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Vaudevisuals – 4 Years Old

Here are the post links from the November 2009 ‘First Month’ postings!

Jango Edwards – Clown: Formulas and Theory

http://bit.ly/1b3u8g8

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Handstand on the World Trade Center

http://bit.ly/16X7g0U

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Emmet Kelly and Lotte Brunn at Ringling – 1949

http://bit.ly/182TY37

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Interview with Michael Bongar / The New York Downtown Clown Review

http://bit.ly/Hz7fdA

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Mistress B and Magic Mike

http://bit.ly/1aT0oGp

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“Magic Mike” at the NY Downtown Clown Revue

http://bit.ly/1dDAAhK

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Jango Edwards visits New York

http://bit.ly/16wlg4w

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A Very Funny Man

http://bit.ly/18OxWR7

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Lord Buckley – A Rendition of ‘The Nazz” by Rod Harrison

http://bit.ly/18Oy3fm

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Before the BLUE MAN Group

http://bit.ly/1b3vcRq

 

 

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Best of 2010 – New York Clown Theatre Festival

Thinking about the upcoming 2012 Edition of the NY Clown Theatre Festival I remembered doing lots of photographs at the 2010 Festival. Here are some of the highlights from that great, fun Festival. Hope you will come out to this years!

Eric Davis hosting an evening of Clown Cabaret at the Festival.

Peter Musante and Summer Shapiro performing in the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Gabriela Munoz performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Butt Kapinsky performing on location for the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

Will Shaw performing at the 2010 Clown Theatre Festival

There were lots more clowns at the 2010 Festival and you can see them all here.

Consider attending this year’s shows as they are all new, from all over the world in a very intimate theater. THE BRICK.

For more information on the festival go HERE!

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The LeRoy Sisters host Clown Theatre Festival Cabaret – Sept.16th!

The LeRoy Sisters

(Aimee German and Jennifer Sargent)

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This rollicking variety cabaret had something for everyone. Let’s get goin to introduce you to the cast!

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CHANNEL ONE (Ishah Janssen-Faith and Emily James)

Ishah Janssen-Faith and Emily James crack up with the audience.

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THE LAST SHOW YOU’LL EVER SEE (Sarah Liane Foster)

Intelligence, satire, music and wit made up this delightful show.

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HARLAN the MAGNIFICENT (Quince Marcum and Tanya Solomon.)

The chemistry between these two could  light a molotov cocktail.

Cloris Flap (Tanya Solomon) is beginning to learn the ropes of magic.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE…ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE….Right? – Nettie Lane

“Look at me…yea look…where is the love coming from? Huh?”

A challenge for anyone! Including her creator Nettie.

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HOW TO GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS BY NOT REALLY TRYING – Zea Barker

A little uke and lots of great words make up this show!

What can I see over there? Is it something new and exciting? Probably not!

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MISERY IN B FLAT – Dreagn Foltz and Carol Lee Sirugo

Love prevails after many wild bouts of anger and physical acrobatics.

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SEND IN THE ANGELS – Denni Dennis and Clare Parry-Jones

Actions speak louder than words especially in a pillow fight.

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The wonderful hostesses The LeRoy Sisters

A message for the Audience to decide what change of clothes they should make.

Curtain call for a great line up of talent.

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The Kapinski Private Eye Academy – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

The Kapinski Private Eye Academy

It was a cold and windy night with a thunder storm. The rain came down.

The show had to move from it’s original location to under the BQE.

These photographs were taken as evidence that the show went on despite the weather.

Butt Kapinski heralded the crowd of spectators to gather together and peruse the situation at this new yet unknown territory.

Walking with the crowd checking out the clues.

What is going on here? Let’s find out.

Yeah. It goes like this! You need to ‘want’ to investigate.

This is what I am talking about! Concern and insight.

As the crowd watches on the real ‘threat’ hides behind the column.

This victim is squirming and shaking so much from the knives imbedded in his chest. What to do?

The lineup. The Audience. The students. The action is near!

The Private Eye Academy students watch as Butt Kapinski tells it like it is!

When all is said and done the detective and director walk off into the night!

Great show and a learning experience for all.

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Music scored and performed by Snaps Alden and Patrick Farrell

Security by Joe Kolbow, Johnnie Niel, and Ralf Jean-Pierre

Written by Deanna Fleysher, Eric Davis, Sarah ‘Snaps’ Alden, Patrick Farrell, Joe Kolbow and Johnnie Niel.

