UPDATE AUGUST 23rd, 2021. We are working together with the Town of Oakville and QEP (Community and Cultural Centre) to bring back some "in person" classes to adults and children at the end of September, beginning of October. We will have our first "Drop In" in person on October 18th, in our regular "Music Room 1". Stay tuned for details and ... changes. EVERYTHING IS FLUID - including sneezes, so be careful out there! Mask up and vax up for the love of your fellow humans.

YOUTH CLASSES


WE WILL BE MOVING TO TWO STREAMS IN THE FALL (ONLINE AND IN PERSON AFTER THANKSGIVING)
PUBLIC HEALTH RESTRICTIONS WILL APPLY – MASKING, SMALLER CLASS SIZE, DISTANCING AND BREAKS FOR VENTILATION
FULL REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN IF LOCKDOWN OCCURS PRIOR TO CLASS WITH THE OPTION OF SHIFTING TO ONLINE AT THE SAME TIME PERIOD
IF LOCKDOWN OCCURS DURING COURSE, WE WILL REFUND THE REMAINING AMOUNT, IF THE CHILD DECIDES NOT TO OPT INTO THE ONLINE VERSION.

COURSES CURRENTLY ONLINE ARE 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.

After Thanksgiving when (if public health guideline continue to allow) we move to “in person” at QEP, Online Drop Ins will move to another night, but we will keep it going.

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STREAM ONE – ONLINE

FALL ONLINE 

Each class ONLINE class is 1 and a half hours. Students must have a light in front of their face, High speed internet and a mic (the one from their computer may work fine but headphones and a mic do help).

If you are having financial difficulties because of the lockdown, please do not hesitate to ask for assistance. Bursaries are available unconditionally.

Email us if YOU have any questions!

 

Combined Youth Class (8-12yrs) ONLINE SATURDAYS
10-11:30am October 16th -December 11th 
$160 (cap of 10)
Students will practice the exercises and games developing improvisation skills (agreement, advancing ideas, team play, theatrical skills)
Final Showcase will be an online private show for parents and friends.

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OPENING UP A SECOND CLASS IF SATURDAYS ARE FULL 
10-11:30am October 17 – December 12th
$160 (cap of 10)
Students will practice the exercises and games developing improvisation skills (agreement, advancing ideas, team play, theatrical skills)
Final Showcase will be an online private show for parents and friends.

REGISTER

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!
If you don’t have experience but would like to try ALSO LET US KNOW! 

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STREAM TWO – IN PERSON


KIDS CLASS (8-10 yrs)
QEPCCC 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville L6L 3L5
October 18th – December 13th 4-6pm 
$245 CDN 9 Sessions MU1
CAP 8 Students. 

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YOUTH CLASS (11-13 yrs)
QEPCCC 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville L6L 3L5
October 19th – December 14th 4-6pm 
$245 CDN 9 Sessions PR3
CAP 8 students

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TEEN CLASS (13-17yrs – High School)
QEPCCC 2302 Bridge Road
Saturday 1-3pm Starting October 16th
$245 CDN 9 Sessions 
CAP 8 students

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AND IF NUMBERS ALLOW …

ONLINE TEEN SKETCH CLASS: From Page to Stage with Gary Pearson

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.

 

 

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

 

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.

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

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

Nine students between 11-13 yrs of age improvising in front of black flats covered with giant snowflakes
Instant Holiday (December 2019) Youth Cast.