Kids and Teens Fall for Improv with Classes at Second Storey Theatre


Second Storey Theatre Improv Classes Acting Port Coquitlam

Sometimes in the back-to-school rush, registering your kids for extracurricular activities is all just a little too much. With registration for some highly competitive classes starting during the summer vacation when many families are away from home, getting all signed up is even more challenging. If your kids or teens are still on the hunt for something fun to do this fall, you’ll be glad to hear that there’s still time to sign up for Second Storey Theatre’s popular improv classes for kids and teens.

When you walk into an improv class at Second Storey Theatre you’re hit with an extreme dose of silly energy and enthusiasm for the spontaneous. Kids and teens walk confidently around the theatre, changing from character to character on the suggestion of a random word or a body part. Ten minutes later they are using their bodies to create a giant toaster as a group – and two students quickly run into the middle and jump up and down to become toast.

“The students in our classes quickly realize that a lot of skills need to be learned in order to be a strong improviser – you need to learn how to act, how to create characters quickly, do mime work, tell stories on the spot, collaborate with others, accept ideas – and ultimately how to fail happily in front of people. Improv comedy is all about failing and being okay with it. The best moments are in the mistakes,” says instructor Jennifer Pielak.

Developed by Jennifer, these improv classes for kids and teens have been successfully running for just over a year at Port Coquitlam’s Second Storey Theatre. “Second Storey Theatre is the perfect space to learn improv – it has a community feel to it where students are also exposed to professional improv performers and can watch the all-ages weekly improv shows put on by the theatre’s Main Stage cast. Plus they get to also perform on the same stage as the pros do,” Jennifer shares.

The Kids & Teens Comedy Improv Classes are available this Fall from October 9, December 11, 2013. Classes for kids aged eight to twelve happen on Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30pm. Teens aged thirteen to sixteen take to the stage from 5:45-7:15pm. Classes are held at the theatre at 201-2550 Shaughnessy Street and cost is $110 for the full session. Students can try out the first class for $12 to see if improv is for them. Information and registration is available online at www.SSTimprov.com. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Pielak at jenniferpielak@gmail.com.

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