Send in the clowns
by TP staff
Feb 21, 2013 | 3081 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Monticello clown show
Student clowns sing “Lighten Up” to start the 16th annual Monticello Clown Show on Thursday, Feb. 21.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Monticello Elementary School students served up the slapstick with a side of craziness at the 16th annual Clown Show on Thursday, Feb. 21.

About 50 students in Kristina Hansen’s fourth grade and Heather Marchini’s second grade classes donned gaudy socks and big noses to hold two clown shows for classmates and parents in the school multipurpose room.

The young clowns spent about six weeks perfecting their routines, learning the finer points of clowndom from Ravioli the Clown who attended every practice with the students.

Miss Sparkles Delight previously gave a clown makeup class for the teachers and parents who designed the young clowns face makeup.

The two clowns are married.

Thursday’s two performances featured 10 musical numbers and skits including a clown mind reader, clown baseball and a clown dentist.

Hansen said the clown show has become a tradition in the Jefferson school district passed down by two teachers in the 16 years it’s been running.

The skits were picked by the teachers in December. Hansen said and the routines are rotated each year to keep the show fresh with one or two new ones added to the list each year.

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February 22, 2013
Sounds like fun. Anyway, I just have to say I think Miss Sparkles is just awesome. I've lived in Tracy for about six years now, and every parade I've attended, or any event it seems, she is always there. She's giving it her all, trying to make everyone have a good time, especially, of course, the kids.

I met her in the mall awhile back (in more casual attire than usual), and she is a neat lady. She talked to my kids, and myself for awhile, and you can just tell she is one of those people that genuinely loves kids, and also loves what she does.

Not that I have been in Tracy for that overly long, but if I had to chose a mascot for Tracy, it would certainly be her. I don't think there are many people in town who don't know who is she is. She beings something special to every

event that she does, a smile to many, many faces, and I think she will be sorely missed, and long remembered if she ever hangs up those big floppy shoes.

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