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April 4, 2008
Second City Brings Laughter, Learning to PAC
Five lucky community members will have the opportunity to both laugh and learn alongside the world famous Second City Touring Company this month, as the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center at COC will offer a free improv for actors master class as a prelude to the company's performance of "One Nation, Under Blog."
"This is a great opportunity for interested community members to get involved, beyond just buying a ticket, and learn the skills of improv from a group of well trained performers," said Adam Philipson, Managing Director of the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center.
With an alumni list that includes comedy legends John Belushi, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner and Chris Farley, The Second City has been the place for young, upcoming comedians to perfect their skills while delivering laughs.
Having performed to packed houses across North America for more than 45 years, the funny and fast-paced comedy of The Second City will take the main stage at the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., Saturday April 19.
"We can't wait to perform for a California audience, and we're especially excited to be playing a unique state-of-the-art venue like the Santa Clarita (Performing Arts Center) at College of the Canyons," said Second City Touring and Theatricals Producer, Jenna Altobelli.
In addition, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the show, The Second City Touring Company will host an improv for actors master class designed to teach COC performing arts students scenic improvisation, with an emphasis on connection and relationship - using concepts such as supporting the ensemble, mirroring, exploring and heightening, give and take focus, wants and intentions, subtext, scenic structure, given circumstances, beats and points of view.
"Providing the opportunity for our COC Performing Arts students to work closely with the Second City ensemble is very gratifying," said Dr. Floyd Moos, Dean of Fine and Performing Arts. "World class artists booked into the PAC not only benefit the community, but also make possible a value-added instructional experience for our students."
Perfect for college level actors and intermediate level improvisers, this unique educational opportunity will be made available, on a first come first served basis, to as many as five community members who wish to participate in the workshop.
To participate in The Second City's Improv for Actors master class at the PAC please contact Adam Philipson at (661) 362-5305.
Tickets to The Second City's April 19, 8 p.m. performance of "One Nation, Under Blog" are still available, and can be purchased in person at the PAC Box Office (Student Center S-127) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by calling (661) 362-5304, or visiting www.canyonspac.com.