Homeschool Production Class – Spring 2017

ACTING, IMPROVISATION, STORYTELLING
and SHAKESPEARE

ImprovEd Shakespeare’s
COMEDY OF ERRORS

For beginning – intermediate actors
3rd-7th grade

This spring, we will be in Ephesus for a case of mistaken identity.

DATES:
Thursdays, February 2nd – April 27th, 2017
Spring Break: March 16th

TIMES:
Cast A – Thursdays, 10am-12pm
Cast B – Thursdays, 1pm-3pm FULL

PERFORMANCES:
SHERWOOD FOREST FAIRE*
April 22nd-23rd, Saturday OR Sunday
*All Day

COMEDY OF ERRORS FEST
April 29th-30th, Saturday AND Sunday
ImprovEd Arts Studio, 2pm-8pm*
*Estimated Performance Times: 3pm and 5pm

LOCATION:
ImprovEd Arts Home Studio, 10111 Oliver Dr., Austin, TX 78737

TUITION:
$275/student (full payment) – Siblings: $250
$100/student (monthly payment – February-March-April) – Siblings: $90

Note: We are producing a documentary of the ImprovEd Shakespeare process during the production class this spring. If you are uncomfortable with your child being in a documentary, please take this into consideration.

 

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  1. The Class
  2. About the Director
  3. The Fine Print


THE CLASS

ImprovEd Shakespeare has been working with the Austin homeschool community for five years. Our focus is on Shakespeare stories and performance skills, rather than academic study. We follow a non-traditional production process in that we layer skills and technique on each individual child’s instincts and personality. We celebrate what a child brings to the character and aim to grow her or his skills organically, rather than to follow a prescribed academic study of character. Performing with a Company of Players requires great trust in your peers. Each rehearsal has strong attention given to team-building theatre and improvisation games, as well as scene work and acting technique.

The production classes premiere a signature ImprovEd Shakespeare script each Fall and Spring. The scripts are a mix of original Shakespeare text and modern narration. One judge quipped, “It’s ‘Our Gang’ meets Shakespeare!” Because of a truncated rehearsal process and targeted family audiences, performances run under an hour. In honor of a true Renaissance traveling troupe, emphasis is on costumes with few props, limited sets, lights and sound. In addition to acting in the piece, the Company of kids is responsible for running their own production.

Enrollment is per semester: Fall and/or Spring. Participants who continue throughout the year are given first priority.

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ABOUT the DIRECTOR

ANDEE KINZY, DirectorAndee Kinzy, Director | ImprovEd Shakespeare
In third grade, Andee Kinzy was given the opportunity to produce, direct and act in a play she penned called “The Bad Day.” That did it; the theatre bug was firmly entrenched. After doing a lot more shows, winning awards and trying out a bunch of theatrical styles, she earned a BA in Drama from the University of Texas and sashayed off to NYC. There, she trained at various studios (Meisner, Method, Voice (with Shane Ann Younts) and Improvisation) and performed in original plays and indie films. Then she branched out into directing her own short films and running a non-profit women’s film organization (CineWomen NY, absorbed into NY Women in Film and Television). Through it all, she continued to work collaboratively with her peers, until one day she realized that she was an adult and her ‘peers’ were kids. Never one to be swayed by expectations, she feels that every child’s experience with the arts is unique. She uses a mish-mash of methods culled from all her training and experience to help every kid shine as an individual. She founded and directs ImprovEd Arts, including the ImprovEd Shakespeare and Girl Improved projects. She has written, produced and directed more than fifteen ImprovEd Shakespeare productions, in addition to creating web videos that document and market the process of working with kids.

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THE FINE PRINT

  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations will be refunded amount paid less a $50 processing/registration fee and a prorated amount for any classes attended. After the second week of classes, there will be no refund.
  • ImprovEd Arts reserves the right to cancel the class for insufficient enrollment. If this happens, all tuition paid will be refunded in full.
  • Photo Clause: All ImprovEd Arts rehearsals and performances may be photographed or filmed. Your participation constitutes your authorization for ImprovEd Arts to use your child’s photograph, voice or other likeness with and/or without his or her initials, first name or pseudonym for purposes related to the mission of ImprovEd Arts, including but not limited to marketing and promotion in both print and electronic forms, as well as the Internet and in ImprovEd Arts videos.
  • Missed/Cancelled Rehearsals:
    • Because we are rehearsing for a performance, there will be no make-ups.
    • Each rehearsal is vital. Plan to attend every class, barring any emergency situation.
    • You will be notified by text no later than one hour before rehearsal start time if inclement weather causes a cancellation.
    • ImprovEd Arts is not responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen personal belongings.

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