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Theatre & Stage

Illinois Valley Community College in partnership with the Illinois Theatre Conservatory in Princeton, Illinois, is excited to offer a variety of theatre classes designed to inspire your love of the arts.

Do It Yourself Shakespeare
In this three-session class, students will explore, in depth, selected scenes and soliloquies from some of Shakespeare’s most important plays through interpretative readings. This class will consider their thoughts and emotions as they take roles such as Othello, Lady Macbeth and other beloved characters, and respond to the parts being read by others. Plot summaries will be provided for those whose schedules don’t allow them to
read the plays in their entirety. No auditions or costumes required.
No Class: October 8.
Mon 6:30-9 p.m. Oct 1-22 3 Sessions
Dexter Brigham Auditorium HLR-5159-410 $59
Grace Performing Arts Center

Out of the Kitchen and onto the Stage [Food As Theatre]
When did cooks become TV stars, food become the basis of movie plots, and whole meals start to be cooked onstage? This survey course will trace the performance history of cooks and cooking, from the early television cooking shows to a recent dinner theatre production in which a celebrity chef prepares, in a starring role, the same multi-course meal that is being served to the audience. The class will consider the impact of food as
entertainment from two different angles: its impact upon modern cooks and cooking, and what it says about today’s audiences and the evolution of the performing arts.
Mon 6:30-9 p.m. Oct 29 1 Session
Marina Carrott Auditorium HLR-5158-410

Long Form Improvisation
Learn basic principles of long form improvisation as practiced by Chicago’s iO, Second City and Annoyance Theatre. Delve into basic fundamentals with an emphasis on scene work, integration of games and connections. A book “Truth in Comedy” is required for class and is available at the IVCC Bookstore.
Tue 6-9 p.m. Sep 18-Dec 4 12 Sessions
Kim "Howard" Johnson C-316 HLR-5160-309 $169

Kim “Howard” Johnson
Kim is the author of several books on Monty Python, including The First 280 Years of Monty Python; co-author of the improvisational classic Truth in Comedy; and the author of The Funniest One in the Room: The Lives and Legends of Del Close. A writer and comedy performer, he has also served as personal assistant to John Cleese. He has extensive experience teaching and directing in Chicago and San Francisco.