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Workshop of Whimsy

November 5th through 8th 2024

We both know that being a performer isn’t always glamorous – it takes grit, determination, and a whole lot of creativity to make it in this industry.

As entertainers, we’re constantly brainstorming new concepts, characters, and routines. But how do you know which ones are worth pursuing?

We’ve all had our fair share of ideas that sounded brilliant in theory but flopped in practice. There is only one pathto sort this out effectively:

  • Aspire to Improve
  • Seek Professional Guidance
  • Have Authentic Practice Sessions
  • Embrace Feedback

 

 

We have to master observation, pay attention to the little details – the smiles, the laughs, the moments of silence. We have to breathe with ease and at the right time.
That’s why I created the four day Workshop of Whimsy!

  • Connect with an audience
  • Upgrade your stage craft
  • Invest in Practice
  • Refine your performance skills
  • Complete two 1:1 reviews with the director

 This is going to culminate in a showcase at a vibrant family cabaret venue, where you’ll have the opportunity to perform before a welcoming audience.

Throughout the workshop, you’ll master the essential techniques of engaging with your audience, fostering genuine rapport, and maintaining their interest throughout your performance.

Additionally, we’ll share invaluable insights on effectively collaborating with volunteers, ensuring a seamless and enjoyable experience for all involved.

All you have to do is come prepared with a family-friendly act of your choice that you’re eager to refine and showcase.

Your performances will be recorded for you, providing you with valuable footage for your social media platforms and promotional endeavors.

Join us for a transformative experience where you’ll hone your skills and shine on stage!

Only 8 spaces remain! Tuesday November 5 to Friday November 8 2024

$949 CDN

Note: Accommodations and food not included. Payment plans available.

Developer, Instructor:

Drew Ripley

Renowned as an performing Balloon Artist, Drew Ripley has left his mark on stages. From intimate indoor theaters to expansive outdoor venues, private events, libraries, museums, schools, and more.

Drew’s creativity, absurdity, and versatility shines through in every setting. With three captivating shows in active rotation, Drew commands the stage with an impressive minimum of 150 performances per year, captivating audiences with his dynamic presence and innovative performances.

Drew is adept in the realm of promotional publicity appearing on national television and radio repeatedly. 

Instructor:

Danny Schlesinger

Danny has over 30 years performing experience and over 10 years of directing and coaching performers to make their shows be brilliant. With Danny’s extensive live performing background in circus, theatre, street and corporate entertainment Danny can bring theatricality to your show, character development and up your act stagecraft to increase rapport with your audience.

Previous Clients

Chad Jacobs as Chef Bananas (USA), Buster Balloon (USA), Dave Brenn (USA), Zivi Kivi (Israel), Drew Ripley (Canada), Cynthia Spurrier (Canada), Nicole Lulu (Canada), Christopher Lyle (USA), and more from Germany, New Zealand, France, and UK

“Having a stranger critique your show can be an unnerving experience. It’s a little like letting that person see you naked – warts and all.

“Our show isn’t just a collection of magic tricks. It’s a very personal creation. It’s an expression of who we are and how we see ourselves.

“Having just gone through this process with Danny Schlesinger, I can tell you that it was an inspiring and affirming experience.

“As a veteran entertainer, Danny shares a wealth of ‘real world’ insight and appreciates the unique challenges of being a working performer. He genuinely wants to help performers become more authentic and entertaining.

“Best of all, he listens well, is very personable and really easy to talk to.”

Anthony Lindan,
Magician, Toronto, Canada

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