Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hey, Kids! Don't Negate the Premise!

Starting next week, you can come and get your improv on with local institution, The Annoyance Theatre. They'll be offering two 8-week classes beginning March 5th at Logan Square's Charnel House (3421 W. Fullerton Avenue - only minutes away from the Logan Square Blue Line stop).  The landmark building has been transformed from a chapel, into a 99-seat space that hosts performance art (drama, comedy, ballet) and also visual arts.

Charnel House, courtesy of Annoyance Productions

Annoyance’s brand of “absurd and outrageous” (Theatre Chicago) improv began in 1987 at Chicago’s Cabaret Metro, creating over 100 shows along the way.  Their focused approach is said to leave students with a better sense of themselves, as the training is not only centered on the scene itself, but also on the individuals that make up each scene.  Not enough evidence of their greatness?  Well, their show Coed Prison Sluts ran for an astounding 11 years - the longest running musical in Chicago history!

These classes are geared toward adults, though high-schoolers with parental consent can enroll. The students are allowed to be completely uncensored, so things might get spicy! On Mondays, beginning March 5, Megan Johns will teach Annoyance’s AP2 class from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Cost of the 8-week series is $200.  On Tuesdays, starting March 6, Tim Paul will teach AP3 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. and the fee for the 8 weeks is $220.

Annoyance's artistic director Mick Napier teaching a class
Photo courtesy of Annoyance Productions 

Interested?  Class details, registration info, and instructor profiles can be found on the website.  


--Dave Castaneda

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