The bubbles were flowing, and so was the laughter, as performers from the Big Apple Circus's Clown Care Unit delighted partygoers at Mary Jane and Charles Brock's house in East Hampton on Sunday.
The entertainment was a sampling of the good medicine the artists administer on "clown rounds" to pediatric hospitals and treatment centers around the country, one of nonprofit circus's several community outreach efforts. Ms. Brock is the vice chairwoman of the Big Apple Circus.
As the party drew to a close, the clowns climbed up on stilts, then led a procession down Main Street to Guild Hall, where some of the stars of this year's Big Apple show, "Metamorphosis," gave a preview performance at 5:30 p.m. The circus artists had come together for the first time for rehearsals just two weeks earlier. The afternoon served as an introduction to the good works and good fun of the circus and a benefit for both Big Apple and Guild Hall.
"Metamorphosis" is directed by West Hyler. Guillaume Dufresnoy is the circus's artistic director and Lynn M. Stirrup is its executive director. "Metamorphosis" previews in Virginia in September and opens for a three-month run at Lincoln Center on Oct. 17. A full schedule, a list of benefit shows, and details about the circus's other outreach efforts can be found at bigapplecircus.org.