Arts and Entertainment

With underwear on her head, juggler's silly antics amuse kids

By MARGO HORNER

The Mirror

Laughter and squeals of delight filled the Federal Way 320th Library on Tuesday as Linda Severt of Edmonds performed her solo act “Juggletune Circus.”

Nearly 70 kids ranging from 1 to 12 years old crowded into the meeting room for the free afternoon show.

Severt, decked out in rosy pink blush and pigtails pulled through the leg-openings of the underwear on her head, kicked the show off with a song about fried lizards for lunch.

The kids loved it.

Severt’s juggling act was equally impressive to the kids, who clapped and begged her to do more.

While Severt claims to do a solo act, she did enlist the help of a couple of “friends:” her pet puppet alligator Ralph and Sweet Pete McBeat, a long-haired drum set head-banger who used the words “dude and “righteous” a lot.

With the help of McBeat, Severt played drums with buckets, a big plastic colorful barrel, an empty water jug and a tea pitcher containing a naked troll doll. Then she invited several kids to play in a band with her and gave them homemade maracas out of silly things such as empty urine sample cups and miscellaneous cans.

For her final act, she juggled while balancing and walking on a barrel.

“It was cool. When she played the drums she was really good,” said Nick Antonucci, who said he is 7-and-a-quarter years old.

Nick’s dad, Mike Anonucci, said he also had a good time. It was his first time going to an event like that at the library, he said.

Although his wife takes Nick very often.

Tiffany Sanyang, who brought her 3-year-old daughter, Binta, said that although she thought the show was too silly, her daughter clearly had a good time.

“It seemed very entertaining to the kids,” Sanyang said.

Severt started doing juggling acts for children 20 years ago, she said. Someone she met at a Thanksgiving potluck needed a partner, and she happened to know how to juggle.

“It wasn’t at all calculated,” she said.

She had a great time and eventually started her own business and went solo.

“It’s fulfilling because I’m inspiring kids,” Severt said. “It’s important for me for boys and girls to see a strong solo woman entertainer because that’s rare.”

Severt will be performing at other King County Libraries throughout the summer.

Funding for Severt and other entertainers planned for this summer comes from the King County Library System, which budgets for summer programs.

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