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Dreamcatcher Repertory To Offer Open Level Improv Class Beginning April 7

originally published: 03/13/2018

Dreamcatcher Repertory To Offer Open Level Improv Class Beginning April 7(SUMMIT, NJ) -- Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will offer an Open Level Improv class for adults and teens beginning April 7. Improv expert Lulu French will teach the six-week Improv Comedy for Teens and Adults class. The class is open to both students who have taken Lulu’s Level 1 class and beginners,  runs from April 7 through May 12 on Saturdays from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at MONDO, 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit.  Enrollment is also open for the Summer sessions, when both Level 1 and Level 2 will be offered.

These classes delve deep into the craft of improv with more complex games as the weeks progress. The Improv Class is great for new improvisers, and also for actors who want to add another dimension to their skills. For those who come with a foundation of improv skills, Lulu will introduce games that require keeping many balls in the air at once. The environment is supportive and responsive to the needs of students with any level of experience.

Improv is a valuable skill for countless situations such as public speaking, auditions and job interviews as well. Lulu French has long performed with and taught for Gotham City Improv in New York City, and has taught improv to theatre students at the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, among many other places. The cost for the class (six weeks) is $210.

At MONDO, parking is available in the garage behind the building on Springfield Avenue, on the street, and at the municipal lots on DeForest Avenue.  The facility is wheelchair accessible. To register for the class or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, please visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org.

Dreamcatcher was founded in 1994, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing life-affirming stories in an intimate environment.  We seek to expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own, to awaken their imaginations and create empathy for others. The company focuses on deepening the experience of our patrons by supplementing the performances with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

Dreamcatcher's core company of professional local actors performs contemporary work that entertains and challenges, and has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people. The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.



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Dreamcatcher’s programs are funded by the New Jersey State council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Dramatist Guild Fund, The Summit Area Public Foundation, the Manley-Winser Foundation, and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre is a senior member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Photo of Lulu French by David Miceli.





Comedian Tom Papa To Perform In Newton
(NEWTON, NJ) -- With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success in film, TV, radio, podcasts as well as on the live stage. Papa will perform on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 8:00pm at The Newton Theatre. Tickets start at $29.
Mayo Presents The Capitol Steps: Make America Grin Again
(MORRISTOWN, NJ) -- The Capitol Steps return to Mayo Performing Arts Center to offer their comedic take on all things political on Friday, January 11, 2019 at 8:00 pm. Tickets range from $29-$59.
UCPAC Presents Louie Anderson
(RAHWAY, NJ) -- Comedy legend Louie Anderson will grace the stage of Union County Performing Arts Center next month for a one-night-only performance on Saturday, December 15 at 8:00pm. Anderson is one of the country’s most recognized and adored comics, named “One of 100 Greatest Stand-up Comedians of All Time” by Comedy Central. His career has spanned over 30 years.
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Event calendar
Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018


MUSIC

SONIC 5 @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 7:00pm

Live Band Karaoke w/ the Goldenboyz @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 10:00pm

Holiday Season Celebration @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

Vienna Boys Choir @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm


THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 7:00pm






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