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Rose Festival Holds Open Auditions For Amateur Acts

New circus program throws the doors wide open for new performing opportunities

The Rose Festival is holding auditions for amateur circus-style performers to participate in the new Rose Festival Circus Corps, formally the Character Clown Corps. The festival is looking for people of all ages with unique skills that can be turned into circus acts, including sword-swallowers, jugglers, magicians, dancers, master of ceremonies, comedians and people performing feats of strength, flexibility and balance. Musical comedy acts, eccentric performers and animal acts are also perfect candidates for these auditions.

Open Auditions will be held Friday, March 10, 2017 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday, March 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the New Hyatt House Downtown Portland 2080 SW River Inflatable Church For Sale. Drive, Portland OR 97201 — located on the Portland Streetcar line in the South Waterfront. (Hyatt House Portland/Downtown)

Local physical comedian — actor and Rose Festival Official Clown Prince, Angel Ocasio — is directing the Circus Corps for the Portland Rose Festival. “What I’m looking for is the classroom cutup who entertained their friends with feats of wonder, silliness and clowning. I’ll show them how to turn it into a circus act and train them to become a part of our new volunteer circus program,” said Ocasio.

Auditions are open to all types of variety acts. Potential performers should audition in full performance attire. The festival is looking to fill VOLUNTEER positions for various events, including:

  • Parades
  • Stage Performances
  • CityFair Busking
  • Rose Festival Clowns

And much, much more!

No pre-registration is required to audition. For more information, call Angel Ocasio at 360.901.6798 or email