STOP PRESS! Exciting news! Happy’s Circus are coming to Leonard Stanley School. Save the date – Thursday 18th July 2019 at 6pm (the day before we break up :+). We have arranged for them to come and hope this will be an amazing experience for the children at our school, other local schools and the wider community. Early Bird Tickets will be on sale very soon and we will be promoting over the next 12 months. We hope to see you there!
Happy’s Circus is a family owned, small professional all-human show touring the UK, dedicated to bringing the enchanting world of circus to schools & charities.
“The show was fantastic. The team was incredibly efficient and friendly. I cannot fault Happy’s Circus in any way from start to finish. Was extremely pleased with the event all went very smoothly.”
“This year’s show was the best. Although the weather was terrible this did not spoil the show at all. The staff were very accommodating. The parents loved the show lots of hidden adult humour.”
“We made £2900 profit from the evening. To make such a lot of money on one evening is fabulous – but to also send 600 people away happy is something very special.”
“Comments from the parents said it all. “Best event our PTA have ever put on at the school”
“We thoroughly enjoyed the circus and have had great feedback from everyone who attended. The staff on the day were very friendly and efficient, knowing exactly what to. We would high recommend.”
Background of the Show:
In 1992 Russ was approached by his children’s school PTA who were looking for a different way to raise funds for the school. Russ put together an entertaining Circus Show. The event was such a success, he realised that if he could do this for one school, he could do it for others. He was inspired to develop a winning formula for a show to raise substantial funds for schools and charities. Over the many years of touring, Happy’s Circus has evolved into the popular first rate show it is today with loyal clients and a huge social media following.
Happy’s Circus is now enjoying its third decade of touring. Russ and his growing team have performed to audiences of hundreds of thousands and in so doing have raised millions of pounds for PTAs and charities across the UK. They have also provided shows for high profile events including TV & radio.
Russ says: “We were the first circus to tour schools and our mission statement is to:
• Assist schools to raise much needed funds in a stress free, interactive and effective way
• Provide an educational happy experience for children
• Make schools the centre of both learning and entertainment within their community
• Introduce new audiences to the tradition of Circus and the Performing Arts
• Use Circus as a medium to entertain communities with little access to the Performing Arts
• Above all to make everyone’s day a HAPPY one! “
During the summer holidays, Happy’s Circus performs at numerous events. At Christmas the Randelles are involved in staging/performing shows, circuses and pantomimes across the UK including their original production Santa’s Circus which is a series of stories about the adventures of Father Christmas.
Russ (Happy) Randelle has followed in the footsteps of his father who performed as Clown Ki-Ko with Walker the Dog appearing on Billy Smarts Circus in the 1940’s – 50’s. Russ, a former Royal Marine has been an entertainer virtually all of his life. He started work in Children’s theatre, then worked in shopping centres, at children’s parties and performing street theatre.
He has also worked in comedy bands, dance troupes, at Butlins, Warner Haven Holiday Camps, Santus and Zippos Circuses plus radio and TV. He is the recipient of two prestigious International Clown Awards. At Christmas Russ has performed as Santa in Santa’s Circus and as Dame in several pantomimes across the UK.
Pip Randelle began his career at the age of two and over the years has developed into a multi skilled accomplished performer and musician whose repertoire extends to comedic pantomime roles and guest appearances on other Circuses. Pip is Artistic and Technical Director of Happy’s Circus. He has also contributed to both writing, directing and performing at the Easter and Halloween shows at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth.
In 2013 and 2014 Pip starred at the Hippodrome Circus Christmas Spectacular alongside Jack Jay, undertaking the role of lead comic to rave reviews. Christmas 2015 found him appearing at the famous Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park London, the largest Christmas Market in Europe. As a young entertainer in his mid-twenties Pip is well on the way to International success… Watch this Space!