Improv! The Musical
Improv! The Musical WORKSHOP
Presented by Laura Hall and Nick Condon
TWO DAY EVENT: Oct. 15 & 16 from 1-4 PM
Learn how to create your own mini-musicals on the spot!
Laura Hall, Music Director of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” and Nick Condon, of The Nancy Boys, and Solitaire the Musical!, have collaborated to create a two-day musical improv intensive to give students the skills, scene, and song structure to perform a fully improvised musical.
This two-day intensive will introduce students to the fundamentals of improvised musical comedy and help take your scenes to the next level. Learn to improvise songs that sound like they’ve already been written as we explore rhythm and rhyme, common song structures with memorable hooks, and how they fit into a greater musical narrative.
Pre-registration is required to attend this two-day workshop and participants should plan to attend both days of the workshop. Admission to the Improv! The Musical workshop is priced on a sliding scale ($95 – $115). Reserve your spot to this workshop in advance, then come on down to CoHo for two afternoons of community and musical improvisation!
Improv! The Musical Showcase with Laura Hall and the Portland Improv Allstars!
Presented By Laura Hall And Nick Condon
Sunday, Oct. 16th @ 7 PM
RUNTIME: 75 Minutes
Always wondered what a completely improvised musical might look like? Well, now’s your chance to find out! Join Laura Hall (Music Director, Whose Line is it Anyway?), Nick Condon (The Nancy Boys), and the Improv! The Musical workshop participants for the Improv! The Musical Showcase!
After spending 6 hours and 2 days with Laura and Nick in an improvisational musical intensive, workshop participants will gain the skills, scene, and song structure to perform a fully improvised musical. Watch their hard work come to life on the CoHo stage when participants are given the opportunity to show off the final products of their musical labor in a 75 minute showcase, complete with guest appearances from some of the funniest folx in town.
Join us on Sunday, Oct. 16th at 7 PM when Laura Hall and Portland’s finest come together for a one night only improv comedy musical showcase, featuring the members of the Improv! The Musical workshop intensive and local improv veterans Betse Green, Bill Cernanski, Eric Nepom, Nick Condon and more. Tickets are all Pay-What-You-Can, so grab a buddy, grab some tickets, and come on down to CoHo for this one-night-only event!
Meet the Presenters
Laura Hall is best known as the improvisational pianist on all 17 seasons of the hit television show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?”. Laura has toured extensively with “Drew Carey and the Improv All Stars” and performed with “Whose Line Live” at the Adelphi, the Palladium, and Royal Albert Hall in London.
Laura got her start in improv as a musical director and composer at The Second City Chicago. She has performed with numerous improv groups, including: iO Chicago and iO West; The Annoyance Theater in Chicago; ImprovBoston; Arcade Comedy in Pittsburgh, Curious Comedy in Portland, “Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!” in L.A., and “Hyprov” with Colin Mochrie and Asad Mecci.
In the course of her career, she’s played with performers as diverse as Robin Williams, Jane Lynch, Keegan Michael-Key, Joe Walsh (of the Eagles), Nicole Parker, Florence Henderson, Andy Richter, and Richard Simmons.
Laura and her husband, Rick Hall, teach music improv around the world. She created “Improv Karaoke”, which are tracks for improvisers to learn how to do song improv. She co-wrote the book “The Improv Comedy Musician: The Ultimate Guide to Playing Music with an Improv Group”, and will soon be releasing a series of instructional videos, “A Musician’s Guide to Improv Comedy”, to teach the specialized skill of playing for improv.
Laura has written music for television shows, plays, and musicals. She’s scored several indie films, including romantic comedies and two award-winning documentaries about the holocaust, “After Auschwitz” and “Swimming in Auschwitz”. She also wrote the music for “The Wheels on the Bus” children’s video series, starring Roger Daltrey (of The Who) as an 8 ft dragon.
For more about Laura, visit www.laurahall.com
Nick Condon has been improvising, teaching, and coaching for over two decades, and has performed in nearly every state in the union. A Minneapolis native, he studied and performed at The Brave New Workshop, and Comedy Sportz, and was a founding member of Five Man Job.
In 2006 he moved to Talkeetna, Alaska where he served as Creative Director of Denali Drama and Iditaprov. While in Alaska he produced, directed, taught, and performed all over the state.
He moved to Portland in June of 2016 to teach, coach, direct, and perform at Curious Comedy where he was in “Pipes!”, BattleAx, and directed the Rhapsody! An Improvised Musical. He is currently a member of several troupes including Tire Swing, The Nancy Boys Mysteries, and Solitaire: The Improvised One Man, One Act, Musical.