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Improv Playhouse Community Outreach and Education (501c3)

 

THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES

Partnering with Educators. Engaging Students. Integrating STEAM and the Common Core


Mission

IP COE (Community Outreach and Education) is your partner in arts transformation, fostering appreciation, understanding, and love of the performing arts by partnering with the public and private educational community and provides scholarships to its students who exhibit financial need and exemplary skills in the performing arts.

Improv Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences (IP-TYA) commenced 5 years ago with a commitment to engaging students and enhancing communities  through the performing arts. We strive to highlight the importance of imaginative thinking and giving children the opportunity to solve problems on their own volition. Our entertaining, musical shows bring well-known stories to life to teach children valuable lessons of respect, fairness, and initiative. Our first show was a devised adaptation of Peter and the Wolf and we've gone on to create new devised works each year including:

Ranger Tales: The True Stories of America's National Parks and the Environment

The Ugly Duckling

Colors of Thunder

Halloween Spooktacular

The Play about PLAY!

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Chronicles of Narnia

Stone Soup

Mini Masterpieces:  A Collage of Short Story Classics

Hansel and Gretel

The Three Little Pigs

Little Red Riding Hood

The Emperor's New Clothes

Rumplestiltskin

Jack and the Beanstalk

Seussical

Golilocks and the Three Bears

Peter and the Wolf

 

 

OUR PROGRAM

Chicken Little

 

Improv Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences is committed to producing a variety of unique, interactive programs. We engage the medium of theatre to bring classic folk tales to life. IP-TYA has developed supplemental materials that incorporate the STEAM initiative which provides activities and ideation for teachers to utilize both before and after our performances. IP-TYA has reached over 80,000 students since its inception bringing classic stories to life with lessons of respect, hope, inclusion and historical impact

Our veteran cast of professional actors will bring these programs to your venue or school!

We have performed everywhere... from the corner of a hallway all the way to a 500 seat auditorium. No space is too large or too small!

Diary of Anne Frank

Fall 2022

Programming

Suzette Who Set to Sea, by Finegan Kruckmeyer

September – January, Grades K-6th

In a small seaside village where men build boats and women do not, young Suzette knows she is different – she longs for the sea and believes she is meant for something greater than a life on land. So when a mysterious event occurs, Suzette is forced to do that most difficult thing – prove herself worthy of her destiny. Loading her loved ones onto a boat she has secretly built, Suzette, she sets to sea.

Running at 50 minutes, this adventurous, imaginative tale relies on  courage, community, and the possibility that sometimes it only takes the actions of a single person to change everything...all afloat a spectacle of transformation that has it globally revered.

Winter 2022

Programming

Shakespeare Shakedown, an IP original experience

January – April, Grades 6th-9th

From Hamlet’s “to be or not to be,” to the famous star-crossed lovers, we’re all familiar withShakespeare’s works...but what about at break neck speed? Reminiscent of a student affinity for Cliffs Notes, this experience features formally trained Shakespearean actors as they attempt to create a

“Cliffs Notes” rendition of your favorite classic – whatever it may be – in live time. Loosely scripted, and hilariously improvised, you’ll romp through 50 minutes of mayhem where everyone...and yet no one...truly knows what’s going to happen next.

Spring 2022

Programming

Anansi the Spider, a West African folktale

April – August, Grades K-6th

There weren’t always stories in the world...at least, not for mortals to hear. All stories belonged to Nyame, the Sky God; that is, until Anansi the Spider decides to strike a bargain. The power of storytelling comes at a steep price, though – tasked with capturing the four most dangerous creatures in the world, will this trickster be able to do the impossible and tell the tale? To this day, Anansi serves as one of the most important characters of West African, African American, and Caribbean folklore. Originally transmitted through the transatlantic slave trade, this 50-minute spider story finally weaves its way to the mainstage, and to you.

 


Year Round Programming

Anti-Bullying/PBIS-TIPS Programming

Prevent Bullying in Schools (PBIS)

Teaching & Implementing Positive Safety (TIPS)

We combine interactive games and puppetry with a few tips to keep your school positive and bully free. We also allow a brief discussion at the end for students to ask questions and share any relevant experiences.

Monologue Mix-Tape, an IP original experience

Year-round, Grades K-6th 

           

Deep-dive into characterization, from the page to the stage! This experience works in tandem with your classroom to curate a collection of monologues written by students, and brought to life by our actors. Drawn in raffle-like fashion, the selected monologues will be performed and expanded into a cast of characters that’s thrown into known stories of your choosing (fairytales, classroom texts),thus creating a zany, never-before-seen exploration into adaptation!

Custom Creative Drama Workshops

Year-round, All Grades

Looking for a hands-on, memorable “in” to your classroom’s subject matter? Allow our teaching artists to bring your textbooks to life through a custom creative drama workshop! Working with your learning objectives in mind, we’ll create and lead detailed lesson-plans tailored to your time-frame and featuring on-your-feet activities that will have your students laughing as well as learning!

Contact Us:

Kira Nutter -Creative Director

 

To book a program for your students email us at improvplayhousetya@gmail.com or

call 847-968-4529.

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