Performing Arts

Sketch Comedy FUNdamentals Part 1: Writing

Ages: 18+
Join Grant Garrison, a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory for Improv Actors in Chicago, for eight weeks as you learn The Second City method of comedy sketch writing. Using improvisational acting, we will analyze our improv scenes to review what worked, why it worked and how to improve the scene until it grows into a prepared sketch. All students will laugh and bond together using a wide range of improv exercises and techniques as the students write without ever writing anything down on paper. The Fundamentals of Improv Comedy or other improv training is strongly suggested as a prerequisite, but not required.
Instructor: The Parker Players
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $165 R/$181 NR
17302 Sa, Feb. 1 – Mar. 21, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sketch Comedy FUNdamentals Part 2: Casting, Rehearsing & Performing

Ages: 18+
Join Grant Garrison, a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory for Improv Actors, in Chicago for eight weeks as you take the sketch material written in Part One, and begin casting, and rehearsing the material until it is ready to perform! Using improvisational acting, we will analyze our improv scenes to review what worked, why it worked and how to improve the scene until it grows into a prepared sketch. All students will laugh and bond together using a wide range of improv exercises and techniques as the students write without ever writing anything down on paper.  The semester will end in a ticketed performance at The Schoolhouse Theater. The Fundamentals of Improv Comedy or other improv training is strongly suggested as a prerequisite, but not required.
Instructor: The Parker Players
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $165 R/$181 NR
17303 Sa, Mar. 28 – May 16, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Musical Theater Dance

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: Inspire Theater Staff
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $48 R/$52 NR
Sundays, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
17382 Jan. 19-Feb. 23
17383 Mar. 1-Apr. 5
17384 Apr. 19-May 24

Adult Tap

Ages: 16 +
Learn and practice the basics of tap vocabulary like shuffles, flaps, digs, time-steps in simple rhythm combinations and across the floor traveling steps. Then we put it together for quick, fun and rhythmically challenging tap combos set to music. Tap shoes are required.
Instructor: Inspire Creative Staff
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $68 R/$74 NR
Sundays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
17385 Jan. 19-Feb. 23
17386 Mar. 1-Apr. 5
17387 Apr. 19-May 24

Voice-Overs: Now Is Your Time!

Ages: 18+
Learn how you could begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos, and much more. Join voice-over professional, Robin Brooke, as she provides an overview of the industry and talks more about different voice-over techniques and tips that can help you succeed in this growing, lucrative business. This fun, interactive, and informative class could be the game changer that you’ve been looking for!
Instructor: Wendy Shapero
Location: PACE Center
Fee: $30 R/$33 NR
17304 W, Feb. 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Robin Brooke: With a long career in professional touring and regional theatre, Robin’s forte is versatility. Whether it’s voicing the antics of 10 year old boy, Little Spirou in Mediatoon’s Little Spirou series, dubbing leading Telemundo Telenovela villains to English, voicing training modules for the Military of Singapore or Norwegian Cruise Lines, reading a steamy romance for Audible, voicing Glenda the Good Witch for Alexa’s interactive version of The Wizard of Oz, bringing life to a leading female Warrior for a PS4 game, or having her voice heard in museums and hotel lobbies throughout the world- Robin has fun with each project and loves the amazing variety the VO business can offer. For the past 5 years she has coached acting and character voices for VO, mic technique, and “out of the box” marketing. Robin continues to create voices, both in her state of the art home studio and on the stage, where she is the founder and executive producing director of the New River Valley Regional Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre in the mountains of Southwest Virginia.