Clowning Around... naturally

Sorry the image is so blurry... I don't think I stayed still for very long at all during this performance!

Sorry the image is so blurry... I don't think I stayed still for very long at all during this performance!

This is a pic my partner in crime, Ty Lowell (a brilliant actor at Brown) and I in the final performance of our clown class - in this clowning skit I love him so much that I use him as a human climbing frame. This class was probably the funnest, and definitely the hardest class I have taken at Brown. One of the exercises we did was called "Save the Circus", each of the students had 20 minutes or so in front of the stage ALONE, trying to make the audience laugh. The idea, as the title suggests is that the lions have got out or something and everyone else in the circus is preoccupied backstage while you are left indefinitely to take charge of the enjoyment of the audience members at last minute notice. No preparation was allowed AT ALL. It was a terrifying yet rewarding exercise however, as through it we earnt our noses! My only memory of my time on stage during the exercise was using my hair to mop the floor - should tell you a little bit about the nature of improvised clowning! If you want to read more though, check out, www.nyclowntheaterfestivaljane.blogspot.com which is written by my professor, Jane Nichols!