The Second City Training Center and School of Rock Chicago team up to introduce Rock City Camp: An Opera of Rock, a stage-writing performance camp for teens aged 14-19, beginning July 7. Over two weeks, musical all-stars with multiple performance skills in music and theater, will create an original storyline, learn rock music and develop original music to produce a never-before-seen show. Rock City Camp will take place July 7 - 18 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Sessions are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For consideration, please fill out an application HERE before the March 31 deadline. $1200. Needs-based scholarships are available.
"The Second City enjoys finding partners to collaborate with in all areas of our business, from our theaters, to our corporate work, to our training initiatives," says Andrew Alexander, CEO and Executive Producer of The Second City, Inc. "This one-of-a-kind program with School of Rock is a fantastic blend of two organizations with similar ideals: expanding the education opportunities and styles for our youth students, while keeping the ideas of teamwork of creativity at the forefront of their experience."
"School of Rock Chicago joining forces with the legacy and stage prowess of our new pals at The Second City is like having Jackie Chan, David Lee Roth, Freddy Mercury and John Belushi as your spirit animals," says Adam Mackintosh, regional manager for School of Rock Chicago. "Clearly, I'm beyond sensible words here. This might be the coolest thing I've ever been a part of."
At the conclusion of the two-week Rock City Camp, students will perform rock classics and original songs in a two-night performance at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre. Enrollment is open to drummers, guitarists, keyboardists, improvisers, actors, writers, vocalists and more who are ready to take their skills to the stage.
The Second City is the leading brand in improv-based sketch comedy. With theaters and training centers in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, 11 full-time touring ensembles, thriving corporate communications and theatricals divisions as well as television and film operations, The Second City has been called "A Comedy Empire" by The New York Times. The Second City Training Center has a current student body of 3,500 per week and is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.
For more than a decade, School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life. Students develop confidence, talent and skills, through beginner, intermediate and advanced music programs. School of Rock offers music lessons on guitar, bass, piano, vocals and drums in an authentic, performance-based environment. School of Rock operates 129 schools in 26 states and 8 countries, with new locations opening worldwide every month. School of Rock Chicago has been on Ashland for 7 years and has a long, successful history of providing great camp experiences across broad themes for interested families.
Visit www.SchoolofRock.com for more information.
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Mar 6 2014
The Second City Training Center and School of Rock Chicago team up to introduce Rock City Camp: An Opera of Rock, a stage-writing performance camp for teens aged 14-19, beginning July 7. Over two weeks, musical all-stars with multiple performance skills in music and theater, will create an original storyline, learn rock music and develop original music to produce a never-before-seen show. Rock City Camp will take place July 7 - 18 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave. Sessions are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For consideration, please fill out an application HERE before the March 31 deadline. $1200. Needs-based scholarships are available.3/6/2014 Comments (0)
Mar 4 2014
Student headshot days with photographer Sally Blood return April 3rd and 4th. Each one-hour session includes a 45-minute photo shoot, touch-up makeup and a high resolution disc of all your edited shots. The cost is $200, a special deal for Training Center students. Reservations can be made by contacting the Training Center office at 312-664-3959.3/4/2014 Comments (0)
Mar 3 2014
Join us on Wednesday, March 5th at 9pm in our very own John Candy Box Theatre for Student Focus Night with ACTRA!3/3/2014 Comments (0)
Have aspirations of becoming a professional actor? Ever wondered what it takes to become a member of ACTRA? This FREE Q & A session will answer any and all questions you have about becoming part of the union, as well as provide you with helpful tips and information about your acting career!
This Q & A session with a representative from ACTRA is FREE for all current students.
To reserve yourself a spot in this FREE workshop, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spaces are limited, so it's first come, first served!
Feb 11 2014
- One of our Second City Alumni and active teacher in the Writing Program, Luciano Cashmiri, is in Sochi Russia as a writer for CBC Sports. Luc has worked quite a bit for CBC Television over the years and and when he returns he will start writing Martin Short's upcoming comedy special.
- Chantale Renee, one of our Second City School Program Instructors spent three days at the Sudbury Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival delivering Improv workshops in both French and English. She delivered five workshops at local schools and all reports indicate that Sudbury is truly laughing out loud.
- Bruce Pirrie informed us that one of his former Second City Writing Program students has been hired on to write for "This Hour Has 22 Minutes" based on the sketches he wrote while in our program. Congratulations to our former student and to the wonderful Instructors in our Writing Program.
- The Musical Conservatory 6 class is just week's away from presenting their Grad show entitled "Chutes and Corporate Ladders". Their show, March 2nd, will be the first ever Musical Conservatory grad show in Toronto.
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- Recent Conservatory Grad and Student Services Admininstrator, Aimee Ambroziak, is headed to sea. She has been offered a role on one of our Second City's Cruise Ship casts. Aimee is heading out in March. Her smile at the front desk will be dearly missed for the next four months.
Feb 3 2014
Musical Improviser superstars Rick and Laura Hall are coming to Toronto February 21st and 22nd!2/3/2014 Comments (0)
They will be running two musical improv workshops at our Training Centre then having a showcase on Saturday, February 22nd at 7pm and 9pm.
Come check out Second City's up-and-coming talent perform with the industry professionals Rick and Laura Hall, who collectively have worked with The Second City, "Whose Line is it Anyway" and are working actors and composers in Los Angeles.
Tickets are now available at The Second City Training Centre.
