Hard to believe, but today was the last of my twenty days here at the illustrious Second City. My last walk to the building felt so strange. I didn’t feel like listening to music, as I usually do. In this case, the sounds of North Wells were interesting enough. Before we began our last day […]Read more "Fourth week, fifth day of class: The End"
Today began with some more acting out of people’s beat sheets. I was in one scene that was about Betsy Ross being upset at the use of her flag design on merchandise in Target. The Betsy character was definitely the star of the scene, so it was hard to contribute. I still had fun though. […]Read more "Fourth week, fourth day of class: musical improv is fun… sometimes!"
Today’s class began with an interesting exercise. After our normal warmup, Sam had us go to the middle of the circle and say our favorite movie. If someone had that same favorite movie, you were “movie pals.” Each pair was then tasked with condensing the movie plot into 5 plot points or “beats.” We had […]Read more "Fourth week, third day of class: songwriting workshop and more"
Today began normally with warm-up exercises but quickly morphed into something very cool. At the Second City, the shows have two acts. There is also a free, improvised “third act” that the actors put on after every show. The old process of coming up with the content for these third acts was called “the pad […]Read more "Fourth week, second day of class: Group work"
To my own disbelief, I am now in my fourth and final week of my Second City Training Center Adult Immersion. This week’s class is huge, combining all the people who have been here. We add up to 18 people, which is huge for an improv class. Surprisingly, the class doesn’t feel that big and […]Read more "Fourth week, first day of class: The Beginning of the End"
Today was our final class for week three and it was a full day. We began with a typical warm-up of the game “Zip Zap Zop” followed by a partner exercise where two people spelled each letter of the alphabet together with their entire bodies. This was both hilarious and physically taxing. After we had […]Read more "Third week, fifth day of class: a third finale"
Today’s class began with a warm up exercise and then another montage/back line improv set. Jeff had us begin the scene and then as each person talked, the other person in the scene had to either back up or get closer to the other person depending on if they liked what the other person said. […]Read more "Third week, fourth day of class: New forms and new sketches"