MCC Honors College Clowns Perform in Philly’s St. Paddy’s Parade
The MCC Honors College Clown Troupe is starting the Clowning Season with a busy March 2. They will perform their popular anti-bullying shows three times for children and senior citizens alike, before heading to Philadelphia for an alternative Spring Break service trip, where they will perform in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 11 followed by a week of shows at area schools and Boys and Girls Clubs.
The Troupe’s schedule March 2 includes a meet-and-greet visit to the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) at 10:45, followed by storytelling and an Anti-Bullying Comedy Magic Show at Woodland Park Academy in Grand Blanc beginning at 11:45, and then it’s off to the Boys and Girls Club of Flint for a 4:30 Anti-Bully Comedy Magic Show.
The 10-member troupe (including Dr. Ivory) will “take their show on the road” with the Alternative Spring Break service trip in Philadelphia, March 8-16.
The Mott Campus Clowns are a trained clown troupe made up of honor’s students, and they are serious about the issue of bullying. Five years ago, the group launched a new anti-bullying project to help educate elementary school students on how to stop or prevent bullying.
Dr. Brian Ivory, Honors Program coordinator at MCC, oversees the Mott Campus Clowns, a troupe comprised of eight MCC honor students enrolled in the service learning course, Social Diversity and Civic Engagement Lab (HONS 251).
As a course requirement, students enrolled in HONS 251 each develop a unique clown character complete with a clown name, costume and make-up. The students also spend seven weeks rehearsing an anti-bully program they will perform the next month at schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and parades.
All of the appearances of the Mott Campus Clowns are supervised by Ivory, (a.k.a. Dr. Bubby the Clown). Ivory is a 1987 graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. In 2011 he "un-retired" from clowning to recruit and train the Mott Campus Clowns in service of the troupe’s motto: “Turning Frowns Upside Down… One Smile at a Time.” Sponsorship of the Mott Campus Clowns is provided by Mott Community College, primarily through student activity fees.
For more information about the Mott Campus Clowns or the Honors Program, call Ivory at (248) 302-9483.
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