|Wilma Swartz The VENTertainer
A VENTERTAINMENT COMPANY
THAT WORKS WITH DUMMIES!
|SHOWS FOR ALL OCCASSIONS!
with Frankenfred &
Baron von Frankenfred
|March of the Wooden Soldiers
Thanks for sharing your time and wonderful talent with us. Your performance was
Members of the Activity Board
residents of Casa del Sol East
|Thank you for performing at the 2015 Maricopa County Fair.
We appreciate all of your time and hard work. You helped
make our fair a success! We hope you had fun, and we look
forward to seeing you again next year.
|The February General Meeting featured a ventriloquist from
our local area by the name of Wilma. In her act, she goes under
the title, Me And My Shadow". After our monthly meeting, she
spent a little over an hour with discussions with Pinelope and
even brought up some of our local residents to join in the fun.
I am sure that her style of humor and manner of presentation
was enjoyed by all. Wilma, many thanks for all of your hard work
and a great show. Melody Lakes
|On stage, when Pinelope begins her job action, Swartz improvises by
calling for volunteers from the audience. The human stand-ins are
instructed to open their mouths whenever she squeezes the rear of
their necks. Now, as Me And My Shadow, Wilma performs both with
Pinelope and a clutch of hand puppets, mostly at nursing homes,
elementary schools, and her church. Always she is Pinelope's fall guy,
the butt of a young tyrant's taunts. "I have to be the one who looks
like the dummy.", she explains. "She gets all the attention and
sometimes, when we're finished performing, kids will come up and
say, "You deserved it." Then I know I'm doing my job right. I've
created a real illusion. But on occasion the illusion is too real, as
children vent their troubles to Pinelope, "At geriatric homes", Swartz
marvels, "residents who regularly forget their doctors' names call out
to Pinelope on return visits. With this power," Swartz says, "comes a
sense of responsibility." Because children so closely identify with
Pinelope, at a school performance she takes care to strap her
companion in her car before driving away. (Though since she doesn't
own a car seat, she was stopped by a sharp-eyed patrolman on one