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Mime workshop set

by: OWEN CAREY - Burl Ross, a founding member, principal performer and master teacher with the Oregon Mime Theatre, will offer two sessions of mime workshops, July 9 to 13 and July 30 to  Aug. 3. Two age groups are offered in each session: 6 to 11 and 12 to 16. Mime workshops featuring Lake Oswego resident Burl Ross will be offered this summer at the Lakewood Theatre.

Ross, a founding member, principal performer and master teacher with the Oregon Mime Theatre, will offer two sessions of workshops, July 9 to 13 and July 30 to Aug. 3. Two age groups are offered in each session: 6 to 11 and 12 to 16.  

The classes are described as follows: "How are Jim Carrey and Michael Jackson alike? They both studied mime.  (Jackson's "Moonwalk" is really Marcel Marceau's "Walking Against the Wind.") Push a wall, pull a rope, walk your pet dinosaur.

Ross reveals the secrets of mime illusion through a fast-paced, fun-packed series of theatrical body movement and physical comedy exercises. Students will use their new mime skills to develop and present mime vignettes of their own, for future performances onstage or off. (Sense of humor, imagination and human body required.)

The sessions will be held Monday through Friday from

9 to 10:30 a.m. for ages 6 to 11, and Monday, Wednesday,

Friday from 1 to 3:30 p.m for the 12 to 16 age group. Cost

for each one-week session is $110.

Participation in the workshops is limited and pre-registration is encouraged. Call 503-635-3901 to register.

The master class will be at the Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. A native Oregonian, Ross first became involved in theater at Beaverton High School. He later studied theater and mime with the renowned Dutch mime Francisco Reynders at Lewis & Clark College.

While there, he joined with Steve Knox (current Lakewood Center education coordinator) to form the Lilliput Players, a performing and touring children's theater troupe that used Lakewood Theatre Company as their home location.

After graduating from college, Ross became a founding member and principal performer with the Oregon

Mime Theatre, touring internationally for 10 years and appearing in more than 2,500 performances across 35 states, the South Pacific and Europe.

As a solo mime artist, he has toured and/or appeared with Young Audiences, the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been featured in numerous television programs and commercials, including "The Cindy Williams Comedy Special," "Nowhere Man" and "Dead by Sunset."

In 2011 he was featured

in the pilot episode of "Grimm" for NBC. Ross also spent a few years "hopping" across the country making live appearances as Little Bunny Foo Foo, recreating the role he plays in the nationally released children's video, "Wee Sing in the Big Rock Candy Mountains."

Live theater roles include several appearances at Lakewood Theatre, including King Louis XIII and multiple roles in "The Three Musketeers," Bartholemew in "Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollop" and the OTAS Award-winning performance of Franz Liebkind in "The Producers."

Other theater credits include roles with the Firehouse Theater, Oregon Children's Theatre and Musical Theatre Company. 

Since 1995, Ross has performed in a recurring role as "Fool" character in annual performances of the Portland Christmas Revels at the Scottish Rite Theatre. Most recently, he helped launch OPB's live-on-tape radio variety program Live Wire.



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