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: The Schoolhouse
Fee: $40 R / $44 NR
Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12362 May 1 and 15 Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Fee: $25 R/$27 NR
12614 T, June 19, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
12615 T, July 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 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 Sorry, this class has been cancelled.

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. 
11564 Feb. 25 - Apr. 8 (no class 4/1)
11565 Apr. 15 - May 20

Literature Alive!: Reader’s Theatre Performance Workshop

Ages: 18+
Join Jessica from Drama in Progress for a week-long workshop of classic literature. You'll experience these works with new eyes as you rehearse and perform readers’ theatre pieces adapted from the novels. As usual, no memorization required! Come and learn how to make these stories come alive with active oral interpretations. This class culminates in a performance for friends and family.  No experience necessary and all ages welcome. Students should bring a notebook and pencil to class.
Instructor: Drama In Progress
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $92 R / $101 NR
12668 M – F, May 14 – 18, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper
12669 M – F, June 25 – 29, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Charles Dickens' Hard Times
12670 M – F, July 23 – 27, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Rudyard Kipling's Captains Courageous