Saturday, April 14, 2018

Second City High School Improv All-Star Team Sundays at 6PM

Chi, IL Live Shows On Our Radar:
Venue: Judy's Beat Lounge

Family friendly improv fun

Here at ChiIL Mama, we're huge fans of improv. I was first introduced to the form in a high school class and went on to found an award winning improv troupe at Miami University that lasted over 20 years. My teens, husband and I checked out the Chicago high school improv All-Star team performance last Sunday and it was lots of fun. We have 3 friends on the team and it was great to see the next generation embracing the theatre form and expressing themselves creatively in the moment and on the spot. 

We love Chicago's After School Matters programs where kids are paid to learn a variety of skills in the arts, tech, and more. Last year my two teens did a summer long, paid internship with Lookingglass Theatre where they built and performed an entire show. As a mom, I'm elated Chicago teens aren't just relegated to after school and summer jobs in fast food or retail. The Chicago high school improv All-Star team has another show this Sunday at 6pm. Check it out!

ChiIL Mama's ChiIL Tips:

Bring in food and drinks purchased at Second City: We had a tight turnaround and my kids came straight from their own rehearsal for The Odyssey at The Actors Gymnasium, so we didn't have time to stop for dinner before the Second City Show. We were happy to discover we could order carry out food in the bar and bring it in to the show. There is also a small lobby bar for the 21+ crowd, right outside of Judy's Beat Lounge,  where their show takes place, and it's fine to bring drinks in.

Parking tip: Greenbox street parking is more reasonable than the parking garage.

The Second City Training Center and After School Matters have partnered to create a Chicago high school improv All-Star team. Composed of After School Matters students who have completed at least one year of improv training and directed by Jeff Poole, the Head of the Second City Teen program. Most nights this group performs The Panic, a high energy long form improv, it is family friendly and entertaining for fan of all ages.
Auriel Anderson
Marcellis Browder
Savannah Clark
Samuel Contreras
Tegan Daley
Maya Fragoso
Ari Kelo
Maxwell Kroll
Talen McChristion
Izabella Mims-Haddad
Brendan Mohen
Camelia Patron
Mikhayla Sowemimo
Jacob Tate
Quinton Thompson
Assistant Direction by Alec Santillian
Direction by Jeff Poole

Tickets:  $13 Standard, $11 Student, $7 TC Student

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