John Lepiarz, a circus artist from New York City, demonstrates an air pressure experiment with an audience member during the Super Scientific Circus at Clayton County Performing Arts Center Tuesday. (Staff Photos: Johnny Jackson)
JONESBORO — John Lepiarz’s voice bellowed over the auditorium.
“Knowledge is power,” said Lepiarz, a circus artist with the children’s educational theater, Super Scientific Circus.
Lepiarz, out of New Year City, is assisted by mime Trent Arterberry of British Columbia in the circus designed to showcase the fun in science.
Local schools turned out with hundreds of students to see Tuesday’s show at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center in Jonesboro.
During the performances, students from first to eighth grade learn about friction, inertia, centrifugal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure and ultraviolet light. They watch and learn how to blow giant soap bubbles and how to put a needle through a balloon without popping the balloon.
Lepiarz is Mr. Fish, former Big Apple Circus clown, variety artist and master of ceremonies, a first-prize winner at the International Circus Festival, and featured performer on ABC and HBO circus specials.
Arterberry is an internationally traveled mime artist who has headlined on the QE2 and SS Norway and toured with Julio Iglesias and B.B. King.
Tuesdays’s Super Scientific Circus was presented by Theatre Now LLC, owned by Judy Frost of Knoxville, Tenn.
The next circus show is set for Thursday at Warner Robins Civic Center in Warner Robins. The show is $6 per person and begins at 9:45 a.m. For other ticket and booking information, call 800-923-2293.