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Channel One with Ishah Janssen-Faith and Emily James – NY Clown Theatre Festival

This interview is with the creators and performers of the show CHANNEL ONE. Ishah Janssen-Faith and Emily James are the duo aka ‘James and JF‘. I had a few minutes before their show at The Brick to ask them a few questions about how the show came about and what their original idea was to create it. The show is part of the NY Clown Theatre Festival.

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CHANNEL ONE
This wild roller coaster of a show had me laughing so hard I found myself having trouble shooting the photographs.
It was broken down into sections. Each one was a ‘TV Show’ of sorts that takes place in the future.
I cannot comment on all the sections of the show except to say it was delightful, hysterical, intelligent and original.
I am posting the best images i have of the show for your perusal.

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Opening sequence of the show was really fun.

Karla’s Kitchen was a cooking show with flare and laughter.

Dancing on the cooking show. Wouldn’t that be fun!

Emily just had so much trouble getting her show to start.

Heidi’s show and she made you know it.

Another dance number – this time on Heidi’s show.

This is the show “He’s Your Man Now’.

Thinking about the issue at hand.

He is your man now!

Next up was a ‘healer’ show with Emily.

The duo had a funny show called THE MONO SISTERS.

Never able to complete anything due to their case of mono.

Curtain call for two very funny and talents women.

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Neon Lights – with Jeff Seal and Chris Manley – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

Right after their last show I got a chance to interview Jeff Seal and Chris Manley at the corner Mexican Restaurant.

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That is what we call ‘our vaudeville’. Hope you enjoyed yourselves!

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Shorty and Fatty’s Half Century Extravaganza – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

The show was a collection of performers that HAD to be at least 50 years old…IF not older!

The hostesses of the show were Karen McCarty and Deborah Kaufman.

Of course the IDEA for this foolish evenings festivities came from the mind of Jan Greenfield. (over 50 too!)

I had a chance to get to the theatre early and take a portrait of the hostesses.

Deborah Kaufman and Karen McCarty Host the Cabaret

They get the show on the road by dancing a number together to rev up the audience spirits.

Are you ready for the show to begin?

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First to start the show is Hilary Chaplain with her delightfully demented piece  THE DIVA.

Uh Oh…What show must go on?

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GORK (Michael Getlan)  the stage hand helps clean up the roses.

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The next act to appear in the cabaret comes from the wilds of Finland.

LILI’s HAIR AND BEAUTY PARLOR

Lily Sukula-Lindblom and audience member Bryce Kasson.

Innocent audience member gets her ‘makeover’ and responds!

The Final Picture for Hair and Beauty Parlor

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The ‘oldest mime in the world’ is Richmond Shepard.  He was there and performed a few comic mime pieces.

Comical stories with nice funny mimetic touches.

Richmond was an inspiration for many mime performers to follow.

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The show was not without disturbances. An act titled ‘Clifton’s Senior Moment’ turned out to be an impostor.

John Leo tried to get in on the show’s action but got pulled off soon.

Out you go impostor. Stay out of here!

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THE HOLE

Next up was the piece featuring Nancy Smithner(c), Therese Schorn (r) and Bernie Kramer(l).

It was a strange piece to say the least!

The young girl is being scolded by the grandmother for misbehaving.

After climbing down a ladder into ‘the hole’ they put on mask and play. They also pull out their tails.(?)

After playing they climb out of ‘the hole’ and back to the drawing room. Grandma reads them the bible.

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WILL SHAW sings ‘This Old Man’.

Very unique discussion of the lyrics during the song! lol

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JULIE GOELL performs ‘Feminity Tonight’.

Preparing a nice facial using uncommon ingredients.

A little egg on the nose is always good for the overall appearance.

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VASES with David Sharps

Not only is David an accomplished juggler and performer he also happens to be a captain of a sea vessel.

Karen and Deborah with signs.

David manipulates the small vase.

David with the very heavy and large chinese vase.

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BERNARD KRAMER performs “My Way”.

Singing Frank Sinatra’s  MY WAY as he proceeded to visually portray his ideas about his ‘way’.

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Mildred and Foo Foo

Here we had another example of a performer trying to ‘get in’ to the show even though he wasn’t qualified. (not 50+)

John Leo was remarkable in his never ending attempts to perform in the show.

