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Notre Dame College and its Performing Arts Programs will host a Guinness World Record attempt for the “largest soap bubble net.”

Gary Pearlman, known as Dr. U.R. Awesome, and Gordy Tobutt, called Glowby the Bubbler, will attempt the challenge on Sunday, July 25, at 6 p.m. on the Administration Building lawn at the College. The entrance to campus is at 1865 S. Green Road in South Euclid, Ohio.

Following the record attempt, the College’s Performing Arts Programs in collaboration with the 2021 Hillcrest Summer Concert Series will present a performance by the Akron Symphonic Winds from 7-8:30 p.m. also on the Campus commons. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Pearlman, who calls himself a bubbleologist, is from Northeast Ohio, and already holds 11 Guinness World Records. Tobutt resides in Chicago and has created a soap bubble that is approximately 23 meters, or more than 75 feet, wide. The net takes two people to operate.

Pearlman operates his own bubble artist entertainment service called Dr. U.R. Awesome.

“I take both a scientific and entertainment approach to my art. I enjoy designing events that bond and uplift both national and global audiences,” Pearlman has said. “Smiles are universal. I keep it educational, entertaining and enlightening and am constantly innovating. There is no limit. Smiles, wows and joy are my bubble juice.”

Tobutt’s Glowby the Bubbler also is an outdoor soap bubble entertainment service and a producer of professional soap bubble effects equipment.

“I don’t put on a ‘show’ per se. It’s a sort of interactive playtime, where everyone is encouraged to make and play with bubbles as they please. It’s like improv with soap bubbles. People in the audience are co-performers,” Tobutt has said.

The current record for largest soap bubble net was set by Pearlman, Tobutt and Steve Langley on August 18, 2019 in Orange, Ohio. The three created one that was 10.33 square meters or 111.27 square feet.

This is the second event the College’s Performing Arts Programs has hosted with the Hillcrest Summer Concert series. The Pop Tarts, tribute group to 1960s girls’ groups, played to more than 100 College and community members on the lawn on June 27.

The Hillcrest Summer Concert Series in Ohio is sponsored by the cities of South Euclid, Richmond Heights and Mayfield Village. South Euclid is the college town of Notre Dame.

July 2021

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