Professional clown Alfonso Ralda performing with José “Toñito” Tumax, a youth who was rescued from the streets.

Street youth joined professional entertainers on June 16, 2012 to present a symbolic story of their lives and honor a fallen hero. Professional Clown Italo Castro, devoted himself to mentoring street youth and became a father figure to many – even opening his home to them. Sadly, he tragically drowned in 2011. In the wake of his death, a group of Italo’s friends committed themselves to continuing his dream and began meeting weekly to train and prepare for a theatrical event.

After five months of rehearsals and many setbacks, the cast presented their story on the grand stage of Teatro Abril in Guatemala City to an audience of several hundred people. Athentikos documented the rehearsals and the theatrical event as part of the Becoming Fools Documentary, which will release later this year.

Here is a short scene from the theatrical event, featuring professional clown Alfonso Ralda performing with José “Toñito” Tumax, a youth who was rescued from the streets. Stay tuned for more scenes from the theatrical event … and for the premiere of the documentary, Becoming Fools.

 

Prodigal Clown – Scene – 01 from Athentikos on Vimeo.

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