(and his never ending array of wild and funny characters! Thanks for the hilarity JOHN)

The gig is over. They found out who you really are John Leo!

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THE AMAZING ZAKAHHR

featuring Michael Christensen

Michael has had a long revered career in the NY circus scene. Having performed in Europe with the one-ring circus’  he and juggling partner Paul Binder came back to NY in 1977 and created the BIG APPLE CIRCUS. Michael also created in 1986 the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit. One of the first season’s of the BAC Michael performed his new act with his new character The Amazing Zakahhr.

Now many odd years later he shows us again his wonderfully creative and off beat mind in action.

“Carnavorium bloodius maximus, the Latin name of one of the most remarkable and vicious creatures of the animal kingdom, the Long Haired, Silverback, Soldier Mole! The Soldier Mole, capable of burrowing through solid granite, having no known predators, this mole reigns supreme in the vast arid wastelands of the middle east.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your safety please remain seated!

We now present

The Amazing Zakahrr

And his trained Soldier Mole, Githha!”

Karen and Deborah help Zakahhr get curtain away for the entrance of his trained mole.

His head to the ground to hear the rumblings of his trained mole.

Exasperated by the effort to keep the trained mole from causing havoc on stage.

His arm under the carpet means only one thing. He is performing the finale  ‘grip of death’!

(he is taking a huge chance not to have his hand chewed off  by the mole Githha)

With a hand bloodied he comes out from beneath the rug ‘alive’.

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Final Curtain Call. All of the performers are ready for bed!

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Coney Island Chris – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

The New York Clown Theatre Festival presented the one…the only CONEY ISLAND CHRIS at The Brick Theatre in Williamsburg.

His ‘sideshow’ credentials come from an online course in ‘Side Show Tricks’.

He prepares his stage to begin his act of marvel.

What shall I begin with? I have so many things to share with you tonight.

He is a proud clown that holds the Certificate of Completion from the famous online school.

This was his ‘warm up’ trick. Catching his tongue in a rat trap!

He followed that with putting his hand in a fox trap. Ouch!

Swallowing a sword was next in line to impress the audience.

Innocent audience member gets to turn his head around and around.

He begins to show us the amazing and difficult tricks.

He begins to eat the clear light bulb. Claims it doesn’t hurt his stomach.

This special formula keeps his stomach from hurting.

Sad for Coney Island Chris that his last Finale Trick didn’t go as planned.

OUCH! lol

What an amazing display of skill and comedic talent!

Coney Island Chris was one of the Finalist on the top rated TV Show AMERICAS GOT TALENT. See a video of his act here.

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The Last Show You’ll Ever See – Sarah Liane Foster – NY Clown Theatre Festival Show

The NY Clown Theatre Festival presented a ‘premiere’ performance of Sarah Liana Foster‘s new clown show titled “The Last Show You’ll Ever See”.

Equipped with a trombone, several medleys of classical music pieces for the trombone, a voluminous knowledge of everything to discuss and a sharp sense of dark humor. Combined this produces a romp thru the inner workings of Sarah Liane Foster‘s creative mind. She commanded the stage with her wild exaggerated expressions alternating with trombone solos and diatribes on ‘the last thing you want to do.’

She arrives on stage ready to inform and perform.

Her face was remarkable in it’s sudden changes.

A bow is what is needed for this adventurer!

Sarah Liane Foster graduated with honors in creative writing from Brown University, after which she studied physical theatre at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre in northern California. Since then she has been creating, performing, and teaching movement theatre in Portland, around the United States, and internationally. She is co-artistic director of the Nomadic Theatre Co in Portland, and periodically leaves town to go on expeditions with Clowns Without Borders in areas of the world in great need of laughter. Around Portland you might see Sarah walking on stilts, eating ice cream, and biking furiously up big hills.

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How To Give Up On Your Dreams: By Not Really Trying – Zea Barker

The NY Clown Theatre Festival presented a ‘premiere’ performance of Zea Barker’s new clown piece titled “How To Give Up Your Dreams: By Not Really Trying“.

She explores the issues of failure and how the part of the “GOAL’ oriented population never hear about that as a possibility. Charming verbal banter and ideas about personal challenges and hardships.

Signs explaining her position on these issues hanging on stage.

She was making a dream disappear.

“You have to work it like this!”

A moment of agreement.

The curtain call was well deserved.

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