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Musical Improv/Intensive Camp (Jul 2024) – Elective

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp – Elective
$300 Thurs – Sat night (Sun morning departure)
(All inclusive: Orientation & Class 1 630 Thu 7/25, Thursday Nest show or  JAMplification Night (ticket included); Class 2
11-4:00pm Fri 7/26, Class 3 11-4pm Sat 7/27; Comps to shows Fri 8pm & Sat 8pm as audience for enrolled students, additional ticket to class showcase for loved one Saturday night 9:30pm; Lunch included Friday)

Take your improv skills to the next level with Musical Improv!

The main goal of this intensive is to let you comfortably improvise and create music scenically without relying on math, formulas, or charts to bog you down. Put your trust in heart, emotion, your partner, and your gut! Time will be spent on music, and there will be an assumption of basic scenework and editing skills from the student.

About your teachers: Nest Theatre owners Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto performed improv for over 15 years in Chicago, and travel the world teaching and performing (at last count pre-pandemic) in 80+ cities through 24+ countries! In addition to founding two beloved and thriving artistic community spaces (The Nest and The Improv Retreat), they tour as headliners all over the world in the hit “HERE: The (Improvised) Musical”, defrancisCo, and the adored Saturday night house team iO Chicago’s Chaos Theory. They are sought out for their breadth of professional skill, passion + compassion, ethical brave space design of creative homes, and their ability to instill fun into the process while symbiotically challenging students with high-level concepts. In addition to their lauded work *onstage* for iO Theater, Second City touring company/theater/theatricals, and various ComedySportz stages, Tara + Rance created curriculum in the main class levels of those schools. They also taught Summer Intensives at iO Chicago for a decade, and solely designed the challenging and lauded curriculum of the Advanced Summer Intensives at iO. Their musical experience, both from HERE (and groups like Baby Wants Candy and The DelTones) will be yours.

Pre-requisite: Students must have minimum of Level 3 scenework at The Nest by the time of camp start, OR an Out-of-State completion of 3 levels of another formal improvisational program (examples: HUGE, iO Chicago, Second City Conservatory, Magnet, PIT, JTF, Annoyance, ComedySportz, etc.)

The Nest is a registered Safe/Brave Space in the state of Ohio and we amplify underserved people in the arts, including BIPOC, LGBTIQ, PwD, those over 65, and Veterans.

Musical Mash-Up 7/27 8:00pm

Musical Mash-Up 7/27 8:00pm
$14 online*/ $18 at the door if not sold out
Ages 16+

Musical Mash-Up takes a suggestion from the audience for each and every scene! Your suggestion inspires a scene that inevitably turns into an improvised song! Come out and get ready to shout them out!

This will be LIVE at our 2643 N High St location

*The Nest Theatre is now a cashless operation. Payment will be handled by card, or exact change. Thanks!

Improv isn’t just great for performance, it is perfect for helping with public speaking, team-building, or just generally being a more open and positive person. Sign up for a class and see for yourself!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:45pm. If it is after 7pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

Musical Improv Showcase 7/27 9:30pm

Musical Improv Showcase 7/27 9:30pm
Tickets $10*
Ages 16+

Our latest Musical Improv students take your suggestions and turn them instantly into songs!

This will be LIVE at our 2643 N High St location

*The Nest Theatre is now a cashless operation. Payment will be handled by card, or exact change. Thanks!

Improv isn’t just great for performance, it is perfect for helping with public speaking, team-building, or just generally being a more open and positive person. Sign up for a class and see for yourself!

*Online ticket sales for this show close at 6:30pm. If it is after 6:30pm on day of show, call 614-929-5545 to see if the show is fully sold out.

Sold out? Take a look at our upcoming shows!

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp (Aug 2024) – Elective

Musical Improv/Intensive Camp – Elective
$300 Thurs – Sat (Sunday departure for travelers)
(All inclusive: Orientation & Class 1 630pm Thu 8/22, Thursday Nest show or JAMplification Night ticket included; Class 2
11-4:00pm Fri 8/23, Class 3 11-4pm Sat 8/24; Comps to shows Fri 8pm & Sat 8pm as audience for enrolled students, additional ticket to class showcase for loved one Saturday night 9:30pm; Lunch included Friday)

Take your improv skills to the next level with Musical Improv!

The main goal of this intensive is to let you comfortably improvise and create music scenically without relying on math, formulas, or charts to bog you down. Put your trust in heart, emotion, your partner, and your gut! Time will be spent on music, and there will be an assumption of basic scenework and editing skills from the student.

About your teachers: Nest Theatre owners Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto performed improv for over 15 years in Chicago, and travel the world teaching and performing (at last count pre-pandemic) in 80+ cities through 24+ countries! In addition to founding two beloved and thriving artistic community spaces (The Nest and The Improv Retreat), they tour as headliners all over the world in the hit “HERE: The (Improvised) Musical”, defrancisCo, and the adored Saturday night house team iO Chicago’s Chaos Theory. They are sought out for their breadth of professional skill, passion + compassion, ethical brave space design of creative homes, and their ability to instill fun into the process while symbiotically challenging students with high-level concepts. In addition to their lauded work *onstage* for iO Theater, Second City touring company/theater/theatricals, and various ComedySportz stages, Tara + Rance created curriculum in the main class levels of those schools. They also taught Summer Intensives at iO Chicago for a decade, and solely designed the challenging and lauded curriculum of the Advanced Summer Intensives at iO. Their musical experience, both from HERE (and groups like Baby Wants Candy and The DelTones) will be yours.

Pre-requisite: Students must have minimum of Level 3 scenework at The Nest by the time of camp start, OR an Out-of-State completion of 3 levels of another formal improvisational program (examples: HUGE, iO Chicago, Second City Conservatory, Magnet, PIT, JTF, Annoyance, ComedySportz, etc.)

The Nest is a registered Safe/Brave Space in the state of Ohio and we amplify underserved people in the arts, including BIPOC, LGBTIQ, PwD, those over 65, and Veterans.