You can also reserve by phone: 416.340.7270
7pm show - $15
9pm show - $20
CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK EVENT HERE.
Jan 31 2014
Dilly-dallying on your Con, Music Con, and/or Longform submission? Dilly-dally no longer!1/31/2014 Comments (0)
Our submissions deadline has been EXTENDED to FEBRUARY 7TH! Send in your resume and headshot today!
Now, you love doing improv and you love The Second City. You've seen a few revues at the mainstage and thought, "Hey, I could do that!" Well, now you can!
The Conservatory is a year-long program designed to give you the opportunity to write and perform your own mainstage-style revue, on the mainstage! Use improv as a way to generate ideas for sketches, songs and monologues, just like the pros.
More info on the Conservatory HERE
THE MUSIC CONSERVATORY
Maybe singing's more your style. Improvised singing, that is. Picture this: you and your talented ensemble, performing in an improvised musical at the mainstage after a year of hard work. You better believe it.
Read more about the Musical Conservatory HERE
THE LONGFORM PROGRAM
Sketches are cool, but you wanna be closer to the source of the good stuff, that sweet creamed-corn of improvised comedy. Look no further than our Longform program. Learn how to play The Game, create your own forms, and create complex memorable scenes that audiences love.
Check out the Longform program HERE
Jan 30 2014
The Second City is holding auditions to cast and award sixteen fellowships to qualified talent and actors of color to train in a newly developed eight week master program launched by The Second City Diversity and Training Center divisions. Auditions will take place on February 25th in Donny’s Skybox Theatre by appointment only at The Second City Training Center with callbacks scheduled on February 26th
Qualified talent must audition to be accepted into the program. See requirements below.
Actors of color represent African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Native American and Pacific Islander racial background.
Talent should be a graduate of a Conservatory level program e.g., Second City, iO theatre, Annoyance theatre, UCB, etc.
Professional actors with a degree in theatre or extensive stage experience with some improv training are also qualified to submit. Head shots and resumes will be reviewed for audition consideration and scheduled appointments are on a first come basis.
Talent can submit head shot and resume by e-mailing email email@example.com
January 30 – February 5, 2014
Limited slots available.
No phone calls please.
About the Audition:
The audition will consist of twenty minutes of improvisation within a group of eight and a personal choice of a 2-3 minute comedic monologue or stand-up piece. Callbacks will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Bob Curry Fellowship program starts March 25th with master classes meeting on Tuesday and Thursdays 4-7pm at The Second City Training Center -1608 N. Wells 4th Floor, Pipers Alley.1/30/2014 Comments (0)
Click here to learn more about fellowship.
Jan 27 2014
Basic Guitar for Improvisers with Jimmy T begins again Tuesday, February 4 at 5:30. Only a few spots are left!
Basic Guitar for Improvisers with Jimmy T begins again Tuesday, February 4 at 5:30. Only a few spots are left!1/27/2014 Comments (0)
Jan 21 2014
This term, we're offering a BRAND NEW INTENSIVE! Stage Managing 101 is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in learning about what happens behind the scenes of a comedy show. Stage Managers are responsible for all of the elements that take a show from plain performance to dazzling production!1/21/2014 Comments (0)
Stage Managing 101
Learn how to become a vital "behind-the-scenes" member of sketch or improv troupe! This 4-week intensive covers the skills needed to stage manage simple sketch and/or improv shows. It covers the responsibilities of a Stage Manager and who they report to, lighting techniques, sound management, working with club/theatre owners and time management. Sample "tech sheets" will be discussed. Upon completion, participants will possess the skills to take a troupe to the next level of professionalism.
Stage Managing 101 is taught be Meaghan Maguire, resident Stage Manager for The Second City National Touring Company and the award winning Sketch troupe FalconPowder. Meg brings thousands of hours of stage managing experience to this course and will offer practical tips on: pre-show practices, managing performances and post-show responsibilities.
This class will run for 4-weeks on Saturdays from 11am-2pm from February 1st-22nd.
There are NO prerequisites needed.
Remember: if you are already registered for a course this term, you will receive %15 off the tuition for this class!
Register here or call us at 416-340-7270.
Jan 13 2014
Rick and Laura met in Chicago, driving around in a crowded van with the touring company of the Second City. Since then they have gotten married, had two kids, and moved to Los Angeles. There they continue to perform, write and teach, both separately and together.1/13/2014 Comments (0)
Laura Hall is best known as the improvisational pianist on television’s "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" She was also on the "Drew Carey Show" live episodes, and has toured the country doing live performances with "Drew Carey and The Improv AllStars." Laura has sat in and played with tons of improv groups in Chicago and L.A., including The Groundlings, iO, ComedySportz and Theatresports.
Rick Hall was a founding member of Chicago’s "Improv Institute." After touring with the Second City, Rick opened two main stage shows, "John Paul Sartre & Ringo" and "Catch 27." Rick has used his improv background on the improv based television shows "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and as a series regular in "The Factory." He’s been seen on many other television shows as well, including "Saving Grace," "24," "The Middle," "According To Jim," and "Seinfeld."
Rick & Laura teach improv workshops at camps, colleges and theaters around the North America. They especially like helping people who are scared out of their minds about doing song improv to find out it’s really fun and something they can do successfully.
Now they are heading to the Toronto Second City Training Centre to teach two musical workshops on February 21st and February 22nd
Register here OR 416-340-7270.