Our festival features comedy acts from all over North America performing in local Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham venues during February 2014.
TACKLING THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL
SATURDAY 2/15 10AM - 1230PM
Tackling the Improvised Musical is a whirlwind tour through the art and science of the improvised musical. Focused on tangible techniques, this workshop makes the often intimidating long-form musical accessible to any experienced improviser willing to take a few creative risks. Through iconic song types like "the I Wish Number," "Love/Hate Duets" and "Openers," discover how structure can set you free. We'll explore concepts like improvising backwards to help tackle narrative in a productive, organic way. We'll dive into the powerful connection between music and emotion as a tool for opening up new approaches to scenework. Bring a notepad; this workshop will load you up with take-aways to bring home and put into action. Always dreamed of trying an improvised musical? This is your chance. Already performing improvised musicals? Explore the method behind the madness with one of the foremost music directors in the country.
For improvisers who are comfortable with longform improvisation and confident singing onstage (regardless of how that singing might actually sound). Previous music improv experience is helpful but not required.
Mike Descoteaux is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston. Mike has served as head and creator of the Music Program at The Second City Training Center and music director of the Second City ETC stage in Chicago. Named one of the top young songwriters in the country by the Johnny Mercer/AMTP association, he has had the privilege of working with Tony Award-winning artists such as Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Mark Hollmann and James LaPine. His work has been seen on NBC, A&E, WGN and stages across the country. He has “composed” and “conducted” over 1,000 completely improvised musicals with Baby Wants Candy, Musical! the musical, I Eat Pandas, One Night Only Off-Broadway and many others. In addition to teaching at institutions like the Second City, ImprovBoston, Northwestern University, and Columbia College, Mike has lead workshops in music improv around the world.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about this workshop.
Produced by DSI Comedy and Zach Ward; NCCAF was created in 2001 to showcase Chicago-style improvisation and educate Carolina audiences.
Over the last 16 years, NCCAF has proudly showcased (and elevated) the comedic arts for audiences in North Carolina, improv acts, films, sketch comics and standup comedians including Louis CK, Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) Emo Philips, Bryan Tucker (SNL), Chris Tallman (Reno 911, Thundermans), "JJ" Walker, Anthony King (UCBT, Broad City), Eddie Brill (Late Show), Charna Halpern, Susan Messing, JImmy Carrane, Bassprov, Jill Bernard, Death by Roo Roo, Dual Exhaust, The Reckoning, and more.
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