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Special Events

Each year, Festival 56 proudly offers a number of special events in addition to our annual slate of productions. Please visit often as we add many wonderful presentations, events and trips through-out the year.

Intro to Acting Workshop

Tim Seib

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 7:00pm

Tickets: $5.00

Ever wondered what it would be like to be an actor? How it feels to step on stage? What it's like to listen and react to imaginary circumstances? If so, then sign up for the Beginning Acting workshop with Festival favorite and theatre professional Tim Seib! Tim will lead participants through fun games and basic acting exercises that teach the fundamentals of acting. This workshop is a must-attend for anyone who's ever been curious about what it's like on the other side of the footlights.

Unarmed Stage Combat for Beginners Workshop

Shannon Hill

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016, 6:00pm

Tickets: $5.00

What makes violence look real on stage? When is it successful? Or not successful? Come experience it yourself with our Beginning Stage Combat workshop with Shannon Hill. As an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, Shannon will teach you some basic moves and safety tips that allow actors to explore moments of physical conflict on stage.

Please wear athletic clothing and closed-toe shoes.

Beginning Improv Class

Shannon Hill

Thursday, July 14th, 2016, 6:00pm

Tickets: $5.00

Do you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? Have you ever seen a show at Second City and wondered how they come up with that stuff? Come to this Beginning Improv class! Improv is a performing art form in which participants make up entire scenes and stories based on an audience member's suggestion. Instructor Shannon Hill will teach you the guidelines and simple, free-form games. Shannon has studied at Second City and the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, and has founded two improv teams. Come play!

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