Improv Bootcamp!

Improv Bootcamp!

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January 18th – February 22nd • 6 week program  •  90 minute sessions • Mondays from 3:45 to 5:15PM

Cost: $125 for a 6 week session

Payment can be split into two payments: $75 for the first payment, for a nonrefundable $25 deposit and 1st month’s classes and $50 for the 2nd month’s classes. To make two payments, please register below and contact Aubrey@LoveTheREP.com to arrange.

Click here for the required registration form. Please return this to The REP on the first day of Bootcamp or email to Aubrey@LoveTheREP.com 

What exactly do you DO in Improv Bootcamp?

To put it simply, our class is like an upbeat, funny acting class.  If you’ve seen the TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, you have a sense of what improv is.  Basically, it’s a form of comedy where the live audience gives suggestions to the performers, who work as a team to create stories and scenes off the top of their head.  

We don’t write prepared jokes (like in stand-up comedy), and we don’t memorize funny lines (like in sketch comedy or sitcoms).  Everything in improv is made up on the spot.  So in class we spend time:  warming up with silly group exercises, learning longform improv (how to build scenes from scratch and tie them together to other scenes), and how to play age-appropriate short-form improv games that are structured to perform well in front of a live audience.  

If you’re still unsure, we invite you to attend one of our Improv Army Comedy Show performances.  It will give you a more clear picture of what it is that we teach.  

Discounts:

Sibling discount: 15% – Use Promotional Code: SIBLING
Membership discount: 20%
Discounts cannot be combined

Signing up in the middle of a session?

That’s okay!  We’re always happy to accept new students, as space permits.  The classes do not build on each other throughout the session, so they’re very “drop in” friendly.  

To check availability and receive a prorated invoice to reflect the late start-date, please email Aubrey@lovetherep.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you really teach comedy to kids... and why would you do such a thing?

Children and teens respond well to improv and sketch comedy instruction because, well… it’s fun!  Our goal is to mask the important life lessons, social skills, and discipline we’re teaching, behind a whole lot of laughter and ridiculousness.  Spontaneity, working together as a team, concentration, creativity, and confidence are some of the skills we nurture.  We’re like regular school in that our exercises require thought, focus, and problem solving.  But in comedy school, there are no wrong answers.  Kids have the freedom to interpret the exercises as they please.  At The REP’s Improv Bootcamp, being unique, smart, and a little quirky is super, super cool. Click here to read an article about kids and improv!

Is this a "child actor" place?

No.  Our mission is to share all the benefits of improv comedy training with regular ol’ every day kids.  The majority of our student body takes class simply because it’s fun, and because their parents are EXTREMELY SMART and understand all the life-skills to be gained.  (See what we did there?)  The point is, all are welcome.  Introverts, extroverts, beginners, pros, class clowns and even class misfits will feel right at home.  If your child happens to be pursuing show business as a profession, that’s cool.  Don’t let us scare you off.  It’s just that we approach all of our students with the goal of helping them grow as smart, happy, and kind young people, not as polished, professional performers.  We take the safe environment that we’ve created pretty seriously, and we like to protect it from the results-oriented realities of show biz.  

How many kids are in a class?

The maximum number of students is 16, with about 12 students being most ideal.

How do class payments work?

At the time of registration, parents have the option of making a payment in full or splitting the registration amount into two payments. The initial payment is for $75 and the second payment is due the second month of classes for $50. 

Payments in the form of cash, check, or credit card are payable in person or by mail at The REP Theatre P.O. Box 4814 Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.  When mailing a payment, please include your email, preferred class day/time, and child’s name/age.  You’ll receive a confirmation via email.  Checks should be made payable to The REP Theatre.  

Because we’re a not-for-profit arts organization, parents sometimes ask what payment method we prefer.  We’re happy to accept any form of payment, but cash or check payments are best, since they help us avoid hefty transaction fees.  Either way, we appreciate your business very much.

How do absences and make-up classes work?

A maximum of 3 make-up classes are granted per session.  Because improv is a “team sport” and we keep our class sizes small, students are missed when they do not attend class.  We kindly ask that parents discuss the class commitment with their child before signing up.  However, when unexpected absences come up, we’re happy to help accommodate a makeup class.  

In order to do so, 24-hour notice is required.  Students will be given the option to make-up their missed class during any other scheduled class time on our calendar, within an appropriate age range.  Parents should email us to schedule an appointment for a makeup class.  The make-up class window of opportunity will expire 30 days after the missed class, and any missed make-up classes will be forfeited.  No refunds or monetary credit will be given for any absences, with or without notice.  Any last-minute absences due to things like sickness, auditions, or forgetting will not be guaranteed a makeup class, but we’ll try and fit you in if we have space.  

A call, text, or email is appreciated in the event of a last-minute absence so that we can try and open the spot to another student.  We are unable to accommodate makeup classes for any “No Call/No Show” absences.  In the event of chronic absences throughout a class session, we reserve the right to excuse a student from class and offer their seat to another child on the wait-list.  We also reserve the right to withhold performance privileges if we feel it would be in the best interest of the student and the class.   

