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Originally published in Compass, July 31, 2014
Storytelling festival includes ‘Clowning Around’

The world is filled with countless stories—and countless ways of telling them. On Friday, August 8, at 7:15 p.m. in Emerson Hall in Castine, enjoy an array of stories with celebrated physical comedians Kenny Raskin and Randy Judkins as they present A Night on the Clown. At 10 a.m. the next morning in Castine’s Witherle Memorial Library, join the two performers for a Clowning Around workshop to sharpen your funny bone. Preregistration is required.

For the past 35 years, Raskin has made a name for himself as a leading physical comedian, both in the United States and Europe, delighting audiences with a unique blend of theatrical pieces and clown characters. He starred as the lead clown Everyman in Cirque du Soleil’s Nouvelle Experience, and originated the role of Lefou, the comic sidekick of the villain Gaston, in the Broadway production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, according to a news release from the Wilson Museum.

Judkins is a seasoned, professional, new-vaudeville stage performer, a visually engaging motivational speaker, a highly interactive team-building facilitator, an educator who entertains, a coach for presenters of all kinds, a tour guide, and a proud father of a medical student son and a French dancer daughter.

A Night on the Clown and Clowning around are just two of 19 programs offered during the second annual Storytelling by the Sea festival in Castine. For a full schedule of events and prices visit