SILENT COMEDY: (Hands On)Through some hands-on exercises, you will learn how to use body gestures, facial expressions and emotions (no words, but some use of sounds) to communicate and entertain your audience.
STAGE PRESENCE: (Hands On) Part One Take control of your audience and keep them engaged throughout your performance. Recover from any mistakes or audience interruptions. Learn to perform to them, with them and for them. Learn the basics of stage direction. Part Two ~ Bring a routine you are working on to practice skills learned Stage Presence part one.
PARTNERS IN COMEDY Part 1 & Part 2: (Hands On) Two Seperate Workshops Part 1: working with a partner - Part 2: working with the audience. Whether you work as a solo act or with a partner, this workshop will teach you simple techniques to bring out the best of your partnership or an audience member volunteer.
PHYSICAL COMEDY: (Hands On) Add dimension to your character with simple physical comedic movements. Physical comedy will help to animate your character and engage your audience. Whether subtle or aggressive comedy movements, it will serve to enhance your act.
STROLLING ENTERTAINMENT: (Lecture/Demonstration) Use a hat, an umbrella, stickers, and other various props to entertain people while strolling at fairs, festivals and other events.
CREATING THE CLOWN CHARACTER: (Hands On) A clown is an extension of who you are. Learn how to develop and understand what makes a comedic character. You will learn how to create and discover your character by first exploring who you are.
HOW TO BE FUNNY: (Lecture/Demonstration) Being funny is by far the hardest thing we do as an artist. Anyone can try to be funny, but unless you understand how to connect with your audience, and with yourself, you are only trying to be funny. And, trying is not being funny.
Learn to Compete; Its Educational! this session we’ll explore the benefits of competition in make-up, costume, skits and performance. The instructor will share her viewpoints from both a competitor and a judge’s perspective. We will review completed and actual judges score sheets for make-up, skits and performance competition categories.
Clowning 101: The Basics: This course will provide lecture and an opportunity for Q & A on the Basics of Clowning. Topics discussed will be; Clown Types (make-up & Costume), Character Development, Entertaining and Clowning Venues.
The Simplicity of Clowning: In this class the instructor will cover the important concept of keeping our clowning simple, real, and enjoyable for all. Discussion and demonstration will cover ways of applying simplicity to our make-up, costume, walk-arounds and our clowning in general.
Routines for Audience Participation: This session covers the very important issue of selecting good audience participants of any age. The students will learn at least three activities/routines to use with audience participants.
Walk-Around Fun and Comedy Antics: Learn to clown around using comedy antics that bring out your clown character’s personality. This class will cover walk-around clowning with silly props, gags, pocket magic and anything and everything around you. Demonstration will include incorporating simple comedy antics and playful fun to your walk-around clowning.
Pocket Magic for the Walk-Around Clown: This session teaches an array of easy-to-do magic tricks that can come out of the pocket and be presented in close quarters with the audience. Emphasis is placed on effects that require little or no reset for the next performance. Impromptu effects that can be made at home or inexpensively purchased will be presented.
Witnessing with Gospel Illusions: This session emphasizes how to witness and share the Gospel using simple illusion effects. The session covers how to use close-up effects for personal witnessing as well as how to use illusion effects in group settings. Additionally the course includes simple guidelines that will help a person share the message of Jesus Christ.
Showmanship and the Art of Clowning: Why do some performers look more professional than others? Often it’s not what they do. It’s how they do it. This lecture on showmanship by theatre director Bruce Chadwick covers basic acting and performance techniques that will add polish and professionalism to any performer’s routines. Focus and control of attention, basic stage directions, special staging problems with assistants, positioning of volunteers, foot stance, crossing, body posture, stooping positions, pointing, body language, and basic blocking techniques are all covered. Clowning routines will improve drastically after taking this course.
Clowning and the Birthday Business: It has often been said, “If you want to be a successful clown, learn to do a good kid show!” Every child has a birthday and there is no reason a performer’s calendar shouldn’t be full. Professional entertainer Bruce Chadwick will share performance tips, tricks, and ideas that he has used to entertain birthday audiences for over 40 years.
Adding Magic to the Clown Act: Bruce Chadwick will teach some of his pet magic routines that he has used professionally for many years. Good solid entertaining magic effects and routines will be taught. Designed for both the beginner, amateur, and professional.
Red Nose Reader!- Learn what it takes to really make a difference in your community with a terrific new program. The Red Nose Reader literacy program will help you get into classrooms to show kids what real clowns are all about AND help them fall in love with reading! Be a part of this great new movement to share the love of clowning and reading right in your own community.
Lite Auguste not Lazy Auguste! Lite Auguste make is all the rage. Be sure you know how to do it properly. Cutting corners is not what this style of make-up is all about. Pricilla will demonstrate how to do a Lite Auguste face with all the techniques necessary so you look professional and not like a slacker!
Why Clowns Matter: To clown today you need a thick skin. Too many scary images in today’s media and rude people make us wonder if we should keep clowning around. Learn ways to keep your performance relevant, what to do with hecklers, and people who just don’t understand what we are all about. Great ideas for self-encouragement and what to do during tough meet and greet situations!
Clown Costumes that Work! Let Pricilla Mooseburger give you tips and ideas on your clown costume! Whether you make your own, have it made by someone else or buy readymade costumes, there is a trick to putting together a costume that works. Pricilla will help you put together a look that works for your clown character. Bring in pictures or costumes for extra expert help on how to have a great look!
Learn Clown Movement through Basic Skits: Skits are fun! Learn some basic skits AND comic movement skills you can use to liven up any performance. Moving like a cartoon brings extra laughs and more fun for you. Scripts included in class