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'NoJoe's Clown Circus' to be held at Averitt Center June 23-27
    The Averitt Center for the Arts is offering a camp that could make childhood dreams of joining the circus come true — at least a little bit.
    "NoJoe’s Clown Circus" is coming to town to offer a one week Circus Clown Camp for anyone from ages 8 to age 80. Professional clown Joey Thurmond runs NoJoe’s circus, everyone’s a star. The camp will run June 23-27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. On the last day, June 27, campers will join NoJoe to present a circus show in the Emma Kelly Theater at 6:30 p.m.
    “NoJoe” Thurmond will present this unusual week of games, learning, teamwork, performing and fun at the camp. Thurmond said the camp appeals to children, of course, but also for anyone in his or her second childhood.
    “The experience that children and adults will carry away... is one that they will remember a lifetime,” Thurmond says on his Web site.
    “This would be a perfect way for a grandparent to spend a fun-filled week with a grandchild," said Connie Hayes, sssistant director of the Averitt Center for the Arts.
    Thurmond has spent his professional life performing as a clown. A graduate of Advanced Studies in the Performing Art of Clowning, the most prestigious clown training program in the world, Thurmond received the “Clown of the Year 2008” from the Family Entertainers of Atlanta. He also was classified as the number one choice of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus for the 2008-2009 tour. He has been called the “World’s Best Mannered Clown,” because he has audiences saying please and thank you.
    Whether people attend the camp or not, the public is invited to the June 27 show. There will be magic, goofy animals, juggling, balancing, and all kinds of clean family entertainment.
    Those interested in attending the camp should call the Averitt Center for the Arts at (912) 212-2787 or visit the gift shop in the lobby of the theater, Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Camp is $138 for the week. Tickets to the June 27 show are $5 and may be purchased at the door.
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