Jessica and Gary Ostrander’s performance as Living Statues was an audience favorite at ARTsMART 2009. They entertain and amaze by “coming alive.”
The couple trained in Southern California, earning their bachelor’s degrees in physical theater from Living Word Bible College after an intensive three-year study and practicum. The Ostranders specialize in mime, dance and living statue performances, adding a unique ambiance to events, private parties, weddings, birthdays, grand openings and festivals. As part of Don McCloud’s company of Living Statues, Jessica and Gary have appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed for the LPGA, IBM, Bloomingdales, Beverly Hills Hotel, Owens and Corning, Disney, Sony PlayStation3 and the Italian Festival hosted by the El Dorado Casino in Reno.
How long does it take to get into costume?
It takes about 45 minutes to get into costume and makeup for each show, and our performances typically last approximately one and a half to two hours with a 15-minute break.
What kind of body paint do you use?
We use a special body make-up made by Kryolan, a German company.
How do you keep from cracking up during your performances?
Three years of intensive training. Our classmates would get right in front of us and do everything they could to try to make us laugh. When you are acting, it’s important to not break character.
Tell me about some of your most memorable performances.
We end up in the most bizarre situations, like standing on a floating island in the middle of a swimming pool, posing as mannequins in department stores, and entertaining celebrities at private parties.
What is your favorite part of performing?
It is a mix between making people laugh when we catch them off guard and reminding others of the beauty of life.
For more information about performance art by Gary & Jessica Ostrander, call (760) 646-0125 or email email@example.com
ARTsMART is a program of the Shasta County Arts Council that brings together artists in all mediums to show their work and demonstrate their crafts. Artist Raette Meredith coordinates the annual event each October in the Mt. Shasta Mall.
Raette Meredith is a mother of three, artist, website developer and Americorps Vista volunteer for the Shasta County Arts Council. She conceptualized and developed Artazine and Artazine.org, an extensive directory of art classes in the North State.