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EARLY BIRD PRICES END SEPT 17 @ MIDNIGHT

Save up to $20!

Save up to $20 off the regular price of classes for our October 2017 session. The prices are discounted already when you go to the registration page. The offer ends at midnight on Sunday, September 17.

KIDS & TEENS COMEDY CLASSES

Sunday afternoon theater classes for ages 9-17

Arcade Academy Kids Comedy Classes offer teens and tweens a weekly exploration of improv comedy basic skills, offered as six 2.5-hour classes ages 9 to 17. Perfect for everyone from the aspiring actor, to the class clown, to the thoughtful observer–Kids Comedy Classes are open to all personalities and experience levels! Improvisation isn’t just for future comedians. Kids will gain confidence in navigating challenges, public speaking, critical thinking, and working as a team, all while laughing and playing fun improv games (similar to those seen on TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?)

What makes the Arcade Academy Kids Comedy Classes special is that our “Sandbox” approach is designed for each specific age group to play and explore improv comedy on an ongoing basis. These classes are ensemble driven and not simply a progression of difficulty. Honing and mastering improv comedy skills is all about practice and repetition. So our comedy classes can be taken and retaken. Each session, our teachers will present both brand new games AND familiar games so our students can continue to challenge themselves but also have the chance to fine tune previously learned techniques and concepts. Every session culminates with a class show the Arcade mainstage the final week! Ready? Let’s Play!

Next round of classes starts Sunday, October 15

Classes are 6 weeks
Registration fee: $200 per child ($180 early bird rate ends Sept 17 at midnight)

Class size: max 12 children
Partial refunds are available with a $50 cancellation fee until Oct 1, after which refunds will be unavailable

Improv for Kids Age 9-13

This six week course will focus on fun beginner improvisational comedy and acting exercises with an emphasis on collaboration and support for participants aged 9-13.  Students will learn the basics of ensemble work, storytelling and agreement, which is best exemplified by the “yes, and” principle of improv comedy.  All exercises used during this class are designed to further your child’s ability to feel comfortable on stage, enhance their social awareness and creative thinking, and give them a boost in their confidence, all while having lots of fun!  Students with previous stage experience will receive more detailed feedback and instruction to hone their skills.  The class will culminate in a show for family and friends on the Arcade stage to show off what they’ve learned and accomplished. No prior improv experience is required.

Class starts October 15
12–2:30pm on Sundays
Class show November 19

Improv for Teens Age 14-17

In this six week course, students aged 14-17 will learn and practice the basic fundamentals of improvisational comedy. Using exercises and games, they will explore stage performance, storytelling, and ensemble collaboration. Students will build skills in the art of “yes, and” (agreement and extension) in a positive, supportive environment as participants work as a team to put together a show. All exercises used during class are designed to further your child’s ability to feel comfortable on stage, enhance their social awareness and creative thinking, and give them a boost in their confidence, all while having lots of fun! The course will conclude with a student performance at the theater. No prior improv experience is required.

Class starts October 15
2:30 – 5pm on Sundays
Class show November 19

Kids Class Pick Up/ Drop Off Information

All classes will take place at Arcade Comedy Theater at 943 Liberty Ave. An attendant at the main box office will be there to sign your child in and out of each class. All students must be picked up by a parent or legal guardian. If your child or teen is going to be signed out by someone other than their parent/legal guardian (babysitters, nannies, carpools etc) Please provide their full names and addresses in an email to the instructor. They will be asked to provide valid ID matching the information provided via email/handwritten note from the camper’s parent/ legal guardian. In the case of high school-aged students, they may provide their own transportation, sign themselves in and out of camp with permission given by parent/ legal guardian.

Late Pick-Up: Parents or guardians are expected to arrive before or at the end of the class day. Arcade allows for a 10-minute grace period for pick-up, and on the 11th minute the Arcade will need to charge $1 for every additional minute. We understand that parking and traffic downtown can be unpredictable, so please allow yourself time to arrive promptly. Late fees will be collected the day they occur.

*Proof of Pennsylvania child abuse clearances and Act 114 criminal history clearances for instructors and teaching assistants available upon request.

What to Bring:

We recommend that everyone “dresses to improvise” everyday. We will be dancing, running, jumping, groovin’ and movin’ so students should wear whatever allows them to be active.

Attendees should also bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Notebook and pen
  • A positive attitude
  • Their Imagination
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A SUMMER COMEDY CAMP FOR KIDS 9-18

Let your kiddo’s imagination run wild! Kids Comedy Camp is a week-long exploration of improv comedy basic skills, offered as five 4-hour classes for kids and teens ages 9 to 18. Perfect for everyone from the aspiring actor, to the class clown, to the thoughtful observer–Kids Comedy Camp is open to all personalities and experience levels! Improvisation isn’t just for future comedians.

Participants will incorporate positive life skills into the theatrical setting, including listening, supporting, give and take, saying “yes, and” to new ideas — all in a fun, welcoming environment. Kids will gain confidence in navigating challenges, public speaking, critical thinking, and working as a team, all while laughing and playing fun improv games (similar to those seen on TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?)

In addition to learning the building blocks of improv, this summer camp will also give students a little taste of a variety of comedic forms!

Classes are 5-days long and run every summer!
Partial refunds are available with a $50 cancellation fee until May 19, after which refunds will be unavailable

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Improv for Kids Age 9-13

Location: 943 Liberty Ave
Time: 12pm – 4pm, Monday thru Friday

Improv for Teens Age 14-18

Location: 943 Liberty Ave
Time: 12pm – 4pm, Monday thru Friday