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Working as an Ensemble (Advanced Improv Level Tier 2)
*Please email info@happiervalley.com if you're interested in taking this class* Learn what it takes to be part of a performing group. Sharpen your skills in listening, supporting, leading and following. We'll practice putting scenes together to form a cohesive performance, with a focus on the timing and execution of edits and making moves that benefit the current scene and the piece as a whole. By the end of the class, we'll work on finding connections between themes and characters to weave our scenes together. PREREQUISITE: At least one "Tier 1" Level Advanced Improv Class at Happier Valley Comedy School. (If you're not sure if you meet the prerequisite, please contact Rich at info@happiervalley.com.) About your teacher: Scott Braidman has been learning, teaching, and performing improvisation for 13 years. He has studied and performed the Harold at The iO Theater in Chicago, The UCB Theater in New York, and ImprovBoston. He's currently living right here in the Happy Valley, performing with The Majesters and The Happier Valley Comedy Show. Eight Wednesdays, 7-9pm, starting September 7, 2016 (Complete dates below.) At North Star in Sunderland (45 Amherst Road, Sunderland) Price: $160 Dates: 9/7 9/14 9/21 9/28 10/5 10/12 10/19 10/26 (If we need a make up class it will be on 11/2) ***Students are required to attend at least six of the eight classes in order to graduate to the next level.*** IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE, you may call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 to register via phone. If that doesn't work for you, email Rich at info@happiervalley.com to complete the process, old school-style. (Small print: Please note that once you make your purchase, your place in the class is non-refundable unless we can get someone to fill your spot.)

When: Sep 7, 2016 7pm to Oct 26, 2016 9pm in Sunderland, MA
Cost: 80 - 160 USD

Nashville Recording Artist Lance Stinson Plays The Os

Country music star Lance Stinson is back, visiting us all the way from Nashville.  Come early to get a seat as Lance starts at 9and we are expecting a sell out.  Must be in by 9pm with your pre-paid ticket to guarantee entrance

When: Sep 25, 2016 8pm in Sunderland, MA

Harold 1: Advanced Zen of Improv Class

Eight Wednesdays, 7-9pm, starting November 9 (Complete dates below.) At North Star in Sunderland (45 Amherst Road, Sunderland) Price: $160 Pre-requisite: At least one session of an Advanced Zen of Improv class. A fast paced, get-your-hands-dirty introduction to the most widely performed longform structure of all time. We'll dive into openers, scene beats, group games, and controlled chaos, then put it all together to create a few Harolds of our own. Are you an Advanced Zen student who is curious about this Harold thing? This class is for you! Did you take Scott's first "Hello, Harold" class, and you'd like to get more reps and polish your moves? Well, this class is for you too! We'll move a bit faster than "Hello, Harold" to get this form on its feet and learn by doing. More stuff: The Harold is the granddaddy of all improvisation structures. It's the ballet of improv - the form upon which almost all other forms are based and the most widely performed longform structure of all time. Born in 1967, the Harold is largely credited with creating longform improvisation as we know it today. Yep, it's pretty awesome. This Advanced Zen of Improv class introduces you to the basic elements of The Harold: Openings, Games, Three Beats of Scenes. Plus, we dive into the skills upon which the concept of Harold sits, such as recognizing and playing the patterns, establishing groupmind, and the beauty of controlled chaos. Then we put it all together to create a few Harolds of our own! Please note: In order to qualify for this class, you need to have taken at least one other Advanced Zen of Improv class or the equivalent at another improv school. It is suggested that you read "Truth in Comedy" by Charna Halpern, Del Close, and Kim "Howard" Johnson before the first class. About your teacher: Scott Braidman has been learning, teaching, and performing improvisation for 13 years. He has studied and performed the Harold at The iO Theater in Chicago, The UCB Theater in New York, and ImprovBoston. He's currently living right here in the Happy Valley, performing with The Majesters and The Happier Valley Comedy Show. Dates: 11/9 11/16 NO CLASS ON 11/23 11/30 12/7 12/14 12/21 NO CLASS ON 12/28 1/4 1/11 [;If we need a make up class it will be on 1/18]; ***Students are required to attend at least six of the eight classes in order to graduate to the next level.*** IF YOU REALLY CAN'T PAY ONLINE, PLEASE EMAIL info@happiervalley.com TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.

When: Nov 9, 2016 7pm to Jan 11, 2017 9pm in Sunderland, MA
Cost: 160 - 160 USD

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About Sunderland, MA
The Town of Sunderland Massachusetts was founded in 1718 and is located in Franklin County. Originally Swampfield Sunderland was renamed in honor of Charles Spencer, the Earl of Sunderland and former prime minister of England.

The town contains about 4000 year round residents.

Sunderland is home to Mount Toby State Forest which is a favorite hiking, biking and trail-riding spot for visitors and residents alike. The towns “Buttonball Tree” which is over 350 years old located on North Main Street is also a large tourist attraction.