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September 23, 2018

The McCrobie Building will be the Venue for Pantomime Man


Submitted by the Children’s Board of Oswego

Dan Kamin, the Pantomime Man.

Dan Kamin, the Pantomime Man.

OSWEGO – The McCrobie Building on Lake Street will be the venue for The Pantomime Man!

On Saturday, February 5th at 3pm, in conjunction with Warm Up Oswego, Children’s Board of Oswego, NY, Inc. and SUNY Oswego’s ARTSwego Program present, The Pantomime Man, also known as Dan Kamin. This free event for children in grades 3 thru 6 has been described in a teacher’s guide to the performance as demonstrating “… how the audience becomes an important part of the show in live theatre. Students affect Dan Kamin directly by doing things such as blowing him off the stage or beating him at tug-of-war with an invisible rope. They also become actively involved by listening carefully as Dan guides them through pantomime movements, and by watching closely to see how he creates his illusions. In this way, children learn the basic rhythm of theatrical give-and-take. They learn that they become the “soundtrack” of the show, and that the performer is listening. They also see how theatre is based on pretending, something they do very well already.”

Borrowing from his website, “Dan Kamin performs worldwide for theatres, colleges and symphony orchestras. On film, he created the physical comedy sequences for Chaplin and Benny and Joon, and trained Robert Downey, Jr. and Johnny Depp for their acclaimed starring performances–Downey was nominated for an Oscar, and Depp for a Golden Globe Award. He also created Martian movement for Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! and played the wooden Indian come to life in the cult classic Creepshow 2.”

“Despite these impressive credits, Dan’s artistic beginnings were humble. At age twelve he began his performing career as a boy magician, struggling to entertain audiences of hyperkinetic, sugar-crazed children at birthday parties. Attending Carnegie Mellon University to study industrial design, Dan’s hopes for a normal life evaporated when he saw the eye-popping movement illusions practiced by master mime Jewel Walker. He promptly became the sorcerer’s apprentice.”

“We are proud to bring this wonderfully funny, child-oriented performance to be part of the Warm Up Oswego festivities,” commented a Children’s Board member. “The performance is free of charge and seating is available on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to get there early.” Children’s Board of Oswego, NY, Inc. is a not for profit organization that through fundraising and donations is able to provide free artistic performances for children, scholarships for High School seniors, and to assist families with children who have fallen on hard times. This performance was also partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and The Pew Charitable Trusts; and administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; and the New York State Council on the Arts through the Cultural Resources Council.

For more information about the Children’s Board of Oswego County, Inc.,

contact Board President, Tanya Baum at 591-8701/ [email protected] or visit their website at www.oswegochildrensboard.com.

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