Juneau Joeys presenting a show, workshops

Posted: Friday, September 07, 2001

The Juneau Joeys for the uninitiated, joeys are clowns are hosting an upcoming series of clown workshops and a show in Juneau.

The Joeys' affiliation with Clowns of America International got them a grant to help fund the workshops and to bring up a top clown pro to perform and teach for the event.

"This is our first professional workshop," said Juneau's Jim Barnes aka Buttons the Clown. "Don Burda, from San Jose, Calif., who performs as Homer, along with his wife Dee, will be performing and teaching. Homer is a 1995 Clown Hall of Fame inductee."

Homer has appeared in more than 10,000 performances in his 35 years of being a laugh riot, said Buttons. "He has performed in circuses but is mainly a theater clown, appearing before PTA's and school open houses." Homer has won a number of awards for everything from clown makeup to balloon sculpting.

There's also a coloring contest tied in with the show and workshops, Buttons said. Contestants can pick up a clown poster at the Mendenhall Mall. Scooters, stuffed animals and toys will be awarded to winners in three categories: ages 3-5, 6-8, and 9-10.

The Juneau Joeys have been around, officially, since 1997, when they applied for membership with Clowns of America International, Buttons said.

There were five active joeys applying to start with, and membership has grown 60 percent since then.

The main thrust of the Juneau Joeys is charity work, Buttons said, as well as entertainment for the community at events such as Kids Safe Day and Supershop Saturday, and at venues such as the Juneau Pioneers Home and the Boys and Girls Club.

The show itself will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15., at Centennial Hall. The workshops will be on the night of Sept. 14, Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Show tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids and $15 for families. The three days of workshops, also at Centennial Hall, include all supplies balloons, makeup, etc. and cost $50. Tickets for the show and workshops are available at Heathside Books stores.

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