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We Could Eat Pizza Everyday

Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We LOVE pizza.  We’re so lucky to have friends at Home Run Inn.  They are bringing pizza specials to our Storytown fans.  Whether you need pizza delivered to Stage 773 for a birthday party or want a lunch out with the family following the show, take advantage of these deals.  Your tummy and taste buds will thank us.

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Bring your friends and experience more in Storytown

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Are you a room mom looking for a meet up activities for your class?  Cub or girl scout troop looking for an adventure?  Drama club wanted to get an inside look at the theater?

Workshop add on’s are available.

Storytown Group Outings

 

Storytown Super Fan Attends 100th Show

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

 

Storytown Super Fan Attends 100th Show

By Bethany Hubbard

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Nine-year-old Ava Kolarich first came to see Storytown when she was only three and a half years old. On November 5, she will celebrate attending here 100th Storytown show.

What started as a fun way to spend a Saturday morning, soon turned into a weekend family tradition. “We wanted Ava to learn how to improvise,” said Ava’s mom, Kim. “When she went to the show and had so much fun, she asked to go every Saturday.”

At Storytown, the kids in the audience provide suggestions for the actors to help further the story, and they even get to come on stage and participate. Ava said she loves that the show is interactive, and enjoyable for people of all ages.

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“I just really think it’s fun,” said Ava, who likes that the kids’ suggestions have a big impact on the show. “And, it’s a good way to start up acting. It can really inspire people.”

Storytown helped Ava learn how to improvise, and has even inspired her to pursue a future career in acting. “Storytown gave me the skills to be able to work in a Hollywood film that was completely improvised when I was six years old,” said Ava, who appears in the recently released feature film “Ovation!” with her mom. The film, which was shot in Los Angeles, follows a group of actors backstage in the week before they may be forced to close their theater due to economic hardship.

“Storytown has also positively impacted Ava’s development with regard to confidence, verbal skills and poise,” said Ava’s dad, Jim.

On November 5, Ava will ring her 100th show with friends and family, cake and two raffle drawings.

Whatever the future holds, Ava said what’s she learned at Storytown will play an important role. “I’ll use these improv skills through the rest of my life, even if I’m not on stage,” she said. c6415c49-1add-4866-aa40-c4ee36b0f4d4

Tickets for our Saturday shows at 10:30 am are available by calling Stage 773‘s box office at (773) 327-5252 or click to Buy Tickets Online

Shows are recommended for ages 3-10 and their whole family. Children under 2 are free.  All other tickets are $10.

*The author is a member of the Storytown cast.

Storytown Auditions

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Storytown Auditions Fall 2016

Storytown Improv is seeking improvisers who love performing for kids and can sing or aren’t afraid to sing.

Auditions will take place on Sunday November 20th 11am-2pm at Stage 773 (1225 W Belmont Ave).

Please prepare 30 seconds of any song to sing a Capella and be prepared to improvise. Auditions will be scheduled in 30 minute slots.  The 30 minutes will include your song, storytelling, and a mini Storytown show.

Please arrive to your audition a few minutes ahead of time to check in.  Bring a headshot and resume with you.  Performers with teaching experience encouraged.  Please include teaching experience on your resume.

Storytown performances are every Saturday morning at Stage 773 at 10:30AM. Call for the day is 9:30am. Saturday performances are not paid, however, there are opportunities for paid performances throughout the year.

If you have any questions regarding your audition slot of the auditions in general, please email Jill Olson at jill@storytownimprov.com.  In addition, all interested are welcome to comp tickets to a Storytown performance prior to the auditions.

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Join the Funny with a Storytown Workshop

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Community and Educational, Just for Kids, Stage 773, Storytown News, Townies | 0 comments

Girl Scouts! Girl Scouts!

Come and join us for a whole Storytown day. You’ll be able to get up on stage and learn the fundamentals of improv and teamwork before the show!

Register now.

http://gcnwiprograms.org/program/2232

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Recycled Art

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Community and Educational, Storytown News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Storytown uses butcher paper for our backdrop every week.  Sometimes the birthday family or school takes the backdrop with them as a memento.  Sometimes we’ll cut certain pictures out so an audience member can have a souvenir of the show.  We go through so much paper.

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We can’t just throw it away!

We have decided to find ways to turn it into new art.  We met new friends at Quest Theatre Ensemble.  Throughout it’s existence, Quest Theatre Ensemble has been dedicated to being the “People’s Theatre of Chicago” by creating productions that inform, delight, inspire and unite.  In their productions they use large scale puppetry.  The other week we made a stop at their space on W. Gregory where they have free theater for the public.  We dropped off a month’s worth of paper in hopes that they would find new life as puppets.  

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While our paper isn’t the right paper for the paper machete puppets,  it’s perfect for stuffing puppets to create an under structure skeleton and shape.  We’ll be working with them the end of the year to bring them more paper as they begin constructing puppets for a remount of our largest large-scale puppetry productions.  Our paper will find new life.

 

Do you need paper?

Let us know!  The more recycled art the better.  You can reach us at info@storytownimprov.com.  We would be more than happy to spread the art and share.