Behind the Scenes at the Big Apple Circus


Performers Fish (John Lepiarz), Oaf (David Casey), and Ben Williams with elephant Baby Ned getting ready for the show The Big Apple Circus Meets the Monkey King.

​Collection of Insignia Group, New York, NY


watercolor  30" x 40"  1990

Taso Checks His Tooth

Taso Stavrakis and Oaf backstage.             16" x 20"   gouache on board  2017

Waiting for the Cue


Acrobat Melinda Merlier waiting with Katje Schumann's  horse, Temujin for the cue to go into the ring for a performance of The Big Apple Circus Meets the Monkey King.


watercolor  32" x 30"  1992

​Four Sketches: from top left: Taso's Dog Lassie, Anna May and Baby Ned,

​View from the roof of the horse trailer, After the Show

Fish in the Mirror


Clown John Lepiarz in the costume trailer before a performance of the Big Apple Circus Meets the Monkey King



watercolor  30" x 27" 1990

Juggler Resting


Juggler from the Nanjing Acrobatic troupe resting on the ring curb after rehearsing for the tour of The Big Apple Circus Meets the Monkey King.


41" x 32"   gouache on board  1992

Paintings of the Big Apple Circus tour of 1989 The Big Apple Circus Meets the Monkey King

Paintings by artist Yetti Frenkel, who worked for the Big Apple Circus as a groom.

Images include:  Monkey King: Yang Xaio Di, members of the Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, 

Double Dutch Queen: Vanessa Thomas, Fish:  John Lepiarz, Oaf: David Casey, Taso Stavrakis, Melinda Merlier, Paul Binder, Katja Schumann's horses, Michael Christensen, Ben Williams with elephants Anna May and Baby Ned. Images of  horses from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.