Zoo Improv is pleased to announce Rick & Laura Hall’s Music Improv Workshop!
Have you ever wanted to learn how to improvise with music? It's easier than you think.
Laura Hall of Whose Line is it Anyway and Rick Hall of Second City are coming to Champaign to show you how!
Thursday September 6, 6pm -9:30pm
114 S. Neil St., Champaign.
Admission to the workshop is $30.
To register, email
. You must be registered in advance to attend and space is limited so be sure to register right away. Payment will be due by check or cash on the day of the workshop.
This fun, lively workshop is accessible even for people who’ve never done song improv before. If the thought of doing song improv scares the pants off you, this is the place for you. It helps to have an improv and/or musical background, but isn’t essential. You just need to bring an open spirit and be willing to give it a try! And if you’re already experienced with song improv, this workshop will stretch your skills and bring you to the next level.
Rick and Laura create a supportive, fun environment in which to grow, explore and stretch out of your comfort zone, starting with warm-ups and games to help ease into singing. You’ll build vocal confidence and learn to listen to each other and the accompaniment. Then they will move on to creating improvised songs that are a natural extension of scenic work, using character, location and story to create rich and interesting songs. They will work with various musical styles and focus on group singing and improvised choreography.
Laura Hall (on Facebook and at LauraHall.com) is best known as the improvisational pianist on television’s Whose Line is it Anyway?. She was also on the Drew Carey Show live episodes, and has toured the country doing performances with Drew Carey and The Improv All-stars. Laura has sat in and played with many improv groups in Chicago and L.A., including The Groundlings, iO, ComedySportz, Theatresports, The Improv Institute, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!, and Totally Looped. Laura’s new two CD set, Improv Karaoke, is fully produced, karaoke style music tracks in 11 popular styles, along with demos and tutorials, designed to use for song improv. It’s perfect for improv classes, live performances, and workshops. Laura has also written music for productions at The Second City, The Annoyance Theatre, and Theatre-a-Go-Go, and performs in the band The Sweet Potatoes.
Rick Hall was a founding member of Chicago’s Improv Institute. After touring with The Second City, Rick opened two main stage shows, John Paul Sartre & Ringo, and Catch 27. Rick often works as a host/presenter at meetings and corporate events where his improv skills help him handle whatever gets thrown at him. Rick has used his improv background on the improv based television shows Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Factory. He has also been seen on shows including Saving Grace, 24, The Middle, According to Jim, and Seinfeld. Rick also loves writing and telling stories. He wrote a one man show, Pigboy, which was chosen for the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and enjoyed successful runs in L.A., Chicago, and a tour of the Midwest. Rick has recorded a CD of several of his stories and turned one, Slice of Pie, into a short film.
Here’s what people who have taken Rick and Laura Music Improv Workshop have to say:
“Thanks to you Laura, and to Rick, for a terrific, informative and fun day. You two really know what you're doing and are extremely good teachers. It's a rare combination (in my experience) and I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.” - Karen K, Pebble Beach
“ I really gained confidence and skills from your exercises, and you created such an accepting environment for us to learn and practice! You are both talented teachers and everyone left the workshop with smiles on their faces!” - Laura P, Indianapolis