We’ve Got a Little Bit of Everything!
BJ The Clown
Mimi Shaw earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University in 1978. She Served s a high school and middle school drama teacher in the local school system for over 20 years. As the founder of a local business called Klown Kapers, Inc., she is more readily known as “BJ the Clown” in the Tallahassee area. As the brain child and founder of BJ’S Party House, The Children’s Musical Review, and BJ’S Buddies TV Pilot Productions, BJ has rejuvenated the children’s musical performances venue in the South East, and has provided educational work opportunities for hundreds of up & coming artists as well as produced quality educational live performances for thousands of children throughout her unique career. BJ’s BFA (with an emphasis on Musical theatre) includes acting roles in numerous Traditional Tallahassee venues including; FSU Main stage productions, TCC live Theatre productions, Tallahassee Little Theatre productions, WCTV commercial spots, local interviews, published articles (Tallahassee Magazine, Tallahassee’s Child), and a featured role in NBCs "Unsolved Mysteries” in 1999 (Missing Momma case).
Mimi founded BJ's Party House, The Children's Musical Review, and BJ's Buddies TV Pilot Productions. She has produced quality educational live performances for children throughout her unique career, and has performed TheatreTCC! And Tallahassee Little Theater productions.
Mimi trains and employs college students as artists and clowns, providing artists work opportunities through her educational programs for children in Leon County Schools and at community events. Nearly all of the income is given to the college students she employs. She volunteers countless hours in events serving local veterans, a cause near and dear to her hear (her twin brother and father are both veterans), and also offers volunteer services to the Girl Scout Council, the Autism Institute, the Alzheimer's Project, the Museum of Florida History, and others. In partnership with Goodwill Industries, Mimi collects, cleans, and distributes stuffed animals to children in the area. Mimi and her employees also developed an Anti-Bullying curriculum used in local schools.
Rosie The Clown
Julie is co-owner and master face painter and body artist for BJ's Party House. She has been professionally face painting for the past 17 years. Julie has taught at an international level for the past five years to other face painters and body artists from all over the world. She puts each face painting artist at BJ's Party House through a rigorous 3 month training process until their skill level is up to the high quality that is required. Julie has been a preschool teacher for the past 8 1/2 years. She specializes in painting and working with small children. Julie also teaches dance classes to children ages 3 to 5 as well as has a part-time job as a nanny. Julie's a.k.a. is Rosie the Clown Whom can be seen at all of the downtown get downs and also at Beef O Brady's in Crawfordville every Tuesday night. Julie is the daughter of the one and only BJ the clown.
Ceil The Mime
Ceil is a veteran performer of 20 years in many genres of performance art. A co-founder and instructor for this company, Ceil lends all of her talents to the advancement of the art forms we promote. Ceil is a beautiful and gifted sign linguist and high school teacher, as well as an amazing visual artist and professional Mime. Ceil and BJ became fast and solid friends while working together in rural Monticello Florida, under a grant sponsored by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (1984). Since that time this dynamic duo has produced 3 TV pilots together (13 educational scripts for the “BJ’s Buddies" shows), and have performed together for hundreds of corporate, educational and private events state wide. Ceils beauty, grace, & impeccable sense of humor is the counterpart to BJ’s silly, clumsy, impossible never-ending search for the answer to all questions. These two artists compliment one another like peanut butter does jelly! See these two dynamic artists at all of Tallahassee’s Downtown Get downs and featured at the Seminole Village at Landis Green along with Rosie the Clown (BJs daughter!) during the FSU foot ball season games!
Ceil also designs the amazing costumes for our performers as well as producing and creating ”all occasion theme decor" for our clients. Ceil specializes in Dance, modeling, and versatile vocal stage performances for all events. Ceil is well known for her incredible Balloon art and decor with Creative Custom Columns. Ceil can provide incredible, colorful, and "Creative Columns "of balloon art and arches for all events. Ceil is also available for Mural design work for: schools, homes, weddings, theater, churches, and much, MUCH more.
Ceil is also a professional sign linguist that works in the Leon County school system interpreting for deaf children of all ages.
Sparkles The Clown
Hannah DeWall is a Tallahassee native and she has been working with BJ's Party House since she was 16. In addition to her experience with BJ's, she has also received her cosmetology license in 2008. She specializes in face and body painting, airbrush, glamour makeup and hair. She considers it fun to mix all the different mediums to create the look her clients are looking for. She makes appearances as Cinderella or double as Sparkles the Clown and would love to come face paint and add that extra bit of color to your next party!
Maribel The Fairy
Maribel is originally from El Paso, TX; but grew up in both Mexico and the US due to having family in both states. Maribel is bilingual, speaking fluent English and Spanish. Growing up, she was always around children as she was the go to person for babysitting cousins. She has always had a passion for helping people and art. It didn’t matter the medium, Maribel fascinated by it all.
Maribel moved to Tallahassee, FL in 2007 and has fallen in love with the atmosphere since then. While living in Florida, she has worked as a preschool teacher for 5 years, ranging for toddlers to VPK students. She currently has a full time job with the state; but takes time to volunteer at her daughter’s school and as a preschool teacher for her church. Because of her love of art and helping people; Maribel will soon be attending school to pursue a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy.
Tango The Clown
Todd also known as Tango the clown has been with our company since July of 2013. He is currently attending Florida State University as a double major in Psychology and Fine Arts with hopes of pursuing Art Therapy.
Todd has volunteered with his church in teaching vacation Bible school along with coaching boys and girls soccer. Todd is a face painter, a character, as well as a photographer, and does not hesitate to learn as much as he can from our company in order to add to his artistic skill set.
Ashley The Clown And Princess
Ashley has been with the company since April 2015. She enjoys providing character work for the company as it can bring imagination to life and smiles to children's faces. Ashley appears and performs as an array of different characters. As such she often sings during her appearances.
Ashley has been involved in music and dance all throughout her life. At a young age she was involved in chorus and quickly ventured into her dance career. She is experienced in dance styles such as tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary and pointe. She has also assisted teaching dance to young children. Ashley takes pride and satisfaction from teaching the youth. During her employment at Home Depot she was the Co Captain of the Kids Workshops, where she coordinated and directed the workshop events.
Ashley loves drawing portraits and due to her creative whimsy and eager to learn she is actively improving her face painting skills. Ashley also offers glitter tattoos, games and activities. She would love to make an appearance at your party!
Lauren The Princess
Lauren is a Psychology major at FSU, but she is no stranger to the entertainment world. In the Fall of 2015 she performed in A Christmas Story as Esther Jane at TCC’s Turner Auditorium. And in the Spring of 2016 she produced her own play The Thompson House with Polyphonic Bonsai Productions. Lauren has been working for the company for a full year now, and she is so glad to have found it. The best part about her job is when she sees a child’s eyes light up when they see her.