A bit of craziness that aims to benefit art

Posted: Thursday, November 08, 2001

Clowning and comedy, music and magic highlight "A Crazy Show" Saturday afternoon.

The performance, geared for families and elementary-age kids, will be staged at 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall. The event is a benefit for art education at Harborview Elementary School.

Magician Jeff Brown, musician Julie Mae Pigott and actor and director Roblin Davis will perform. Davis will take the stage as Mumbles the Clown, a role he developed for performances in San Francisco and in Juneau. Dawn Pisel will reprise her role as Clarabella from Perseverance Theatre's two productions of "Fry Tales" and serve as master of ceremonies.

All performers have extensive stage experience and are parents of elementary-age children. They are volunteering their talents because they want to provide additional art opportunities at Harborview.

"The whole reason for the show is so every kid at Harborview can have art," Pigott said. "The more children are exposed and have access to creative expression, the more successful they are in school."

Juneau artist and teacher Dianne Anderson currently teaches art in some but not all Harborview classrooms. Pisel, a parent and a teacher at the school, said the focus on standardized testing and core subjects has left art programs underfunded at the school.

"Instead of just lamenting that, we decided to do something about that so we can continue teaching art," Pisel said. "The PTA started this and the teachers got involved. We want to be sure every teacher at Harborview gets to work with Dianne Anderson."

Supplies also are needed, and proceeds from the show will support that.

The show will last about 80 minutes. Tickets are available at the door and are $3 for kids, $8 for adults, and $20 for a family.

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Riley Woodford can be reached at rileyw@juneauempire.com.



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