Performing Arts

Daytime Drama: Readers Theatre

Ages: 50+
Enjoy the experience of acting without the stress and memorization! Using scripts modified from classic literature, participants will learn how to make the stories come alive using active oral interpretation. Even the most complicated novels and plays can be made accessible and fun through Readers Theatre. These two-hour workshops include instruction time, group work and in-class performances interspersed with short breaks to keep you motivated and focused. All ages and levels of experience welcome!
Instructor: Drama In Progress
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $20 R / $22 NR
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12355 Oct. 31 Readers Theatre: Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart
12356 Nov. 14 & 28 The Stories of O. Henry ($40)
12357 Dec. 12, A Dickens Christmas
12358 Jan. 9 and 23, Zorro! The Course of Capistrano ($40)
12359 Feb. 6 and 20, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing ($40)
12360 Mar. 6, Episodes from Don Quixote
12361 Apr. 3 and 17 The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde ($40)
12362 May 1 and 15 Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream ($40)

Improv Jam


Ages: 18+
Improv comedy is a fun and life changing performance art form that will help you grow in self-confidence as you discover your inner funny and learn that you can handle anything life throws at you!  Each week Improv Jam reviews one of Grant Garrison’s 12 Fundamentals of Improv Comedy, and each workshop concludes by learning at least two short form improv performance games.  Although the lessons progressively build each week, it is offered in a drop-in format which allows new students to join us every single week.  Students who attend the final workshop on Dec. 7 will be able to perform in an improv comedy show immediately following the conclusion of the workshop.  All experience levels are welcome!
Grant Garrison is a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory for Improv Actors in Chicago with over 12 years of teaching and performance experience. 
Instructor: Parker Players
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $15 R/$16 NR
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
11131 Th, Nov. 9
11132 Th, Nov. 16
11133 Th, Nov. 30
11134 Th, Dec. 7  (With Improv Jam Graduation Show!)


Adult Acting


Ages: 18+
This class is designed for adults who are interested in acting. Whether you want to work on your confidence in front of a crowd, or you want to brush up on your acting skills to audition for a show, or you are just looking for something fun to do, this is the class for you. Adult Acting will focus on public speaking skills, character building, and improvisation in a fun and non-judgmental environment.
Instructor: Inspire Creative
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $190 R/$209 NR
10841 M, Feb. 5 – Apr. 23, 6:45 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Improv Jam Level I & II


Ages: 18+
Improv comedy is a fun and life-changing performance art form that will help you grow in self-confidence as you discover your inner funny and learn that you can handle anything life throws at you! Level One of Improv Jam reviews the first six of Grant Garrison’s 12 Fundamentals of Improv Comedy. Level Two of Improv Jam reviews the remaining six fundamentals of Grant Garrison’s 12 Fundamentals of Improv Comedy, and each workshop concludes by learning at least two short form improv performance games. Students who complete Improv Jam Level Two will be able to perform in an improv comedy show graduation show immediately following the conclusion of the final workshop on April 26th. All experience levels are welcome! Grant Garrison is a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory for Improv Actors in Chicago with over 12 years of teaching and performance experience. 
Instructor: Parker Players
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $90 R/$99 NR
Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
11135 Th, Feb. 8 – Mar. 15 Level I
11141 Th, Mar. 22 - Apr. 26, Level II

Musical Theater Dance


Age: 15+
Learn different styles of Broadway dance and choreography as well as improving your dance technique. Proper warm up, body placement and some good conditioning will get you where you need to be. Whether you are getting ready for your next audition, show or just want to have something fun to do, this class is for you. All levels welcome. 
Instructor: Liane Adamo
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $75 R/$82 NR
Sundays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 
11005 Su, Oct. 22-Dec. 3 (no class 11/26) 
11563 Su, Jan. 14 - Feb. 18
11564 Feb. 25 - Apr. 8 (no class 4/1)
11565 Apr. 15 - May 20