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Circus by students at Stranahan Elementary a crowd pleaser


Christopher Laux, the master of ceremonies, introduces an act in front of the audience during an end of the year circus in the outdoor amphitheater at Stranahan Elementary School.

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Crowd-pleasing tricks and shenanigans brought out laughs and smiles from the students that watched the traditional year-end circus at Stranahan Elementary School.

Crazy clowns, snake charmers, and ferocious lions were all commanding the stage at the school’s outdoor amphitheater Wednesday. The seats were filled with kindergarten and second-grade students being entertained by the circus folly acts and tricks performed by the first graders - technically a warm-up for the students, who would officially perform for their parents later in the day.

Sylvania resident Owen Dawson, 8, recalled when he participated in last year’s circus performance, which was just as fun as watching the next class carry on the tradition.

“My favorite performance was the clowns,” he said.

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An end-of the year tradition for the young students, it has been going on for more than 40 years. And each year students look forward to view and partake in the comedic acts, first-grade teacher Sara Meyer said. 

The Cleaning Clowns took the stage several times. In their last act the group threw popcorn around and dusted each other with feathers, in a big fun colorful mess.

Stuart Hyatt of Toledo, had his juggling outfit on that included a big red Rudolph nose.

“I like it when my nose falls off, it makes the audience laugh,” he said. The 7-year-old played a baby clown, and was part of a cleaning clown crew. Each part he equally enjoyed for its comedic role.

The students, such as Vanessa Lopez, 7, wrote essays telling the first-grade teachers which part they wanted to play and why.

“I liked being a clown because of the face paint, being silly, and juggling,” she said. Vanessa’s eyebrows were drawn in a rainbow of blue and white, and she had deep-rose freckled cheeks. Her dramatic face paint fit in with the other clowns who wore rainbow colored wigs and shiny head gear, along with outlandish outfits that fit their zany roles.

The talented students showed off acrobatic tricks and animal taming ways. The Incredible Hoola Hoopers came on before the ferocious lions jumped through a ring of fire. Sylvania resident Jawad Alheleal, 7 commanded the tamed lions as the jumped through the fire.

All 80 first graders played a special part in the circus that consisted of eight acts, and ended in grazing on snack popcorn.

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com. 

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