"My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus has been such a wonderful outlet for both of my kids. Recently, Joe has really been inspired by Buster Keaton, and is really embracing the circus arts. His unicycling, juggling and flower stick routines are not only fun for him to perform, but great entertainment for our family and friends. I have really been blessed to witness his self esteem blossoming as he masters various circus skills."
My Nose Turns Red offers circus training six days a week at a variety of sites across the region, including an advanced youth class on Saturdays at Emanuel Community Center in downtown Cincinnati. Students have the opportunity to train with our staff, guest artists and teen apprentices in such arts as:
Stilt Walking and Rolling Globes
Tumbling and Partner Acrobatics
Traditional Juggling and Diabolo (Chinese Yo-Yo)
Poi and Flow Wand
Tight Wire Walking
German Wheel or Gym Wheel
Vocal Projection, Character and Scene Development and Improvisation
Theatical Clowning and Commedia dell'Arte
Classes and Camps
"I love doing circus because it's fun!! My favorites are the spinning plates, hula-hoops, stilts, G-ball and the tight rope. I'm learning the hands free stilts right now. I had a great time at the two-week circus camp this summer learning the German Wheel, unicycle, G-ball and the tight rope! "
Megan, age 9
Youth Circus Training — Where Arts Education Meets Physical Fitness
Beginning, intermediate and advanced youth circus classes at held at Emanuel Community Center (1308 Race Street, Cincinnati, OH) on Saturdays throughout the school year. Beginner classes are from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and Intermediate/Advanced classes run from 12 noon to 4 pm, 20 weeks per year. The classes culminate with a fully mounted production at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater at the Aronoff Center for the Arts.
Circus classes cover balance skills, manipulatives, acrobatics and clown character development. Youth begin at their own skill level and are challenged to move to the next level by our skilled coaches. For instance, each youth must be able to cross the low wire 100 times before they progress to the five-foot high wire.
To register for the 2012 - 2013 Circus Season email or call 859.581.7100.
Great friendships are forged at My Nose Turns Red Summer Circus Camp. Students often tell how they learned how to ride a unicycle during the two-week advanced summer circus camp or were able to make great breakthroughs in juggling or other skills. The culminating summer camp show is a highlight of the season with friends and families to cheer them on. One-week camps are held throughout the summer and all camps culminate in a performance. Sign up early for the Rubber Chicken discount!
After-School Circus Sites
My Nose Turns Red conducts after-school circus classes once a week at several schools across the tri-state. MNTR brings equipment and circus teen apprentices to the site. This year each after-school site will participate in the culminating Aronoff Center performance.
Currently after-school circus classes are held at:
The New School Montessori, North Avondale
Cincinnati Waldorf School, Mt. Airy
Blue Ash Recreation Center
John G. Carlisle Elementary School, Covington, KY
9th Distict Elementary School, Covington, KY
If you are interested in developing an afterschool circus site email or call 859.581.7100.
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Workshops and Performances
"It was truly amazing and definitely, the best thing I've ever seen. The confidence, energy and exuberance that My Nose Turns Red encourages kids to show is truly wonderful. The kids, they blew the top off the big top!"
Eric L. Dustman
Director, The New School Montessori
My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus offers a variety of workshops in physical comedy for theatre companies, youth circus performers, schools, and educators. Workshops can be arranged following a My Nose Turns Red performance or as a standalone training in circus skills, clown character development, physical comedy or juggling.
My Nose Turns Red offers several solo performances with Steve Roenker. School performances include their own study guides for integration into classroom curriculum.
Clowns and Tricksters from Around the World
Appropriate for grades K-5, includes audience participation
Clowns and Trickster from around the World is a multi-cultural exploration of the clown throughout the ages and cultures. Cultural folktales include:
Coyote and the Mole
How Anansi the Spider Got His Waist
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock;
Arlecchino from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte
French Illusion Pantomime
Shootang, Steve's theatrical clown character
Shootang's Clown Extravaganza
Appropriate for a wide range of grades but also great for libraries, family performance series, etc., includes audience participation, juggling, mime, masks and clown entrée acts that include rubber chickens and everyday kitchen objects.
Combine a performance with a series of workshops for an in-depth experience that can be tailored for your audience for one day to two weeks. Residencies can be combined with workshops that culminate in a performance for your school, friends and families.
Multi-Cultural Mask Residencies
Begin with Clowns & Tricksters from Around the World, followed by workshops with Steve directing Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, Coyote and Grandfather Rock, and Jack and the Robbers. Residency can include mask making and conclude with a public performance.
Begin with an all-school performance of Shootang's Clown Extravaganza and follow it up with a hands-on workshop in your physical education classes covering balance, motion and manipulative skills for your students. Skills will cover juggling, balancing objects, diabolo, rola bola, rolling globe, and wire walking as well as hooping, poi and flow wand.
Commedia dell'Arte Residencies
For high school and college students with a strong interest in theatre and physical comedy, begin with a Commedia lecture-demonstration covering the masked Commedia dell'Arte characters and their lazzi (comic turns). This highly engaging workshop covers learning how the stock characters move and interacted with each other and can be used as a developmental workshop for your project or a culminating scenario Steve will set.
"The actors, interns and staff at Lexington Children’s Theatre thoroughly enjoyed our clowning workshop with My Nose Turns Red. Steve did a great job working with our actors on physical comedy skills and clowning techniques. The results of the workshop were obvious to all involved in the final production of TALES OF THE SHIMMERING SKY. The feelings of innocence, play, and pure joy clowning brought to the final production made it a wonderful learning experience for all of us here at LCT."
To book a school-based Circus Residency for your school email or call 859.581.7100.
Circus Youth in Action
Funded by the National Endowment of the Art’s Artworks program, Circus Youth in Action trains middle school youth in circus arts, and they, in turn, help train the elementary children in the Covington (Kentucky) Independent Public School District. This 20-week program is held at the Holmes Middle School in partnership with the Covington Community Learning Centers.
Diocesan Catholic Children's Home
"My Nose Turns Red Theatre's circus program embodies many values, such as accomplishment, creativity, self-control. These values are exactly what we try to instill in each of our youth at the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home.
"MNTR & DCCH's partnership over the past seven years has been instrumental in our children's success. We have witnessed increased self-esteem, teamwork, and courage in every youth that has gone through the program. And the kids learn all of these things while having fun!"
Recreation Director, Diocesan Catholic Children's Home "They laughed Mr. Steve. They laughed. I didn't think I could make people happy."
- A child from the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home
Diocesan Catholic Children's Home
For the past eight years, Steve has been teaching once a week at the Diocesan Catholic Children's Home. The children have socialization issues and have been placed there for a variety of reasons. Circus arts offer them an outlet to succeed and be recognized by their peers. Through our partnerships with Cirque du Soleil, we have been able to share tickets to circus tickets with youth from the Children's Home.
For more information about community outreach programs please contact Steve Roenker, email or call 859.581.7100.