Bob Brown Puppets do some clowning around Next week...

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March 01, 2001|By Tricia Bishop

Bob Brown Puppets do some clowning around

Next week, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls into town to perform at the Baltimore Arena. To get in the three-ring mood ahead of time, check out Bob Brown Puppets - the classic kind on strings. On Saturday, they'll perform a show called "Clowning Around" at the Loch Raven Mini-Library in Towson.

The show features antics by "trick" marionettes; they can roller skate, juggle and swing from trapezes. But the main attraction is the skill with which the puppeteers bring their subjects to life. Bob Brown, who founded the Virginia-based troupe, has been honing his craft for nearly 50 years.

In third grade, a teacher brought some marionettes into Brown's class for a demonstration, and Brown was immediately hooked. He started putting together his own shows and later, after high school, found work with Bill Baird's puppet troupe, which did the puppet scenes in the movie "The Sound of Music." Soon after, Brown developed his own company, which now tours the country.

The puppets have even performed at the White House - during the Nixon, Ford, Carter and Bush Sr. administrations. Pretty good credentials for a bunch of actors who might be described as wooden.

The show is 2 p.m., 1046 Taylor Ave. 410-887-4444.

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