Anita is one of our most recent members. She teaching clowning in Kettering, Ohio and blesses us with any information that she gleans from conferences.
As a result of Anita’s enthusiasm and clowning skills The Association has awarded her with being an Area Representative for Kettering and surrounding areas.
Please feel free to congratulate her for the wonderful work that she is doing in clowning.
Just a recap of the FCC held in Indianapolis, Indiana on March 7, 8 & 9, 2012.
(It’s a Friday/Saturday workshop so we can be back to our home churches on
Sunday!) I was able to set up an AOAC display with brochures – about 12 or 15
were picked up. We will hope for the best!
The big name presenters were Toby KID, Dana and Jane
Abendschein and Angel Contreras. Other classes were taught by local clowns. I
can only give a review of the sessions I attended, but that should give you a
flavor of the types of classes offered.
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? taught by Toby
KID – An improv class with fun exercises to make you react quickly – don’t
think about it or you’ve lost the moment! (I am an analytical person by nature
– I am weak in this area and need more practice!)
GOING THROUGH A LOONEY STAGE taught
by Angel Contreras – We gained insight for our clown character/human cartoons
by watching a video of a cartoon and playing out the facial and body
expressions that were on the screen, pausing to take a breath or to freeze the
action for a moment before moving on. A whole new way of looking at cartoons!
THROWING UP IN PUBLIC/JUGGLING AND SPINNING
PLATES with Toby KID – “If you can throw up more objects than you
have hands and catch them 1-2-3, you are a juggler.” Well, maybe that is
stretching it a bit…but he actually called me a juggler! Again, this is an
area that I am weak in and am hoping to improve. Each time I get a tiny bit
better and then hit a plateau again.
SCHTICKEROLOGY with Angel Contreras –
Creative, funny, clowny ways to hand out stickers! Don’t just hand the kid a
FRIDAY NIGHT FACULTY SHOW the
Indianapolis community was invited to a free 2-hour show by our faculty. They
used a number of the kids in the audience to volunteer on stage. Good, clean
fun – a great family oriented show performed in the sanctuary of the church.
There were lots of laughs – I believe everyone had a good time! Paco performed
and got the audience’s inhaled breath “WOW” factor for his beautiful,
very heart-touching ending.
FACIAL ANIMATION with Angel Contreras –
(Take a mirror to class.) He drew a sketch and showed the different muscle
groups in the face and we practiced making faces in the mirror. He had a number
of exercises for us to do to react to different emotions. “70% of
conversation is body language.” (I am continually impressed by his
creative talent – he is one AWESOME artist/teacher/performer!)
20 MINUTE SHOW IN A 2 LB. BAG with Toby
KID – (When he started out clowning, he was riding a motorcycle to his events.
Everything was compact and packed inside a backpack he could wear. He has now
progressed to bigger shows, but keeps the backpack in his car “just in
Each thing leads to the next step, he used a colorful, collapsable catch-all,
when he was done with the prop it went into the catch-all to keep the stage
clear and make clean up easier.
BALLOONING THE SCRIPTURES with Ray
Williams – He showed us 3 or 4 presentations that could be used in a church
ministry setting using simple balloon creations. Great for the children’s
message and getting the adults’ attention, as well!
(I had attended several of Dana and Jane Abenschein’s
classes during the course of other workshops and enjoyed them very much at that
Due to conflicts of scheduling, I could not get to any of their sessions, this
time. Their session on Caring Clowning in the Hospital/Nursing Home is
wonderful – they are founders of the “Clown Docs of St. Louis” and
have a wealth of experience and information to share.)
Peace to you today and always, Anita “Folly”