Besides improving one's creative thinking, improvisational theater teaches essential life skills such as agreeing with everything everyone says and wrestling imaginary guns from imaginary family members. Prepare for challenges both real and artificial with today’s Groupon: for $65, you get an eight-week introductory course in improvisational acting at The Torch Theatre (up to a $195 value) on North Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix. Beginning courses are generally held on Wednesday evenings or mid-day Saturday, but call ahead to confirm scheduling and to register for your class.
The Torch Theatre’s non-profit collective of acting troupers instruct students in long-form dramatic improvisation, helping them create emotionally true, half-hour scenes and stories out of thin air. Much like the improv comedy classes that impart the art of quippy punchlines and rubber-chicken mechanics, The Torch's introductory class helps stage-wary newbies with zero experience master the basic screwdrivers and crescent wrenches of on-the-spot character development, all while playing off of other actors. Dedicated, trained instructors—many of whom perform around the country and for discerning local wildlife—guide their apprentice thespians through the essentials, such as listening and support, trusting one's instincts, and investing in the moment rather than magic beans. As each actor taps into honest reactions and accents them with a touch of playfulness, they'll fuel the dramatic rocket ship that launches them to maximum theatric verisimilitude and other planets infested with giant insects. The course also covers stage direction, voice work, and post-performance rose showers.
After eight weeks, the Level I graduate will perform with fellow classmates at The Torch’s new facility. By the final curtain call, you'll depart the theater with greater self-confidence and less-choppy acting chops.
AZ Central named The Torch Theatre a 2010 Readers' Choice Runner-Up for Best Theater Company. Phoenix New Times has reviewed past productions by The Torch Theatre, and Dry Heat Humor featured the business. More than 800 Facebookers like it.
- Keep in mind that long form at certain points can seem weird, awkward, and nonsensical but the important thing is to have an open mind. – Nate McWhortor, Dry Heat Humor
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