Annette (or “Miss Pockets”) has been a professional clown and clowning instructor for 30+ years. She has won numerous awards for clowning in Make-up, Character, Skit, Face Painting, and Balloon competitions at the Regional, National and World levels.
She specializes in hospital clowning and its therapeutic benefits. She has been recognized in many cancer publications for her work in the healing power of humor. Annette owns and operates “Funny Bone Props,” a business that sells hospital props for Caring Clown.
Annette performed at Disney World in 1994 with WCA. She was selected to be an Ambassador of the United States on a People to People ambassador program and was one of seven from the U.S. sent on the first clowning delegation to China in May and June of 1999. In 2000, Annette was inducted into the Midwest Clown Hall of Fame at the 27th Midwest Clown Round-Up. In 2013 Annette received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Midwest Clown Round-Up.
Annette lectures throughout the year at several conventions and seminars around the country. She had served on staff of Mooseburger Camp for several years and is very excited to be returning.
Clowning 101 MAIN COURSE (Tricia Manuel, Annette Darragh, Brittany Allen, Kristin Stewart)
Learn the funny art of clowning from the ground up. You will be introduced to make-up, costuming, character development, and performance skills. Their team-teaching approach will seamlessly interweave the skills that will start you on the road toward being a great clown. You will learn volumes in a short time! When you leave Moose Camp, you will have all the basics you need to begin your new life as a clown. If you have never put on make-up before, then Clowning 101 is the right Course for you!
NOTE: There is a $40 fee to buy the recommended make-up kit with all the necessary items to create both Auguste and Whiteface clown characters. There will be mirrors, containers of Q-tips and wet-wipes available for your use at the make-up table. Please know that we tried our best to put only the bare essentials in the kit and to keep it at wholesale cost. The kit we put together for you will be much cheaper than buying the same make-up separately in the Dealers Room.
Balloon Dècor for Fun and Profit (Annette Darragh) Fri. 2:00
Have you ever wondered how they make those beautiful balloon columns and arches? In this class you will learn how to make some extra cash by offering your clients some balloon decorating ideas for their next event.
Face Painting for Beginners (Annette Darragh) Wed. 4:00
This lab is set up to allow you access to the paints, try them out, and get some hands-on experience. It is a perfect way for you to find out if you like face painting. Annette will guide you through the basic brush techniques necessary to make your artwork pop.
Prosthetic Horns! – a Make it and Take It Lab (Annette Darragh) Thurs. 3:00
Come learn how to make prosthetic horns to enhance your face painting creations. In this hands-on class we will be making dragon horns, saber tooth tiger fangs, unicorn horns, etc. Great for cos-play too! There will be a $2.00 materials fee, payable to the instructor.