Big top coming to Glen Rose

BRENT ADDLEMAN Managing Editor
Melvino the Clown will be performing with the Kelly Miller Circus on Friday, March 13 at the Somervell County Expo Center. The circus will have two performances, at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The word is out. The big top is coming to Glen Rose.

Melvino the Clown stopped by the offices of the Glen Rose Reporter in an advance trip to Somervell County to put out the word that the Kelly Miller Circus is coming to the Somervell County Expo Center on Friday, March 13.

The circus will hold two performances, at 4:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., under the big top. The shows are expected to last two hours, according to Melvino the Clown, and will feature contortion artists, juggling, performing animals, aerial acrobatics and even a ventriloquist from Finland.

“It is a good, old-fashioned, big top circus,” Melvino the Clown said. “There will be animals and performers from all over the world here to entertain the people of Somervell County.”

Tickets are available online at kellymillercircus.com, and the day of the circus from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday, March 13.

Among the animals slated to be at the circus are an African elephant, zebras, tigers and, as a special treat, performing ducks.

“We probably do 400 shows a year,” Melvino the Clown said. “We start in Oklahoma, move into Texas and go as far as New Hampshire.”

For Melvino the Clown, there is nothing better than making people laugh.

“I always wanted to be a clown,” he said. “I was always drawn to the circus. This is my 12th circus season. What I enjoy the most is the reactions, the applause, the laughter and cheering… looking out and seeing people smile.”

Melvino the Clown cites his inspirations as Lou Jacobs, who popularized the clown car; Frosty Little, who was named a “master clown” by Ringling Bros.; and Steve Smith, who started his career as a clown and became director of Clown College for Ringing Bros. in 1985.

On the day of the show, the public is invited to watch the big top being raised at 9 a.m. free of charge.

Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Glen Rose Reporter. He can be reached at 254-897-2282 or email to brent.addleman@theglenrosereporter.com. Follow him on Twitter: @GRR_Editor.