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Dreamcatcher to Offer Acting, Improv Comedy Classes

The Alternative Press Staff

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 • 1:57pm

SUMMIT, NJ - Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional Theatre in Residence at the Oakes Center in Summit, will now offer Acting and Improv Comedy classes for kids, teens and adults this winter and spring, with the first class beginning on January 22.

Actors’ Workshop will be offered Wednesdays for students aged 10 and up from 4 - 5:30 p.m.  It will be taught by Jessica O’Hara-Baker, the director of Dreamcatcher’s Summer Theatre Conservatory.  O'Hara-Baker's unique, creative approach will let students have fun as they learn to build characters and hone their performances by collaborating on their own original script.  Through acting exercises and improvisational games, kids will work together to develop and create their own original short play that they will perform at the end of the semester.  This class is designed to empower and inspire students to acknowledge their own creative abilities and fosters collaboration and teamwork in a creative setting.

A class presentation at the end of the session on March 28 will allow students to share their work with friends and family.  The fee for the ten-week classes is $300, and the deadline for registration is January 17.

An Improv Comedy workshop for teens and adults will be offered on March 29 from 10 a.m. – Noon.  It will be taught by Dave Maulbeck, the director of Dreamcatcher’s improv comedy troupe Multiple Personality Disorder.  The workshop will allow participants to get in touch with their creative side as they play improv games, unleash theirr spontaneity, and just plain enjoy themselves.  The cost for this workshop is $40, and the deadline for registration is March 24.

Classes will be held at The Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue.  Parking is available in the lot behind the theatre on Ashwood Avenue, and at the Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue.  The facility is wheelchair accessible.  To register for the classes or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre's programs, visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact them at 908-514-9654.

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