Why did Ted become a clown?
There was a void in the goof act when I jumped in. The act had actually been pulled from the show, and something was definitely missing. On a whim I said I would like to give it a go. Being Wilhelmina was somewhat of a fluke, because I just grabbed what I could find and I think Dan Weber was going to play the role of Butch. I ran out with a high pitched voice and my alter ego was born!
What was Ted’s favorite clown act that he remembers but did not participate in?
Watching Billy and Lance. Those guys inspired me and got my creative juices flowing!
What was Ted’s favorite clown act that the he participated in?
I will always be Wilhelmina!
I thrived on the audience participation
That first time playing Wilhelmina I felt this energy from the crowd and it was simply amazing and addicting! I thrived on the audience participation, and found that tying the show together with humor was crucial to the team’s success. The goof act is a central part of any good ski show.
The best part of the act was doing the hitchhiker with a full grown adult baby in tow.
My most memorable shows are goofing off with Phil and Stephen Smith. I recall a show in which Phil, Steve and I played a family and Phil dressed up as a baby sporting a diaper and baby bonnet. Stephen of course played Butch, he had a vintage outfit, including his signature tight green pants. The best part of the act was doing the hitchhiker with a full grown adult baby in tow. The act was so hilarious we had the crowd rolling with laughter at the end.
The aftermath of Wilhelmina
Being a Min-Aqua Bat and developing the role of Wilhelmina has continued to inspire me in life. I have continued to perform throughout my life skiing the clown act at the National Show Ski Tournament for other Midwest show teams. Playing the role of Wilhelmina has also inspired me to develop other characters in my acting career and to develop businesses around entertainment.
What I have learned from my days as a Bat, going all the way back to my tryouts is that we need to Aspire to Inspire!
I was fortunate to receive acting credits while living in Hawaii in TV, film, and national commercials. As DRACO, my Halloween alter ego, for the past 9 years I have directed and produced Southern Minnesota’s largest haunted attraction FRIGHT at the FARM at Willow’s Keep Farm. My newest acquisition and venture is resurrecting the Olde Pine Theatre in Pine Island, MN. In this 1930’s theatre we stage live theatre, hold medical benefits, present vaudeville variety shows, and promote the arts through drama classes or camps. What I have learned from my days as a Bat, going all the way back to my tryouts is that we need to Aspire to Inspire! Keep inspiring the next generation of Min-Aqua Bats.
I hope to see you all on the water this summer!