What are your cancellation/ drop-out policies?

In general, we are happy to work with you whenever we can.  If a cancellation isn’t costing us money because a class or camp wasn’t sold out anyway, we’re happy to issue a 100% refund.  It’s when the cancellation costs another student a spot in class that we’re stuck with enforcing the following Cancellation Policies:

A non-refundable $50 deposit is built into the first month’s class fee.  Cancellations that come in at least 14 days prior to the first class of the session can be refunded, less the deposit.  Cancellations that come in at least 7 days prior to the first class will be responsible for the first month’s payment.  Our 7-day-notice policy extends throughout the entire session.  

Which class should I choose?

Our classes and camps are broken down by age group.  Everything on our calendar is suitable for beginners, unless otherwise noted.  If your child falls between age ranges, feel free to use your instincts when selecting a class.  Please note: If siblings of different ages prefer to take class together, they must opt for the younger age group.

Can I watch the class?

We do not allow parents inside The REP during class.  Unfortunately, it makes for a difficult distraction for the students.  Teaching comedy and encouraging spontaneity gets tricky when there’s an audience present.  We understand that parents of young students who are brand new to our classes might feel anxious about leaving their child in a brand new environment with people they’ve never met, especially if they were not referred to us by word of mouth.  If this is you, please feel free to contact us and arrange for a Meet & Greet appointment.  We’ll be happy to give you a tour of the facility, meet your child, and answer any questions you may have.

What do parents do during class?

Most parents drop off and return at the end of class.  Parents are also welcome to visit one of our neighbors within walking distance: Modica Market, Amavida Coffee, Central Square Records, Sundog Books, Great Southern, and more… You can visit the beach, get your nails done, catch up on errands, whatever you would like to do! 

Where exactly is The REP located?

We are located at 216 Quincy Circle in Seaside, FL. In between the back of Modica Market and the Seaside Motor Court.

What should I bring/wear to class?

Students should dress however they’re comfortable. 

Do you steer students away from yucky/ inappropriate subject matter?

Absolutely.  One of our rules at Improv Boot Camp is to “Keep Grandma Happy.”  This means that our standard for appropriateness of content is based on an imaginary audience full of grandmas.  We encourage students to play to the top of their intelligence and to come up with ideas that require thought and creativity.

Is my child too young?

Our youngest class is designed for 4-6 year olds.  When it comes to 4 year olds, the program is best suited for kids who have developed strong verbal skills, are able to listen and follow directions, and who can handle potty time without any assistance from our teachers.  Otherwise, we suggest waiting until age 5 to begin.  Parents are welcome to setup a trial class if they’re unsure.

What is the expected behavior for students at Improv Boot Camp? My child has a diagnosed behavioral challenge and/or struggles with listening and following directions.

It truly depends on the individual child.  In general, we have found that all types of kids from all types of backgrounds can really excel in our program.  That being said, any child with a behavioral diagnosis will certainly be challenged in our classroom.  Here’s why:  A major aspect of our curriculum involves learning about stage time versus audience time, and this is taught through constant transitions throughout class.  Students learn to be energetic, outgoing, and outside-the-box while on stage, and then learn to switch off and be concentrated, courteous, and silent while their classmates are on stage.  We incorporate these transitions because they teach focus, discipline, and a general respect for the performance environment, which is applicable to all kinds of audience-related experiences in life.  This style of teaching also prepares our students to perform in their Improv Army Comedy Show, where they will be required to be “on” while performing and “off” while not performing.  It’s expected that these transitions are challenging for any child, or any grown-up for that matter, but it is also expected that over time our students grasp these concepts and respect our rules.  

We teach our behavior expectations with compassion, but the boundaries are certainly made clear and non-negotiable to our students.  Our high standards of behavior apply to all students, regardless of diagnosis or background. Although we would love to accept any and all children into our program, we do make it a priority to protect the integrity of our classroom so that other students’ experience of The REP’s Improv Bootcamp is not compromised.  We reserve the right to dismiss students from class if behaviors are disruptive.  

Regarding parents of children with specific concerns in this area, we strongly suggest setting up a trial class, and bringing any diagnosis or medical information to our attention in advance.  This will help us better answer your questions and provide feedback.  

Can I come see The REP?

Yes!  We’d love to show you around and meet you and your child!  An appointment is required.

Can I register for a class after the session has already started?

Yes!  We accept ongoing enrollments for classes, but only as space permits.  If we’re able to add your child into a class mid-session, your payment will be prorated to reflect their enrollment date. Please contact Aubrey@LoveTheREP.com for more information.

Will my child get to perform?

Yes! All of our classes feature a performance for family and friends at the end of each course called the Improv Army Showcase which will be held on November 13th.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to practice their performance skills and show off all they’ve learned in class.  Pictures and video are welcome!