Improv 4 Kids Summer Camp / School Shows

NYC DOE VENDOR – BOCES – MCPS (MD) Superintendants List, FCPS, (VA)
These shows are currently available online and LIVE where the local government has deemed it legal to do so. Currently our NYC theater is closed until Stage Four operations are allowed.
(Currently estimated for late August)

We performed our first K12 school show when Farmington, CT school district called us in 2003. “Can you do Improv 4 Kids?”

At the time, no one was offering this service. We had barely started showcasing as a troupe, not even a company yet. We said yes. We figured it out. We improvised….

Since then, we have entertained 5000+ K12/family audiences, both hosting shows at our Times Square, including field trips and student groups form around the world, and touring nationwide to schools, camps, community centers and family events (Birthdays, Weddings, reunions). We have even performed for BRING OUR KID TO WORK days. Now in Quarentine we have presented 18 online shows for DATADOG employees’ children in the past two months alone.

Improv 4 Kids Show

“A production you and your children don’t want to miss” – ABC NEWS 7 NY 2007

Whether at our NYC theater or at your facility, every Improv 4 Kids show by the cast of EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH delivers high energy fast paced entertainment. Songs and Skits are created on the spot based on audience suggestions and participation. No two shows are ever the same.

Our Master of Ceremonies (MC) starts the show, introducing the students to Improv, sometimes even teaching how to be a great audience. Never yell at kids to listen. We teach them how. Improv is the #1 skill in all the arts. For the audience, Improv is an active participation event. you can sit back and watch, but the excitement comes from the audience/artist partnership in creating the show.

FCPS – Fairfax VA school circa 2007

The it’s time for our opening number. Usually a song or high energy group game, we get the show rocking and the kids’ attention.

NYC Parks – 72nd Street Pier summer stages circa 2010

The 30-60 minute show continues with a variety of games, alternation audience interactive games, musical games and traditional games that really show off the cast and their Improv skills.

Connecticut Day Camp circa 2013

ALMOST every shows includes (These may be adjusted in the near future as per COVID-19 social distancing restrictions):

COLUMNS (AKA Human Mad Libs) -Players (The Improv term for performers in the show) improvise a scene with deliberate blanks, filled in by audience volunteers. For the live shows we actually get 2-4 kids on stage. For online shows, we use the chat function.

SOUND EFFECTS – Players improvise a scene, enhanced byt sound effects by two audience volunteers. Volunteers are instructed to make sounds based on the players words and actions. Conversely, the players react to all sounds and justify accordingly.

FREEZE FRAME – Players narrate a series of slides – human photos created by audience volunteers posing (Improv version of the mannequin challenge)

WHY IMPROV COMEDY?

CULTURAL ARTS

First of all, Improv is quite entertaining. It is a highly engaging form of theater and music.

LANGUAGE ARTS

Improv comedy is storytelling 101. Shows & classes both teach elements of a story – character, setting, plot (WHO WHERE WHAT in Improv). Also listening, public speaking and more.

CHARACTER BUILDING

We use Improv Comedy to teach corporate groups leadership and team. The #1 skill in Improv is Listening. The #1 rule, “YES! AND…” is all about supporting each other. But most importantly, simply playing these games builds self confidence. Our students from public classes in Times Square and online become student leaders.

The Science of Laughter

We need laughter in our lives now more than ever!!!!

What can laughter do?

Here are just some benefits for mental, physical and social health

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
  • Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
  • Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline •Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
  • Defend against respiratory infections–reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulin in saliva.
  • Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
  • Improve alertness, creativity, and memory

Summer Comedy Camp 2020 to be Online

QUICK LINKS – Registration and information for specific camps and classes. Starting June 29 we will offer TEN weeks of camp online! If the city allows LIVE camps at all, we will build in days where students can join us at the club 1-2 days/week each in reduced numbers to respect social distancing.

RATES

  • ONE Class $25, FOUR sessions $75
  • Half Day Camp $150
  • Full day of Camp ONE Week $225
  • FOUR Weeks of Camp $700
  • TEN Weeks of Camp $1400 (register for June 29 & August 3 at $1400)

It is bitter sweet to make this announcement. We were looking forward to an aggressive TEN weeks of camp, following a highly successful 2019 eight-week run. At this time, NYC schools have announced schools will continue online through summer and many camps have already cancelled. Either their districts have officially shut them down OR the ndecision has made it impossible to plan.

So we are responding with an aggressive plan to fill those gaps in many schedules. Register early if interested. We will add teachers and times as per demand!

Camps will run MONDAY thru THURSDAY. Fridays we will provide activities like shows & showcases to help keep campers busy as needed but we anticipate many will be traveling to the beach etc so all these will be bonus informal sessions. 

Last year, we hosted EIGHT weeks of comedy camp, with 8-24 campers aged 7-17 weekly. Before the quarantine, weekly classes includes 30+ campers. Now online, we have 40+ students weekly, including kids & teens from all over the country and Canada!

We are still optimistic we will have some summer camp in person at some point, but in addition to being a summer camp, we work out of a performance venue. We cannot operate until the city goes into stage four – according to Governor Cuomo’s repening guidelines.

WHEN WE DO REOPEN – we will invite all – in acceptable social distancing shifts – to do some LIVE shows, classes and hang outs. However we will not include lunch this summer – sorry NO DOMINOS, kids…. (Screams of sorrow heard across the city…. lol)

Until then we are continuing with much needed online offerings. PLEASE register early. We are expecting HUGE numbers as so many camps just do not have an online option. We are ready to add teachers and class times as needed as per demand!

As we cannot imagine doing SIX hours of comedy class/day, we are adding in classes for music and movement. These will add much needed exercise and training breathing etc.

Comedy Class

20-30 minutes OPEN MIC – Each camper gets 2-3 minutes to share their comedy stories, ideas etc. Before it’s your time, organize your thoughts with the daily writing exercise. brainstorm ideas & details, then outline your routine. Every time you repeat the same story change something. Add some funny, remove some waste etc. While the TEENTERN MC the open mic, the teacher will take notes and pass them on.

The final 30-40 minutes will be dedicated to Improv Comedy. We will learn one scene game/week plus play large group games.

Musical Comedy

Class starts with a warm-up that teaches voice and breathing technique. Campers will learn some musical improv game – online this will mostly include rhythmic games like Beastie Rap. Each week we will also teach one game like Irish Jig or Blues. OPTIONAL for the last 15 minutes, Ryan will coach on musical theater songs. Sing a capella, with karaoke tracks or if you have piano skills, you can play too.

Movement

Every performer will benefit from the physical training. Everyone needs a little exercise in these quarantine times. Daily sessions will include acting warm-ups, stretching, dance and more.

  • $150/week – Sign up for HALF day of classes and get Comedy plus ONE additional skill set.
  • $225/week – Sign for for FULL day of classes get TWO comedy classes plus TWO additional skill sets.
  • $700 = Sign up for four FOUR weeks of camp and get at least one performance showcase and private coaching.

All of the above include additional bonus sessions including professional shows ( family friendly by the teachers and other cast mates from EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH), free time with the TEEN TENRS (Mafia, Werewolf and other games) and more….