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Workshop: Finding Your Song – Musical Improv
This workshop is full.
If you’ve ever been told you can’t sing, time to prove the naysayers wrong! Musical Theatre makes space for the voice of the character, no matter how that character sounds. Even further, improvising musicals works with your voice, sound and range, not imposed by sheets on a page or a pre-existing melody. No matter your level of musical improv experience, this workshop will help you find your song and give you the tools to make up show tunes that will have the audience laughing, crying or humming along. First we’ll give you the tools to make up songs, then we’ll examine song types found in musicals and vocal qualities that come from character. Finally, we’ll explore simplicity and will touch on finding your song in a scene.
Participants should wear comfortable clothes they are able to move in.
This is an intermediate workshop. To register, you should have minimum 50 hours of improv experience & instruction. This workshop is open to students with any level of musical improv experience. If you have questions about your level, contact jess@kinkonauts.com 

Taught by Byron Martin and Curtis den Otter

Byron Martin is an Edmonton-based actor, improviser and the Founder and Artistic Director of Grindstone Theatre . He is the director of The 11 O’clock Number! The Improvised Musical, which has toured internationally. Byron is a graduate of the MacEwan Theatre Arts Program and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland MA Musical Theatre Program. Byron has worked as an actor for The Citadel Theatre, Alberta Opera, Edmonton Actors Theatre, The National Theatre of Scotland, The Citizens Theatre (Glasgow), Trunk Theatre, Malachite Theatre, and Theatre YES to name a few.  He is the recipient of Theatre Alberta’s Community Service Award, voted VUE weekly’s Champion of the Arts and was nominated for Outstanding Artistic Director at the Mayors Celebration of the Arts, and as an actor was nominated for Best Supporting Actor and Outstanding Achievement in Theatre for Young Audiences at the Edmonton Sterling Awards. Directing credits include Here Lies Henry, The Adventures of Chucky and Reggie and Urinetown, The Musical (Grindstone Theatre).

Curtis den Otter: Hailing from Edmonton, Curtis den Otter is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and actor with a deep love of music and improvisational theatre and a keen interest in inspiring that same love in others. Curtis performs as a regular accompanist for (and is an erstwhile cast member of) Grindstone Theatre’s weekly improvised musical, The 11 O’Clock Number. Past musical theatre credits include the Musical Director for Wise Fool Players’ production of Seussical and the co-writer/co-director of several KaRAR Productions performances—including their 2017 version of Cinderella.

April 21
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
$35 – $40
The Kinkonauts
The Lab
922 9 Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 0S4 Canada
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