Flying Pig Improv
June 23-25, 2023Flying Pig Improv, Wichita, KS
As if improv isn’t challenging enough, let’s add rhythm, melodies, and song structure! Musical improv is the ultimate high wire act that is thrilling but not necessarily scary. Our guest coaches will guide you through the basics of moving from scenes to songs, creating choruses and verses, and taking the pressure off of rhyming.
The whirlwind weekend will begin with an improvised musical on Friday night from our guests from the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago.
Then three workshop sessions on Saturday and Sunday and it culminates in your own show on Sunday afternoon.
We are also offering a special workshop for musicians who might like to get in on the improv excitement as Music Directors.
It’s necessary to have some (even a little) improv experience. It is NOT necessary to be a great singer or to have musical experience. Really.
Only 15 spots available; register early to secure yours!
Friday, 6/23 8:00pMusical Improv SHOW featuring our instructors
Saturday, 6/24 10:00a-1:00pIntro to Musical Improv
Saturday, 6/24 2:00-5:00pImprovising Chorus and Verse
Saturday, 6/24 2:00-5:00pImprovisational Music Direction**
Sunday, 6/25 9:00a-NoonAdd Pizzazz With Blues, Opera, & Jazz!
Sunday, 6/25 9:00a-NoonImprovisational Music Direction**
Sunday, 6/25 1:00-4:30p show prep & Musical Improv SHOWCASE*
Full Package – $350 includes:
* To perform in the Sunday Showcase, students need to take at least the Saturday afternoon AND Sunday morning workshops.
** For those with keyboard chops, The Musical Direction workshops for you are FREE. Contact Jessie for more info and to sign up.
Saturday, 6/24 10:00a-1:00p Intro to Musical Improv – Kate Ahern
This improviser sang jazz all day,This improviser sang (blues, hip-hop, and) reggae, This improviser sang rock and roll!
Here is the introductory workshop for absolute beginners that will cover physical and vocal warm-ups, basic singing techniques, and a LOT of fun group exercises. You will learn how to listen to each other, build on each other’s ideas, and let go of your inhibitions to create something astounding.
Sandwiches. Vegetarian options available. If you have special food needs, please contact Jessie Gray at 316.833.1889.
Saturday, 6/24 2:00-5:00pImprovising Chorus and Verse – Camila Frausto
You can WOW any crowd by easily building a playful or moving song when you learn simple fundamentals of improvising chorus and verse for solos, duets, or group songs.
This class is for all levels of experience whether you love to sing in the shower or you want to be a rock star with a full ensemble behind you. This class helps build your foundation.
Saturday, 6/24 2:00-5:00p
Improvisational Music Direction** – Neil Pomerleau
You’ve got keyboard chops and we want you to be part of this high wire act! This workshop will include a basic intro to musical improvisation and take you all the way through genres and styles, effective warm-ups, and tips on adding depth to the practices with improvisers. This will be held simultaneously to the Chorus and Verse workshop in a nearby location.
Sunday, 6/25 9:00a-Noon
Add Pizzazz With Blues, Opera, & Jazz! – Kate & Camila
Get ready to wow an audience with a high energy group opener (jazz hands included), then learn flexibility in the song styles of blues, jazz, and opera.
Opener: Using basic chorus and verse, develop a tight group mind to sing a stunning group song and open your show with energy!
Blues: FEELINGS? Singing the blues is cathartic, soulful, and FUN. We will introduce you to that basic, recognizable structure that will have you singing the blues.
Jazz: Ah, yes, the music of improvisation itself. We will syncopate, scat, and swing!
Opera: Don’t be intimidated. Your coaches will teach you how to harness the drama, passion, and theatricality of this genre. Learn the secret to opera-fying any musical scene!
Improvisational Music Direction Part 2** – Neil Pomerleau
The learning and practice continues. We hope you can participate in both workshops for Music Directors.
Pizza. Vegetarian options available. If you have special food needs, please contact Jessie Gray at 316.833.1889.
Sunday, 6/25 1:00-4:30p
Show Prep and Showcase
Click HERE to register to perform in the Showcase (ala carte)
1:00-2:30p – Show Prep
Putting together a performance can be a thrilling experience. This part of the day is a masterclass in group facilitation, trust building, and positive reinforcement. You’ll learn how to lean into your strengths and perform an incredible show that will leave your audience on your side. This is a valuable experience that you can take with you anywhere.
2:30-3:00p – your audience arrives
3:00 – 4:30p –Musical Improv Showcase!*
Invite your friends and family to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You will be on stage as a musical improvisor with confidence and chops so sing out and enjoy! Audience tickets will be $5.
* Prerequisite to perform: Take at least Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning workshops.
Neil is an improviser and musician who performs both on stage and on keyboard for many improvised shows around the San Francisco Bay Area, including Made Up Theatre, Flash Mob Musical, and BATS Improv. In 2020, he also made his musical theatre debut as “Sweaty Eddie” in Sister Act, which was tragically cut short by the obvious. A lifelong musician, Neil currently sings and plays keyboard for various groups and serves as CTO of Techapella, a non-profit that advocates for music and arts programs within Bay Area corporations: www.neilpomerleau.com
** Musical Directors
You are a rare commodity. We want to give you the opportunity to add musical improv to your repertoire and then pay you for your skills when we want to practice and perform in the future. These workshops will be conducted in a separate nearby location and you will have semi-private instruction from working MDs for a deep dive into this thrilling adventure. There is no cost to you for these special workshops on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. We hope you will participate in both workshops.
You are welcome to contact Jessie Gray at 316.833.1889 to discuss this in more depth.
Prerequisites: All levels are welcome and NO experience needed
Note: This is an activity for adults AND kids together; no drop-offs. “Kids” are 8-17 years old.
Schedule: Stay tuned for upcoming Family Improv Events
Price: $5 per person / big or small
You want new activities and adventures you can share with the kids in your life. So bring your 8-17 year old kids, grand kids, Littles, nieces/nephews, and assorted cousins to enjoy improv games and laughs together.
Improv is simply being spontaneous, taking a risk, saying the next thing, and laughing freely. Everyone gets to be imperfect and have lots of fun! Give them an experience they won’t forget.
In PINK Short Form, we learn to play without so many words. In some improv games we secretly signal to our partners what they need to say to keep us out of trouble. In other games we use gibberish to heighten the players’ struggle (which also heightens the fun for the audience). The Short Form games we learn in PINK include Foreign Film, Location/Object/Weapon (LOW), Excuses, and many others.
GREEN Short Form focuses on space and object work. We don’t have props and costumes; no scenery or recorded soundscape. To lure our audience into our stories, we rely on the way we handle imaginary objects and the environment. The Short Form games we learn in GREEN include Freeze Tag, Lines from a Box, One-minute Fairy Tale among many others.