free and open to the public

"We're hoping to inspire a few more people in Juneau to explore their 'inner clown' and join the Juneau Joeys," said Jeff Brown, one of the event organizers. "Of course, anyone who wants to learn more about clowning is welcome."

"And, if they choose, they can join the Joeys the next day at the Home Show to show off what they've learned!"

The events are funded through donations the Juneau Joeys have collected at a variety of events in Juneau and are dedicated to the memory of Maxine "Glee" McCoy, a Juneau Joey who passed away late last year.

For more information, please call Jeff Brown at 463-6425.