October 15, 2003
Josh Bartell, 10, of La Crescenta is a fifth-grader at La Crescenta Elementary School. BURBANK -- "The Funky Punks' Circus Spectacular," produced by the Troubadour Theater Company at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank, is directed by Matt Walker. It is worth seeing for people of all ages, but you have to be willing to have fun. In some parts it is very silly, such as the girl in the box who has extendable legs. In other parts, it is simply amazing, like when the girl gets over her fear and swings from the Hula-Hoop while flipping on and through it. It even has a touch of magic to it. This circus includes guitar, drums and funny, clowned-up music.
October 12, 2005
theater reviewThe most recent children's show offered at Burbank's Falcon Theatre is "Funky Punks in Bright Ideas." Keep in mind this is not a show, but more of a series of circus clown skits. The actors aren't punks as much as they are just a big bunch of younger grown-ups, having fun, doing circus clown skits. However, these punks don't really get any funkier than a big purple dinosaur named Barney. On the plus side, all the actors are just plain charming. And energetic. And funny.
May 20, 2009
If an evening at the circus, a posh afternoon fashion show and a good old-fashioned community barbecue are your idea of a good time, this past weekend offered all three as Burbankers clowned around, took to the catwalk and connected with their neighbors. William McKinley Elementary School kicked off the weekend?s activities Friday by staging its annual Spring Family Night with a circus theme. Principal and Ringmaster Bobbie Kavanaugh presided over three rings of ?Big Top? fun as students and their families enjoyed an early evening of circus-inspired games, food and entertainment.
October 4, 2003
JOYCE RUDOLPH The Troubadour Theater Company's Funky Punks are back at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank with an all-new "Circus Spectacular!" The Troubies have transformed the Falcon stage into a three-ring circus. Lion tamers, acrobats and jugglers combine for 60 minutes of family entertainment. Performances are 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 and $10 for children 12 and under. The Falcon Theatre is at 4252 Riverside Drive, Burbank.
November 13, 2002
pests Clowns, high-wire artists and lion tamers did not take up residence in the City Hall Annex or Olive Recreation Center the weekend of Nov. 9. Instead, the tents were raised to fumigate the structures, a process performed in city buildings when a pest problem can't be exterminated with spraying, said Bob Van Hazelen, assistant public works director. The $25,000 cost for fumigating both facilities -- which had termites and other pests -- is not a frequent expense, Van Hazelen said.
October 7, 2006
MEDIA CITY CENTER — In a cordoned-off area on Cypress Avenue, a 200-pound tiger lounged on his side in the shade on Thursday, occasionally humoring onlookers with a glance in their direction. A few of the adults and children lined up behind the barrier leaned in to try to catch the tiger's attention, drawing a sharp rebuke from one of his keepers. "We bring Mungar out to events to show why animals like this don't make good pets, only dogs and cats and birds — those types of animals," said Pat Nelson, a volunteer at the Wildlife Way Station in Little Tujunga Canyon.
August 3, 2002
Amber Willard Frank Inn might not have lived in Burbank, but he certainly helped put the city on the map when he rescued a scruffy puppy from the Burbank Animal Shelter. The mutt went on to star as Benji in several films. Inn died July 27 at a nursing home in Sylmar. He was 86. Inn did not take in Higgins, who later became Benji, with the thought of making him a star. The poodle-terrier- cocker spaniel mix was the last of a litter dropped off at the shelter in 1960 and would have been put to sleep if Inn had not taken him in. A few years before, Inn started his own animal training business and a filmmaker visiting Inn's ranch saw Higgins and knew he had found the right dog for the job. "Higgins was an all-Amer- ican cross between Burbank and Hollywood," Inn said in an interview a year ago with the Leader.
March 7, 2014
The month of March is bringing us a circus-themed carnival at Disney Elementary School PTA. The annual carnival will be on Saturday, March 15, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the playground at Clark Avenue and Mariposa Street, opposite George Izay/Olive Park. Everyone is welcome to attend and share the fun. Bring your friends and family too. There will be a photo booth, rides, games, prizes, silent auction of wonderful baskets prepared by each classroom, and much more circus fun. This a way to enjoy your Saturday and help the school too, a win/win proposition all around.
July 20, 2002
Molly Shore Whether they are juggling balls, spinning plates on sticks or carefully walking on the tight wire, the children in the Jumbo Shrimp Circus, a six-week program at McCambridge Park, have one thing in common -- they are having lots of fun. Jessica Shinn, 12, would like to work in a circus when she grows up. "I think I'd want to do the high wire," she said. Kyle Clark, 7, said that twirling the Diablo, which is like a large yo-yo, is the most fun for him. But he hastened to add that he would really like to be a lion tamer.
August 20, 2005
Sarah Hill Juggling, stilt walking and balancing on a globe aren't just entertaining circus stunts, according to Burbank resident Donna Wood-Babcock. They are ways to build confidence and trust in the children who learn how to do them. Wood-Babcock, 42, the director of the Jumbo Shrimp Circus Academy, teaches classes on how to perform circus stunts to low-income children ages 8 to 12 twice a week at the Hope Street Family Center in downtown Los Angeles.