SCHOOL ASSEMBLY PROGRAMS

18 GREAT SCHOOL SHOWS

Study Guide: CIRCUS FOLLIES



We suggest Mr. Stolzenberg’s books, “Be A Clown” and “Be A Mime” published by Sterling Publishing Co. These are thorough instructional books for young people with hundreds of photos about Mime and Clowning. Excellent for preparation and follow up activities. Both books come highly recommended by THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION & LIBRARY JOURNAL.


PREPARATION QUESTIONS AND CONCEPTS

What is a clown?

What does a clown do?

What is a mime?

What does a mime do?

How is a clown different from a mime?

What is the history of the Circus?

Circus performers do very difficult and unusual tricks and stunts. What are some of the things circus performers do?   (Juggling, unicycle, acrobatics, trapeze, balancing)

In order to learn and perform circus tricks you have to practice a lot and be very disciplined. A circus performer is like an athlete. Circus performers are very aware of their bodies and they communicate with their bodies.

How do we all communicate with our bodies in daily life?

What kinds of messages do we give about who we are with our body language?

How would taking drugs or alcohol effect your ability to do circus tricks or athletics?