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SAWDUST & SPANGLES AND DREAMS!

A Red-Letter Retinue of Ringling Performers!
A Titanic Three-Day Reunion!
And One Prestigious Performance — July 22 at CIRCUS WORLD in Baraboo, WI (Performers Have Until July 9 to Register to Be Part of This Historic Show!)

Ladies and gentlemen, children (and performers) of all ages -- please direct your attention to Baraboo, Wisconsin, where a remarkable reunion of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performers and personnel will colorfully convene July 21 through 23!

The RBBB Homecoming will be a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of circus – an unprecedented acclamation of the art form, its living legacy and its phenomenal future. While Ringling Bros. may have recently held its final performance, circus remains rousingly relevant all over the world -- especially in Baraboo, home of the original Ringling brothers as well as to Circus World, the International Clown Hall of Fame, the Al. Ringling Theater, and the Al. Ringling Mansion.

The three-day celebration of circus spirit — and everything Ringling-related — will be highlighted by a one-time-only performance on July 22: SAWDUST & SPANGLES AND DREAMS!, directed by Steve Smith, San Francisco Circus Center’s Creative Director, and former Dean of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

“As we gather in Historic Baraboo to celebrate and share memories of our time with The Greatest Show On Earth™, we also know this is not the end of the road, but an opportunity to pave a new one,” said Smith. “The circus ring is a circle...a symbol of unity. It is continuous - it has no beginning, it has no end. The circus is evolving. It is up to us to pick up the torch that has traveled across time and through the ages; to dust it off; to reignite the fire of wonder & awe and then fan that spark into an unquenchable flame that is the future of the circus.”

This 90-minute spectacle of sensation will showcase: Cavorting Canines! Juggling Geniuses! Aerial Artistry! A Dynamic Display of Dancing Divas! A Comedic Cavalcade of Cacophonous Clowns! Astonishing Acrobatics! Celebrated Singing Ringmasters! Animal Antics!

Tickets for this peerless performance can be purchased online at http://alringling.org/ and proceeds will benefit the Circus Traveling Show Retirement Project & Showpeople’s Winter Quarters, as well as International Clown Hall of Fame, the Al. Ringling Theatre and Circus World.

Other RBBB Homecoming events include performances, concerts, tours, films and social gatherings offered each day and evening at the city’s premier circus attractions: Circus World, the International Clown Hall of Fame, Al. Ringling Theatre, Al. Ringling Mansion and Ringling House Bed & Breakfast. Explore the full schedule of Circus Homecoming events by visiting www.circusworldbaraboo.org.

 

SUMMER HOURS

We are open Monday Through Saturday from 10:00AM to 5:00PM now through Labor Day!

We are open Sundays by appointment only.

Come visit! We can't wait to show you around!

Admission: $8.00/adult, $5.00/child

 

TICKETS ON SALE: Ringling Circus Homecoming/Reunion
July 21–23

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY PERFORMERS & EMPLOYEES

INVITED TO BARABOO, WISCONSIN

FOR CIRCUS HOMECOMING, JULY 20-23, 2017

Show’s Cast/Crew To Headline Big Top Parade Hometown of Ringling Bros. Circus

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Baraboo, Wisconsin, the hometown of the Ringling brothers and their circus empire, will roll out the red carpet to the performers and employees of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey with a special Circus Homecoming, July 20-23, 2017. The four-day event will celebrate the people who have made The Greatest Show On Earth® an iconic brand and the world’s preeminent circus. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey cast and crew will also serve as the grand marshals of Baraboo’s Big Top Parade*.

On parade day, Saturday July 22, at 7:30 p.m., former performers from The Greatest Show On Earth® will showcase their talents on the stage of the beautifully restored Al. Ringling Theatre for a one-time-only presentation of “Sawdust, Spangles and Dreams.” Proceeds from this event will benefit the Circus Traveling Show Retirement Project & Showpeople’s Winter Quarters, as well as International Clown Hall of Fame, the Al. Ringling Theatre and Circus World. Tickets for this performance can be purchased online beginning May 1 at http://alringling.org

“With the news that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will close May 21 after 146 years of continuous operation, Circus World and the entire Baraboo community immediately thought about the people who have dedicated their lives to The Greatest Show On Earth®. The Circus Homecoming is our way to honor all of them and their legacy,” said Scott O’Donnell, Executive Director of Circus World, a state-owned historic site located at the Ringling Bros. Circus’ winter quarters (1884-1918) in Baraboo and the primary organization behind the Circus Homecoming.

