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THE IMPROV ACTING CLASS
What is it?
Improvisational theatre (or improv as it is often called) is a style of performance that is generated spontaneously in the moment or with very little preparation. An actor must have a certain talent for being able to construct character, setting and dramatic situation in a very short amount of time using anything from audience suggestions (common in theatre sports) to their imagination or the imaginative suggestions from their acting partners.
What are the benefits and for whom is it necessary?
Being able to act spontaneously in a theatrical situation is a good instrument to have. This way even when you know the script and you have rehearsed the scene or performed the show 100 times/shot the take 25 times- you will be able to react as if you have heard it for the first time. Learning the tools of improvisation can help you be able to act spontaneously in the moment. The improv acting class has a reputation for being highly interactive, low pressure and open to all people of any experience. Starting out with this kind of acting class if you are a beginner is a really good idea, as you start working on performance skills (stage presence, realism, focus, working as a part of a cast) that are not dependent on being able break down a complex script. However, there are also classes out there for the more advanced actor that focus on improvisation featuring more complex characters in developed emotional relationships. Improvisation classes help the actor tap into the very nature of acting, to have fun and most importantly to play. A playful, spontaneous approach to all that you do (be it a sitcom or Macbeth) will make you a better actor and an easier actor for a director to work with.
Make sure youtake good care in choosing your improv acting class.
Here are some great books to help you get a feel for this very important skill.
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