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ALL COURSES CURRENTLY ONLINE HELD IN EASTERN TIME (OAKVILLE, CANADA)
Monday Night Drop-ins for “everybody” (free) 7:00pm ONLINE
At Oakville Improv, we offer a range of improv workshops. To dip your toes, you may want to visit our “drop-in” class on Monday nights. This class is free but if you register we can make sure the curriculum that night fits the number of people attending.
April 2021 ONLINE
Each class below includes 8 sessions at 1 and a half hours each. Each set is $145 (including HST). If you are having financial difficulties because of the lockdown, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. Bursaries are available unconditionally.
KIDS 1 (8-10yrs) Mondays from 4-5:30pm EST
Starts April 26 – June 21st NEW TIMES
No classes on Victoria Day weekend.
YOUTH 1 (11-13yrs) Tuesdays 4 -5:30pm
Starts April 27th- June 22nd NEW TIMES
YOUTH 2 (11-13) Saturdays 1-2:30pm
Starts May 1st – June 19th NEW TIMES
This course is for students who have been selected for more challenging work.
NO CLASSES VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND
TEEN 1 (13-17 High School) Saturday 3-4:30pm
May 1- June 19th (NO CLASSES VICTORIA DAY WEEKEND)
Teens JAM. Sundays 8pm. FREE.
This is open to our more experienced performers. If you have experience improvising and would like to join us let us know!
TEEN SKETCH CLASS: From Page to Stage with Gary Pearson
ONLINE. The next hot sketch comedy writer is YOU!
TBA – A participants waiting list is available.
Gary Pearson’s From Page to the Stage, will break down how a premise for a comedy sketch works, how the jokes come from the characters and situations and how you can mine various strategies to write sketch comedy that tells compelling stories and has big laughs. In class group work will be part of the fun, where your ideas are supported and enhanced by your peers. You will explore ideas and sharpen what is funny about them in character monologues, relationship scenes and movie, commercial and song parodies. It is all done with the leadership of Gary Pearson, with many sketch stage shows on his resume including The Second City Mainstage in Toronto and The Chumps. Gary has writing credits on over 280 half hours of TV, including MadTV, Corner Gas, 22 Minutes and Sunnyside. The class culminates with you and your classmates reading your material at a live Moonshine performance.
You must have permission to take this course.You need High Speed Internet to join. Camera/mic.
About our Youth Improv Workshops
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 is 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.
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
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.
Accelerated 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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org