Other Circus Homecoming events, including performances, concerts, tours, films and social gatherings offered each day and evening at the city’s premier circus attractions: Circus World, the International Clown Hall of Fame, Al. Ringling Theatre, Al. Ringling Mansion and Ringling House Bed & Breakfast. You can explore the full schedule of Circus Homecoming events by visiting http://www.circusworldbaraboo.org

Activities on Friday, July 21 will include an 11:00 a.m. guided tour of Baraboo’s Walnut Hill Cemetery where four of the Ringling brothers and other circus luminaries are interred. The 1952 Oscar-winning best picture, “The Greatest Show On Earth,” will be shown on the big screen at 7:00 p.m. at the majestic Al. Ringling Theatre. Buy early to get the best seats! Al Ringling Theatre tickets for both the movie and “Sawdust, Spangles and Dreams” go on sale Monday, May 1, 2017, and can be purchased at http://alringling.org or by contacting the Ticket Office at 608-356-8864.

On Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m., the 5th Annual Big Top Parade will take to the streets of downtown Baraboo, with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey employees serving as Grand Marshals. The parade will feature priceless, horse-drawn circus wagons from Circus World’s unequaled collection, animals, bands, specialty units, and community floats.

*This year, because Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is ceasing operations, the parade will also feature the grandest assemblage of clowns on the planet.

For more information about the Circus Homecoming or to arrange interviews and coverage, contact Barbara Pflughaupt, BP Media Relations, (212) 707-8181.

 


 


 


DVD RELEASES!

Each of these DVDs are on sale for only $24.95 + shipping. They can be ordered via check, money order and the handy-dandy PayPal buttons below. Checks & Postal Money Orders can be made out to ICHOF. 

 

La Piste des ClownsOriginally aired in 1977 and 1978 on European television, La Piste des Clowns celebrates some of the world's greatest clowns performing their classic, hilarious routines. Filmed before a live audience at the Royal Circus in Stockholm, this video features over a dozen headliner clown acts PLUS Interviews with many of these brilliant comics.

Now you have the rare opportunity to watch, laugh and enjoy these outstanding clowns presented all together on this seldom seen video.

Only 24.95 + shipping

In Spanish and English

Region 0, NTSC

 

 

 


 

 

vaudeville DVDAvailable only thru the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center, THE GREAT CLOWNS OF VAUDEVILLE features an eclectic selection of incredibly rare footage of classic vaudeville comedy & variety acts.

From the slapstick knockabout of Willie, West & McGinty, to the clowinsh insanity of the Gentlemaniacs to the abstract tomfoolery of Chaz Chase this DVD presents some of the greatest baggy pants, slapshoe wearing, prattfalling clowns ever to play the Palace.

Only 24.95 + shipping

Region 0, NTSC

FEATURING:
• Chaz Chase
• Herb Williams
• Jimmy Conlin & Myrtle Glass
• The Foy Family
• Val & Ernie Stanton
• O'Donnell & Blair
• Willie, West & McGinty
• W.C. Fields
• Jack Pepper and his "Society Pets"
• Wilbur Hall
• Runaway Four
• Laurel & Hardy
• The Gentlemaniacs
• Ted Healy with Howard, Fine & Howard
• Shaw & Lee
• Johnny Puleo & The Harmonica Gang
• Milton Berle
• George Carl 

 

Wilbur HallWillie, West & McGintyMilton Berle


 


 

 

Ring of Fame DVDThe 25th Annual CIRCUS RING OF FAME INDUCTIONS

Enjoy this video program highlighting the 25th anniversary induction ceremony of the Sarasota Circus Ring of Fame at St. Armands Circle, January 2012.

See all the speeches and fanfare leading up to unveiling the plaques for the honorees: circus impresario and swaypole performer, Joseph Bauer; director of The Greatest Show on Earth—the most spectacular circus movie ever made, Cecil B. DeMille; everyone's favorite clown and Clown Hall of Fame inductee, Barry "Grandma" Lubin; and thrill act producer, Hans Winn.

Only 24.95 + shipping

Region 0, NTSC

 

 

 

Chuck Sidlow and Barry LubinKenneth FeldThe Inductees

 

100% of the proceeds of these DVDs benefit the outreach programs and display developments of the ICHOF. The ICHOF is a 501 (c) 3 organization.