Studio 219

Real Hearts Give Fundraising Reception for “Next to Normal”

Real Hearts Give Fundraiser before “Next to Normal” in Studio 219 including appetizers, drinks, and raffle. The mission of Real Hearts Give is to lift the spirit of underserved youth in our community so they may thrive. The organization raises funds to provide need-based scholarships to youths in our community.

Design Camp

Discover how theater design brings a stage production to life! Color, space, line, texture – all the artistic elements and more are explored and used. Design campers learn about set design, lighting design, prop design and costume design, with the opportunity to actually use their skills on Footloose,  the Summer Youth Theater musical production.

Instructor: Carol Naegele, cnaegele@oceansidetheatre.org
Ages 12-19
June 17 – June 28, 2023
Monday through Friday, 9 am to Noon
Limited to 15 Campers

Cost: $200, plus a $30 materials fee 

Week 1:   
  • Costume design. Students will learn why costumes are one of the most important designs for a production, how to use color, line, shape and other artistic elements for costuming, how to use fabrics and accessories, and how to work with your actor to come up with the best costume design for their character.
  • Prop and Set Piece designStudents will learn the definition and importance of props and set pieces,  how to build/find/modify items to make pieces that add to the vision or action of a character or scene. 
  • Friday Design share. Performance campers and Design Camper families and friends are invited to see and learn about the week 1 projects and designs created by the campers. 11:30 am – 12 noon in the Studio
 Week 2:   
  • Set design. Students will learn how to create a believable world for the actors and the audience. Different 3-D theater layouts and the use of space, color, and other design elements will help each camper to create a unique and visually dramatic acting space.
  • Lighting designStudents will learn about intensity, location, color and other lighting design elements to create a mood, time of day, dramatic effect and more by showing the effects on their set design. 
  • Friday Design share. Performance campers and Design Camper families and friends are invited to see and learn about the week 2 projects and designs created by the campers. 11:30 am – 12 noon in the Studio

Improv Level 2: Character Development and Scene Work

Build upon the foundations established in Level 1 and delve deeper into the art of improvisation as we learn how to build fun and engaging scenes. You will learn to create and embody memorable characters with an emphasis on the importance of building strong relationships within scenes. You will also learn how to make strong choices to heighten scenes. The final week of the 8-week class will be a show for friends and family. Prerequisite: Level 1 – Improv Fundamentals or the Equivalent

May 11-June 29; Saturdays, 10 am – 12 pm

$175 OTC Student, $195 Regular Price

Level 1 Improv Fundamentals

Ready to let go, connect, and unleash your creativity? Join us for a fun journey of laughter, spontaneity and endless possibilities as we explore the fundamentals of improv in a supportive environment. Students will learn the fundamentals of improv through a series of engaging exercises, games, and scene work as each week builds on what was learned the previous week. We will focus on building trust, sharpening listening skills, gaining confidence to think creatively in the moment, the concept of Yes And…, and so much more. Not only will you have a ton of fun, you will build self-confidence, soft business skills, and meet new people! Taught by Chris Shurland.

May 6-June 24, dark Memorial day 5/27

Mondays, 7-9 pm

Improv Comedy for Kids

Improv Comedy for Kids ages 8-12, with a minimum of 6 students, and maximum of 10. This is an introductory course that allows students to have fun learning the skill of improv. Through icebreakers, games, scenes. and short-form, the students will learn how to think on their feet while understanding how to respect each other’s contributions on stage. We will build on the lessons each week, with potentially performing for the parents on the last class. Six week class runs April 30 – June 18, with no class on May 14 or June 11.

Improv Comedy For Teens

Teens can now connect, and unleash their inner creativity on a fun journey of laughter, spontaneity and endless possibilities as they learn Improv Comedy in an extremely supportive environment. Students will learn the fundamentals of improv through a series of engaging exercises, games, and scene work as each week builds on what was learned the previous week. It is a great opportunity to connect, learn invaluable communication skills and teamwork. April 27-June 8, Tuesdays, 12:30-2:30 pm, Ages 12-17. Taught by Jacob Reiss.

Mixed Nuts: An Improv Jam (June 18)

Mixed Nuts is an improv jam where anybody who shows up gets to play! Each session starting at 7 pm, we will have a brief workshop. Then we will break everybody into random teams to mix it up and perform improv. All levels are welcome to join in this super fun and supportive environment. Registration: $10.

Mixed Nuts: An Improv Jam (May 21)

Mixed Nuts is an improv jam where anybody who shows up gets to play! Each session starting at 7 pm, we will have a brief workshop. Then we will break everybody into random teams to mix it up and perform improv. All levels are welcome to join in this super fun and supportive environment. Registration: $10.

A Taste of Improv: Drop-In Class December 3

Join in on the fun with our drop-in improv class taught by Chicago-trained improv teacher, Chris Shurland! Develop your creativity and spontaneity through playful exercises and games. As of 2024, classes meet ONLY the FIRST TUESDAY of every month at 7 pm in Studio 219 of the Brooks Theater. The first class is free, and subsequent classes are only $10. Reserve your spot or drop-in for your laughter-filled experience.

 

About Chris Shurland
Chris Shurland is a Chicago-trained improv teacher and performer currently based in Oceanside. He had the good fortune to be trained by some of the nation’s best improv teachers when he completed the training programs at Second City, iO, and Annoyance Theatres as well as numerous workshops and classes across the U.S. and Canada in improv, clowning, and physical comedy.

He has since gone on to perform with several independent and house teams in Chicago, the Bay Area, and Southern California. He also teaches beginning-advanced improv classes and workshops nationally and internationally. Chris can currently be found teaching and performing at theaters and festivals with Irreverent Improv, Chicago-based duo Legends of Public Access, Bay Area-based duo A Couple of Tools, as well as with Finest City Improv’s house team Banker’s Kill and San Diego independent team Indiana Slack.