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Improv Fundamentals: Scenework

  • The Mopco Improv Theatre 10 North Jay Street Schenectady, NY, 12305 United States (map)

Class Dates: Wednesdays on August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5

Performance Date: Saturday, September 15th - 7:00 pm


Improv Fundamentals: Scenework

The lights come up, the lights go down. What happens in between is the scene. How do you make that brief time riveting for your audience? We've got a few ideas!

Scenework focuses on the core of improvised theatre, the two-person scene. This course will center on creating scenes with a satisfying beginning, middle, and end that will delight audiences. From establishing a strong base reality at the top of your scenes to successfully playing with status, this class is great for new students or returning veterans looking to sharpen their performance skills.

Our class is designed to give improvisers the tools to create engaging scenes that don't have to rely on gags or hoop game formats to succeed. We really dive into that other important improv phrase, "Make your partner look good" with exercises designed to help you do just that.

The Mopco Improv Fundamentals Wheel

Each of the four classes in the Fundamentals Wheel offers work on the core tenets of improv through a unique lens. The four classes are Environment, Character, Narrative, and Scene. These reflect basic skill areas that good improv demands, all using the same core principles. You can jump into the wheel at any point and you don't need to take them in any particular order.

Performance

Each Improv Fundamentals and Musical Improv 6-Week course each has a unique performance element that showcases the skills you focused on during the class. You'll be able to show off to your friends and family everything you've learned. The performance is not mandatory but we bet you'll want to take part. Participation is dependant on consistent attendance. The show is free for friends and family to attend. Students will receive a free ticket to the show following their performance and access to discounted tickets for their friends and family to purchase should they want to stay after the student showcase.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

18. We offer youth classes for younger improvisers! Check out our mopco.org/classes to find a class.

How active are these classes?

Our classes involve a good amount of physical activity - you should feel comfortable being on your feet for at least an hour. Please email hey@mopco.org with any questions about accommodations for ability.

What is your policy on absences from class?

After two absences, students will not be able to participate in the performance at the end of the class.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Street parking is available on Union and N Jay street by our Theatre. Parking is available in the lot behind Perreca's as well as other public lots within a short walk of the theatre. The lot directly across from us is reserved for the Rossi & Ditorro Funeral Home and is not always available for parking. DO NOTpark in the lot by JoJo’s Auto Service or you will be towed. Find out more and see a detailed map of parking options available to us here

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact us at hey@mopco.org for general inquiries or call us at (518) 577-6726

What's the refund policy?

Cancellations for a full refund must be made 7 days or more prior to the first class. Less than 7 days: Your place in the class is non-refundable unless we can get someone to fill your spot. 

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Please make sure we know who to expect in class.

Earlier Event: July 19
Mopco's Monthly Improv Jam!