Circus Flora Clowns on Call visits St. Louis hospital.
Date: 2/14/2012 Album ID: 1415164
Photos by Erik M. Lunsford
Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer visits with children at Mercy Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. "In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection." Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. "In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible." Tuesday was the first official day for the rounds of Circus Flora Clowns on Call.
Shortly before surgery, Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer plays a soft song on her ukulele for Claire Dillon, 6, and her father Jim Dillon, at Mercy Children's Hospital  on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection. Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible. Tuesday was the first official day for the rounds of Circus Flora Clowns on Call.
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Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer visits with Rachel Markenson, 9, at Mercy Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection. Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible. Tuesday was the first official day for the rounds of Circus Flora Clowns on Call.
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Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer visits with George Gutierrez, 3, at Mercy Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection. Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible. Tuesday was the first official day Circus Flora Clowns on Call made rounds at the hospital.
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Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer prepares to meet with children at Mercy Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection. Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible. Tuesday was the first official day Circus Flora Clowns on Call made rounds at the hospital.
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Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer spins a plate with Isabel Honerkamp, 7, at Mercy Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection. Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible. Tuesday was the first official day Circus Flora Clowns on Call made rounds at the hospital.
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Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer plays a song on her ukulele at Mercy Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection. Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible. Tuesday was the first official day for the rounds of Circus Flora Clowns on Call.
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Circus Flora clown conductor Claire Wedemeyer entertains Richard and Heather Porter, along with their son Kaden, 3, at Mercy Children's Hospital on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Creve Coeur. Wedemeyer, part of Circus Flora Clowns on Call, makes weekly visits to children at Mercy Children's Hospital and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.  Wedemeyer, who moved back to her hometown of St. Louis from Chicago to take the job, said the work is a different kind of reward than performing on stage. In this setting, you have no choice but to make a connection. Averaging almost two dozen visits with children a week, Wedemeyer walks the floor with a wagon full of props, stopping to visit with patients. In clowning, there's a huge spectrum. In the hospital, I often go to the edge of the spectrum where my efforts are to create a performance as simple as possible. Tuesday was the first official day for the rounds of Circus Flora Clowns on Call.
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