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Whose Music Improv Workshop Is It Anyway with Laura & Rick Hall

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Have you always wondered, “How do they improvise the songs on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” If so then join with “Whose Line's” musical director Laura Hall, and veteran Second City improvisor Rick Hall for a Intro to Music Improv Workshop.

Laura & Rick have taught Music Improv all over the U.S. and Canada. They create a supportive, fun environment, starting with games and warmups to ease into singing. You'll build vocal confidence and learn to listen to each other and the accompaniment. You'll learn about creating characters and stories through song. Before you know it, you'll be belting out your own great improvised songs!

Here is some of the material we'll cover:
1. Warming up and why it’s important; the care and use of your voice.
2. Building vocal confidence: exploring melody, rhythm, discovering your natural voice, ways to help if you’re not an experienced singer.
3. Finding your own way of approaching a musical accompaniment, and your own take on the subject matter.
4. Music improv as a natural extension of scenic work: exploring character, location, story, etc. to create rich and interesting songs.
5. Ensemble singing: Listening, watching, taking turns, coming to a chorus, intro to harmony singing.
6. Short form song games, and improvising songs within long forms.

Here's what people who've taken our workshops have to say:
“I was blown away by how supportive and encouraging you both were. You've made me feel better about myself as an improvisor as a whole, not just musical improv.” - Heather D, Toronto, ON

“I had a great time and learned a bunch at the same time. You and Rick quickly put the class at ease and whamm-o we were singing like champs!” - Andy R. Aurora, IL

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$65 per person. Maximum: 16 students

Day/Time: Saturday, 10am-1pm

Class Dates: November 4, 2017

Prerequisites: At least 16 weeks of formal improv training

Student Showcase: None

Class Location: ImprovBoston (40 Prospect St, Cambridge)

Instructor: Laura & Rick Hall

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Rick & Laura Hall

Rick and Laura met in Chicago, driving in a crowded van with the touring company of “The Second City”. Laura broke all her dating rules by going out with an actor (worse yet, an improviser), but since then they've gotten married, had two kids, and moved to L.A., where they continue to perform, write and teach, both separately and together.

Rick & Laura lead music improv workshops at colleges, festivals and theaters around the country. They especially like helping people discover that song improv is really fun and accessible.

They also play together in the band, “The Sweet Potatoes”, performing their own unique blend of
country, folk and homespun Americana, loaded with acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies.
Laura is best known as the improvisational pianist on the hit TV show, “Whose Line is it Anyway”, which is back after a 10 year hiatus, in its fifth season on the CW Network, with Aisha Tyler as the new host.
Laura was in the “Drew Carey Show” live episodes, and has toured the country with “Drew Carey and the Improv All Stars”. She has played with tons of improv groups in Chicago and L.A., including The Groundlings, iO and iO West (Improv Olympic), The Annoyance Theater, Theatresports, Improv Institute, and Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!
While at “The Second City” Laura wrote music for the Jeff Award winning E.T.C. revue, “Channel This!” She composed original musicals with the “Annoyance Theater” and “Theater-A-Go-Go”, including “Patty, Patty, Bang! Bang!” which won an L.A. Weekly award for Best New Musical.
Laura has written music for indie films, including “Slice of Pie”, written by and starring her husband. She scored two award winning documentaries about the holocaust, “After Auschwitz” and “Swimming in Auschwitz”, and romantic comedies, “Anatomy of a Breakup” and “Look at Me”.

After touring with “The Second City”, he opened two main stage shows, “John Paul Sartre & Ringo” and “Catch 27”. Rick Hall was a founding member of Chicago’s “Improv Institute”. Rick uses his improv skills as a host/presenter at meetings and corporate events, to help him handle whatever gets thrown at him.
Rick has been on improv-based TV shows “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and as a series regular on “The Factory”. He’s been a host of films and television shows, including 28 episodes of “KC Undercover”, and guest spots on “NCIS”, “24”, “The Middle”, “According to Jim”, and “Seinfeld”. He has been seen in numerous commercials for AT&T, Centrum, Sabra Hummus, Volkswagen and many more.
Rick loves writing and telling stories. His one man show, “Pigboy”, focused on stories about growing up on a farm in Central Illinois. It was chosen for the “HBO Comedy Arts Festival” in Aspen, and enjoyed successful runs in L.A., Chicago, and across the midwest. Rick has recorded a cd of several of his stories and turned one of them, “Slice of Pie”, into a short film, which has enjoyed a successful run of the film festival circuit, winning numerous awards.
To find out more about Laura, visit www.laurahall.com To find out more about The Sweet Potatoes, visit www.thesweetpotatoes.com

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