Kids’ classes

 
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A.J. Vaage (from TV’s That’s So Weird) leading one of our kids’ classes on stage at the Black Box Theater.

Looking for cool activities for kids in Oakville? Oakville Improv has comedy workshops for kids of all types, ages 8-17. See the schedule waaaaay below!

Our workshops use basic improvisation techniques to help kids be engaged, get focused, and learn valuable presentation and acting techniques to get them talking to other kids, as well as learning to think on their feet with confidence.

Anxiety and stress is a huge problem for many kids these days. Some feel pressure to be perfect, looking for validation and success, and may be paralyzed at the idea of taking a creative chance in case it doesn’t pay off. With improv, they’ll discover a refreshingly different kind of experience. It’s a setting where “mistakes” are half the fun. Improvisers laugh at themselves. In this positive environment, failure quickly loses its sting, and that gives kids the confidence to make bolder and more imaginative choices. Just as sports like soccer, football and hockey build the body, improv strengthens the imagination and develops a person’s emotional resilience.

(My daughter’s) confidence now shines at school. She was a little reserved and shy, but not anymore … she tells it how it is and more! Her sense of humour has also developed into a fun and interesting characteristic we are all enjoying at home.

– Parent, Fall Session, 2012

But improv also great for kids who are already outgoing. The natural “class clowns” find an outlet for their quick wit. And the kids who love being the centre of attention enjoy the many opportunities for stage time, develop their skills to more professional levels, and learn how to shine their light on others.

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Some members of the Youth Class at QEPCCC

Instead of interacting with video games and smart phones, they’ll deal with people face to face, enjoying theatre games that encourage authentic play, laughter and personal interaction between kids.

Each of our workshop sessions ends with a casual and fun onstage showcase for an audience of friends and family. This is not an obligation, but most kids – even those who thought they’d be too afraid – usually end up choosing to take part.

It’s so much fun to hear people laughing, it’s addictive, and kids come back, again and again. Even the shy ones.

“(my daughter) certainly came away with more confidence and excitement than other extracurricular activities we have tried.  This transferred into her regular school work as well … her sheer enthusiasm every week for Improv speaks volumes about the leadership within the classes.”

— Parent of Fall Participant, 2011

Kids/Youth Class
Participants in the Kids Class will learn the fundamentals improv with an emphasis on accepting other people’s ideas. Exercises are designed to build spontaneity, teamwork, and storytelling skills. Students will create their own characters on stage and gain the self-confidence to show off their newfound acting talents. This type of acting class is valuable for beginners and a good refresher for those young actors who need to brush up on their spontaneity skills.
Hardcore Improv (Youth)
For acting students from the Youth Class who are ready for more challenging material. This class will focus more on story structure, building believable characters and stagecraft. Students from this class may be invited to perform at some of Oakville Improv’s regular shows and will be allowed to take classes with our guest veteran improvisers. Classes will be offered when numbers permit Criteria: Permission from the Workshop Director
Teen Class
The Teen Class is for students new to improv, as well as those with previous acting experience outside Oakville Improv. The workshop introduces actors to the fundamentals of storytelling. Exercises are designed to build spontaneity, teamwork, and storytelling skills. Students will will improve their abilities both to accept the ideas of others, and to come up with creative and funny ideas of their own. They will create their own characters on stage and gain the self-confidence to show off their new found acting talents

If you would like to learn more before you register, contact Amy McKenzie – amy@oakvilleimprov.com

 

SUMMER SESSION: JULY

KIDS and YOUTH up to 18: July 10-14 and 17-21 In collaboration with Oakville Suzuki Association … Register with Oakville Suzuki Performing Arts Camp: Here

AUGUST: Drop in Monday Nights for EVERYONE. This is not a kids’s class but kids are welcome to participate with their parents. 7-9pm $5.00 per person Adults/caregivers must attend with children.

FALL SESSION: SEPTEMBER

Kids (8-10yrs) September 16 – December 2,  2017 10am-12pm. 10 sessions. QEPCCC Program Room #3 2302 Bridge Road. $216.81 plus 28.19HST ($245.00 TOTAL) Register with Oakville Improv HERE. No classes on “Culture Days” September 30 or Thanksgiving weekend October 7th.

Youth (11-13yrs) September 16 – December 2,  2017 1-3pm. 10 sessions. QEPCCC Program Room #3 2302 Bridge Road.$216.81 plus 28.19HST ($245.00 TOTAL) Register with Oakville Improv HERE. No classes on “Culture Days” September 30 or Thanksgiving weekend October 7th.

Teens (14-17 high school age). October 4, 2017 Register through the Town of Oakville IRIS site in August.

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