Upcoming SkillSets Workshops: Chicago Style Improv

Second City's touring company is in town doing a seasonal revue at Playhouse in the Park. If you haven't seen "Holidazed and Confused", you should check it out. If you're too poor, it's Second City's tradition to offer a free third set after their mostly written show. The free set is entirely improvised and is bursting with joyful energy.

Second City is known for being smartly satirical, and for casting some of the most talented comedic actors in the entertainment industry: Tina Fey, Keegan Michael Key, Steve Carrell, etc. They have three main stage companies, three touring companies, multiple cruise ship companies, and a vast network of training centers. Every Second City show also features a brilliant musical accompanist.

If you're interested in this style of improv, you will want to attend the next workshops on Saturday December 17th. These are special workshops being offered by members of the touring company cast (not officially by Second City).

Amy Thompson and Tyler Davis will teach "Improvisational Scene Writing" based on the Second City style of creating written scenes based on improvisations. This way of generating material has been the method used by Second City for over 50 years. This workshop starts at 10 am and only costs $20.

Brian Heveron-Smith will teach "Musical Improv", a class on how to create scenes that incorporate songs with an accompanist. "Emphasis will be placed on performers finding and maintaining strong character objectives as they use music to heighten the emotional stakes of the scene. Improvisers of all levels are welcome, and no previous musical ability or training is necessary!" This workshop starts at 1pm and is also only $20.

You can take both workshops for $35. Register below...

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