Entertaining fits this guy like a glove. That might be a glove puppet or a clown glove, because Christopher’s had a hand in both for over 45 years.
He’s equally at home backstage as a builder, writer, or tech, or in front of the stage as a director, or off stage as an instructor, trainer, or goofball. Christopher Hudert attended Ringling’s famed Clown College (Class of ‘82, with Tricia) and traveled with the Circus for 9 years working on all 3 units, serving 4 of those years as Boss Clown on 2 units. He continues to do Special Events, Promotions, and PR for the Big Show, and is enjoying his 30+ year association with them.
After traveling with the Circus, Christopher co-founded Applause Unlimited, an entertainment company serving the greater Mid-Atlantic area, specializing in professional puppet shows, stilt walking, and clowning. Christopher is also the stilt trainer and a talent coach for Halloween Haunt at King’s Dominion (a Cedar Fair Park). He has been a featured instructor at Ringling’s Clown College, Advance Studies in Clowning, numerous Puppetry Festivals, and at Clown Conventions and Alleys across the country, and most importantly, here at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp, teaching workshops on many aspects of both clown and puppet arts.
Christopher is the Stage Consultant for Puppeteers of America and serves on the Board of the National Capital Puppetry Guild. Tricia says that he performs the most delightful and heartfelt rendition of “The Velveteen Rabbit” to ever grace a stage.
Check out his company at http://www.applauseunlimited.com
His is accompanied by his daughter Candace, who helps out with Wake-up Wiggles and elsewhere around Mooseburger Camp.
I LOVE coming to Moose Camp. 100 or so ordinary people come to camp and wade into the experience, often until they are in WAY over their head, and they come out at the end of the week extraordinary people. It’s Clown Magic. As an instructor, coach, and director it’s a totally cool thing to share. And the best part is that I get as much out of the experience every year as the campers do. God bless Tricia. She cares so very much and runs one @#*! of a Camp with a well rounded program: Intensives, workshops, labs, one on one coaching, chats, special performances and more. If you don’t go, you don’t know what you are missing.
The Art of Working with Soap (Christopher Hudert, Fred Baisch) Thurs. 3:00
Observe former Ringling Boss Clown and circus soap gag performer Christopher Hudert and Fred Baisch turn ordinary bar soaps into the best clown cream pies you’ve ever seen! This dynamic duo will show you the ideal tools and supplies to use for whipping up the frothiest soap. Learn ways of incorporating soap into your clown skits large and small. Lots of entertaining stories about soap gags on the road with Ringling Bros.
Pack Small, Play BIG (Christopher Hudert) Thurs. 1:45
The little things that fit in your pockets, clown handbag, or backpack, when used in combination with the biggest, most portable prop you have (that’s you) will provide lots of entertainment. Toss in a secret ingredient (shhh, it’s the audience, don’t tell) and you’ll have more fun than you can cram into an hour. Great for walk-around meet & greet clowning or a show. Come join the fun!
Puppets Alive! (Christopher Hudert) Fri. 2:00
While the ‘breath’ of the puppet is important that, alone, is little more than life support. If you want your puppets to LIVE, you’ve got to give them CPR: Character, Presence, and Relationship. Come explore the simple, little things that help determine who/what the puppet is as a character, what makes it present and real, and how it relates to you and the audience. Together, these elements will bring your puppet pal (and performance) to life. If you have a puppet, bring it, but you can come alone, too!
Stilt Walking as a Clown or Other Character (Christopher Hudert) Wed. 4:00
Stilt walkers always stand out in a crowd and are someone to look up to, whether they are clowns, pirates, Uncle Sam, fantasy creatures, demons, or any other character. Sometimes it is a stand-alone skill, and other times it a skill that is part of performance. Christopher has been walking stilts and training stilt walkers for over 35 years. Come learn about the kinds of stilts, what it takes to walk them, and how to design a character and costume for them.