Focus on Learning the stories of our favorite heroes and fairy tale characters. Students spend time playing themed games and activites leading to a short 5-10 min showcase at the end of a session. 
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 Fall 2021 IN-PERSON Classes

We are your child's ESSENTIAL arts community.
For those families looking for alternate options, Virtual and At-Home Options will be coming your way.

MASK POLICY
We trust we can continue to work together to mitigate the spread of any sickness in our community and out of love and concern for all of our families we want to communicate this reminder:  Our space abides by protocols as suggested by CDC guidance.  We respect your choices outside of the Improv Playhouse. Whether or whether not you choose to require a mask to be worn by your child, we ask that your child wear their mask upon arrival as they enter our spaces, during rehearsals and while they interact with our students as they await pick up.  We are also recommending hand-washing during breaks. During breaks they may lift their masks to consume their snacks from our canteen. We want to provide a safe space for all, including our faculty, and are looking forward to the impending inoculations and protection from the virus.  It is a privilege and special gift for our community to meet as they do.  We all want to do our part to reflect a responsible, courteous and respectful environment in which our students may all thrive.

LIBERTYVILLE ONLY


IMPROV, MUSICALS, STAND-UP COMEDY

PLAYS, FILM MAKING AND ON CAMERA ACTING

Improv Playhouse production subject matter is adjusted for the appropriate age group.

Improv Playhouse has at its focus the personal integrity of its young performers and will not produce inappropriate material, that which is exclusionary and/or demeaning, or that which compromises the developmental focus of its community of young performers

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Mail: 116 W. Lake Street

Email: info@improvplayhouse.com

Fax: 847.968.4530

Phone: 847.968.4529

Lake Street Studio: 116 W Lake St, Libertyville

Black Box: 735 Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville

IMPROV CLASSES

ACTIVE Improv Comedy Intensives

Achieving Comedy Through Improvisation Values Education (c 2017)

LARP LEVEL SEVEN

LARP LEVEL THREE


 

Beg/Intermediate

Mid-term registration accepted

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A blast for all the students, but more than learning the forms of “Whose line…” our students participate in the games of theater that nurture skills in character development, spontaneity, giving and taking focus and ensemble (team-work) building. Beginning through Advanced Sections for Junior High and High School. 

Join Teen and Jr. Improv coach Kenzie Smith and IP fantasy role play aficionados as they custom-build an adventuring quest to unleash your inner storyteller. Build a character and create your world. Sharpen your improv skills with games and exercises, all while you battle to preserve the forces of good! Clean, family-friendly dungeons and dragons themes provide a ridiculous backdrop for quirky characters and out-of-this world improvisation!

LEVEL 7: Digital "Live" Action Role Play Improvisation

ALL CLASSES ONLINE!

 

4th- 7th: 5:30 - 7:30pm

 

Wednesdays

6/16 - 8/4

$295/Term

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Returning Students ONLY: Level 4!

The adventure continues at the Academy of Bardic Arts and Banter! We will be going more in depth with the characters you created last session, continuing to explore character development and teamwork through immersion and imagination. You also will begin to take on some leadership in storytelling and worldbuilding by traveling to the various hometowns of each character during your questing.

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LEVEL 3: Digital "Live" Action Role Play Improvisation

ALL CLASSES ONLINE!

7th-9th: 7:30pm-9:30pm

Thursdays

6/24 - 8/5

$295/Term

REGISTER NOW!

 

New and Returning Digital LARP Students: Intro to LARP This is an extreme long-form improv class geared towards character development and discovery through play. It will be a blend of traditional improv games, character building exercises, LARPing, and tabletop RPGs (like Dungeons & Dragons) where we collectively tell a story, primarily through character dialogue, story narration, and occasionally, the dice. This adventure will be set in a sci-fi-fantasy world based in Greek Mythology. Each of you have been called to come together as the demigod representatives of your parents' respective planets to set out on your prophesied Hero's Quest to defeat monsters, chart the unknown, and bring peace and glory to our solar system.

PIRATE LARP

A Live Action Role Play youth class exploring pirate-themed character originality, fantasy world building, and improv-game play.

 

 

Digital "Live" Action Role Play Improvisation

ALL CLASSES ONLINE!

 

Week Long Session!

2nd - 5th Grades

July 19th - July 23rd 

9AM-11AM, M-TR

$195 per session

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Why LARP?

Encourages group and individual storytelling creativity. Asks students to empathize in yet unexperienced situations. Encourages verbal synthesis of plot and character. Teaches character development (both relational and story-driven). Build Complex Strategy and Problem-Solving Skills . Inspires Joy!

 
JR AND TEEN IMPROV

A blast for all the students, but more than learning the forms of “Whose line…” our students participate in the games of theater that nurture skills in character development, spontaneity, giving and taking focus and ensemble (team-work) building. Beginning through Advanced Sections for Junior High and High School

Teen Improv Comedy

IN-PERSON LIBERTYVILLE

7th - 12th

7:30 - 9:00pm

Thursdays

FALL SESSION

9/9-10/21

 

$295/Term

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Jr Improv Comedy

IN-PERSON LIBERTYVILLE

4th- 7th

6:00 - 7:30pm

Thursdays

FALL SESSION

9/9 - 10/21

$295/Term

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Advanced Comedy Teams & Ensembles

Instructor approval, referral

or audition.

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Designed to give the intermediate/advanced Junior High, Teen and HS improviser expansive opportunities to develop and demonstrate their improv skills for diverse audiences and events.  Students will be challenged by pushing the limits fo conventional games, train in sketch comedy, long form and other performance “tools” of the trade.  Junior and Teen team members must be enrolled in classes to retain their position for performances. 

