Chippy the Clown truly is the
little clown with a Great Big HEART. You see, even when wearing
her oversized clown shoes, Chippy is a few inches shy of 5 feet tall.
Chippy believes that clowning and bringing
joy to others comes from the heart... and her goal in life
is to bring joy, happiness and laughter to all the
kind-hearted people that she meets.
With her diminutive stature,
and a warm-hearted sense of humor,
Chippy makes an unimposing figure
that even those who are hesitant towards clowns warm to
Chippy creates a festive atmosphere that makes
it easy for children to smile, giggle, have fun and develop
their sense of imagination. It is through this process
that memories are made that last forever.
The role of Chippy the
Clown has been played by Helene Lyons at both public and
private events throughout southeastern Pennsylvania since 1989.
That year, while in attendance at a local parade, Helene noticed how
happy a young handicapped boy next
to her became when the clowns came
frolicking by. That moment inspired Helene to share her
own love and happiness through clowning. Later that summer,
she enrolled in a local clown school and the character of Chippy
Since that beginning,
Helene has displayed a
passionate dedication to growing her skills by seeking out and
attending workshops, courses, and conventions. She's received
training in magic, make-up, costuming, balloon sculptures,
face painting, classic storytelling and many other facets of
Helene draws upon this combination of personal
experience and training when playing Chippy, rewarding audiences
with laughter and joy.
Chippy believes in spreading love, laughter and joy
throughout her community, especially
to those who are less fortunate. That is why she belongs
to the local chapter of Clowns 'R US, a community service clown alley
located in Warminster, Pennsylvania. As part of Clowns 'R US, Chippy
has performed at charitable events to help raise money for holiday toys for
children as well as at hospitals, shelters, and nursing
homes throughout the northern Philadelphia Suburbs.
As a member of KIDabra,
The Association of Family and Kidshow Performers,
Chippy regularly attends KIDabra seminars and conventions to learn
new ways to improve her performances.