VAUDEVILLE ARTS ACADEMY
part of the Acorn Acting Academy
Aerial arts, magic, juggling and clowning
taught by Janette Hough-Fertig, Norman Ng, and Michael Trautman
A three-month class designed for middle and high school students who wish to be the next generation of Phyzgig stars
The class consists of introductory training working on the trapeze, performing sleight of hand illusions, and mastering the basics of juggling techniques. The instructors are all working professionals in the Portland area with extensive teaching experience who have toured nationally and internationally. Participants will receive instruction over three 90-minute sessions from each teacher, with a final showcase performance for family and friends in the Acorn Studios.
presently teaches flying theater at the University of Southern Maine, for the Breakwater School, and at Acorn Productions! Also an Aerial Yoga instructor, Janette has studied how to prevent injuries and safely spot young aerialists with Elsie and Serenity Smith of Cirque du Soleil fame and through Aircat Aerial Arts' sling aerial yoga teacher training. She studied flying improvisation with Aerial Dance pioneersTerry Sendgraff and Nancy Smith, then went on to perform with theatre companies Pig Iron Theatre, Sebastienne Mundheim, Theatre Circ, Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, and Trapezius Aerial Dance. She is presently the Artistic Director of Apparatus Dance Theater. www.apparatusdancetheater.org
started his interest in magic when visiting a magic store at the age of eight in his hometown of Portland, Maine. Since his humble beginnings he has performed all over the country and has been widely recognized for his magic and his contributions to the magic community.
His show, “The Norman Magic Experience,” has been seen by more than 500,000 people live in 48 states in the U.S.
Norman has competed against the best magicians in the world in several magic contest held throughout the United States. Some of his awards and honors include:
• 1st place at Tannen's Magic Competition in Long Island, New York;
• 1st Place at the San Francisco Stage Magic Competition;
• 2nd place medal at the National MagiFest Competition in Columbus, Ohio;
• Voted to be a finalist at the legendary Society of American Magician's Centennial Stage Contest held in New York, New York.
• Norman was also awarded by the Society of American Magicians for his achievement and dedication to the art of magic.
Norman’s trademarks are his original and exciting approaches to the art of magic entertainment. He creates his own new magic effects and gives old tricks new and exciting twists. www.normanmagic.com
started out in life as a fairly normal kind of
person. After growing up in Springfield, Illinois, he attended William
Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri where he studied Political Science with
the intention of becoming a lawyer. After four years of college, Michael
decided that the legal profession was not going to be as much fun as he felt
one should have with their career, so he left school and started looking for
something to do that would be fun and fulfilling. In 1976 he took his first
Mime class, and in 1977 was invited to become a founding member of
Mimewock, a Kansas City based school and performing company. Since
then, he has been having fun performing throughout the world, and has
achieved a very high level of fulfillment from providing comic relief to
those in need. Variously identified as a visual comic, performance artist,
new vaudevillian, mime (gasp), physical comedian, storyteller, magician,
and fool, he claims only to be a clown...and not a very traditional clown at
that. He has appeared in such prestigious venues as the New York
International Festival of Clown Theater, Festival D’Ete in Quebec, the
General Jackson Showboat at Opryland USA, the Just For Laughs
Festival in Montreal, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
He was featured on WOW! The Most Awesome Acts On Earth, an ABC
Television Special, and The Statler Brothers Show on TNN. Obviously he
has little discretion. Michael was an Artist-in-Residence at Mabou Mines
Theater Company in New York City, and has also been an Artist-in-
Residence for the Drama Department of The Catholic University of
America where he adapted and directed Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi. In the
1999-2000 season, Michael was the star clown in the national tour of
OOPS! The Big Apple Circus Stage Show directed by Tony Walton. Since
the fall of 2006 Michael has had the pleasure of working with Mr. Walton
on the Broadway bound production of Busker Alley starring Jim Dale.
Recently, Michael has been producing, directing, and hosting The Big
Michael has been performing in schools throughout North America since
1976. He has given over 3500 performances of his highly acclaimed school
assembly programs. His originality as a performer and rapport with
audiences young and old have brought him a reputation as a performer
who is both hilariously funny and profoundly moving. He has been a
featured performer at The Calgary, The Edmonton, The Vancouver, The
Ottawa, and The Winnipeg International Children’s Theater Festivals. This
school assembly program is adaptable to any audience from K through 12. www.michaeltrautman.com