Auditions will be held in the Fall and Spring.  Tuition will be prorated should ensemble members be accepted during running term.  Fall/Winter/Spring terms focus on different Chicago style improv formats.  Youth Comedy Team members have gone on to the top performing arts universities, professional schools of improv and pro careers.

Teen Comedy Team

Libertyville

Assessment

(Not Necessary for Returning Students)

Call us for info on assessments and referrals.

SUNDAY 1:00 -3:00PM

 

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$395/Term

2020 -2021 TERMS

 

Fall Session:

9/12 - 11/14

 

JR Comedy Team

Libertyville

Assessment

(Not Necessary for Returning Students)

Call us for info on assessments and referrals.

SUNDAY 3:00- 4:30PM

 

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$395/Term

2020 -2021 TERMS

 

Fall Session:

9/12 - 11/14

 

 

 

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BROADWAY & POPULAR MUSICALS

Grade
Show
Dates

4th - 8th Grade

Step up your performance skills. Let our directors assess your strengths and weaknesses. Advance your training! Showcase last class!

Triple Threat Workshop

Libertyville

IN-PERSON

$395

 

Libertyville

Black Box Theater

SATURDAY

10:00 AM- 12:00pm

Rehearsals: 9/11 - 11/6

Showcase: 11/6

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3rd - 8th Grade

Learn the difference between acting for the stage and camera! Introductory foundations for commercial and scene work includes a variety of practical experiences: commercial/film auditioning and acting skills! 

On-Camera Acting

Libertyville

IN-PERSON

$225

Libertyville

 

TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS

6:00-8:00p

3rd-8th Grades

WHY THE MIXED AGE GROUP?

Because young actors need to learn how to work with diverse ages for most auditions and produced content.

(7:30p younger student dismissal if requested)

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1st-3rd

Grade

The first steps of self esteeem and poise often begin on the stage in incremental stages.  These classes are for kids who love to perform, who want to develop their musical theater skills or the shy ones who may want to come out of their shell.  Age appropriate material is selected for the children who will be guided into solo or ensemble work. We strive that the environment remains nurturing and confidence building!  Strengthen skills through exploration of acting technique, storytelling, singing and movement.  Our Youth Community Theater component, BROADWAY BOUND, ends with a showcase or mini-junior production performed for family and friends.

Broadway Bound

Libertyville

 

101 Dalmatians

IN-PERSON

$325

 

 


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Libertyville

Black Box Theater

 

Rehearsals TUES/THURS

TUES: 6:00 - 7:30pm

THURS: 6:00 -7:30pm

First Rehearsal: 8/31

Parent/Cast Meeting

TBA Show: 11/4

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4th-7th

Grade

Our Youth Community Theater component, SHOWSTOPPERS, is designed to raise the bar of customized performances that exhibit showmanship,solos, acting, choreography, voice and music theater pieces incorporating developmentally appropriate Broadway shows or films.  SHOWSTOPPERS train toward and IP MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION  Showstoppers productions are performed on public stages at area high schools or similar spaces.

Showstoppers

Libertyville

FALL

Matilda Jr

IN-PERSON

$425

 

 

Libertyville

Black Box Theater

Rehearsals FRI/SAT

Friday 4:00 - 6:00pm

Saturday: 1:00 - 3:00p

First Rehearsal: 8/27

Parent/Cast Meeting: TBA

TBA Show: 11/11-11/13

 

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Set Design and Build Class

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Material Fee: $25

 

 


7th - 12th Grades

IP ELITE is a repertory ensemble of outstanding teen and high music theater school students from throughout the Lake County region. Members of IP Elite tend to be students who are passionate about musical theater and who wish to improve their performing skills while working with other serious musical theater actors seeking the challenge of developing their craft. 

 

 

IP Elite

Libertyville

FALL

High School

Musical Jr

IN-PERSON

$425

Libertyville

(7th - 12th)

Blackbox Theatre

Rehearsals SUN/WEDS

SUN: 3:30 - 5:30pm

WEDS: 7:00 -9:00pm

First Rehearsal: 9/1

Parent/Cast Meeting:TBA

Show: 11/19-11/20

 

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OTHER PRODUCTIONS

 

Young Actors Workshop

 

Acting Conservatory

 

Productions

Fall Drama Class

3rd  – 7th Graders

Black Box Theatre

$295 

It's a Wonderful Neverland

IN-PERSON

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TEEN SUMMERSTOCK MUSICAL

6th-12th Grades

See you next summer!

$425

 

We are flexible with summer travel!

Dates

Libertyville

Rehearsals SUN/MON

Parent/Cast Meeting: TBA

Show:11/20 -11/21

Libertyville

REHEARSALS: TUES/WEDS/THURS

ALL DAYS: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

First Rehearsal: TBA

Parent/Cast Meeting: TBA

Show: TBA

 

Descriptions
This program has been designed to expose the youthful actor to a nurturing professional theatre experience with an emphasis in practical performance methods. From the audition process, to being cast as a player and crew member, to public performances, get ready for an incredible, dramatic journey! Comedies, dramas and developmentally appropriate pieces are chosen for public performances.

IP ELITE is a repertory ensemble of outstanding teen and high music theater school students from throughout the Lake County region. Members of IP Elite tend to be students who are passionate about musical theater and who wish to improve their performing skills while working with other serious musical theater actors seeking the challenge of developing their craft. 

 

 

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CONTACT US

Office/Studio: 116 W. Lake Street, Libertyville, Illinois 60048 • 847.968.4529 • 847.968.4530 fax •
Black Box Space - Theatre:  735 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville

North Shore Training Space:  1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, Illinois 60035

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