Summer 2017 Classes

It’s back! 4 weeks of classes and one extra week for show day!

Mondays July 3rd – July 23rd

All classes are held outside in the park next to Waveland Clock Tower. (If you have ever been to Nerdception or where we LARPed “Attack on Titan”,  it’s the same space.) All classes run rain or shine, unless there’s a great deal of rain or cold, and then they will be moved to Pendulum. Drop-ins are welcome at all classes, except for the plays. Classes, of course, must meet their minimum to run at all.

 

Details and Perks of the Park:  There is plenty of metered parking. There are public bathrooms. Plenty of shade. A lovely bar/cafe. Drop your kid off or stay and enjoy the park! Sign up for 3 (paying classes) and get one free!

 

Address of Waveland Clock Tower:

3600 N. Recreation Dr., Chicago, IL 60613

Classes are to the far south of the clock tower behind the bird sanctuary. Parking is available either next to the tower or across the baseball fields on Recreation Drive.

 

Address of Rain Day Location: Pendulum

1803 W. Byron St. #215, Chicago, IL 60613

 

Time Classes
10:00 am-12:00 pm Theatre Hike: Romeo and Juliet OR Wind in the Willows
12:00 pm-12:30 pm Lunch Break (bring your own picnic)
12:30 pm-1:30 pm Archery Fundamentals
1:45 pm-2:45 pm Stage Combat Knife Nerdprov
3:00 pm-3:45 pm Storytime
4:00 pm-5:30 pm LARP

 

Theatre Hike! Our Summer Shows!

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This summer pick between two classics. “Romeo and Juliet” or “The Wind in the Willows”. Each play will feature a reduced cutting of the full play with narration that brings the audience from scene to scene in a theatre hike performed on the last day of class. Pick the play you love because you can only be in one!

 

Romeo and Juliet:

In William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, a long feud between the Montague and Capulet families disrupts the city of Verona and causes tragic results for Romeo and Juliet. Revenge, love, and a secret marriage force the young star-crossed lovers to grow up quickly — and fate causes them to commit suicide in despair. Featuring sword fights and some of the most beautiful scenes ever written

Ages: 10 and up

Min/Max: 12/20

 

The Wind in the Willows:

Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures–in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood–continue to capture readers’ imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, “The Wind in the Willows” is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie.

Ages:  6 and up

Min/Max: 12/20

 

Nitty Gritty for Both Shows:

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Weeks: 5 weeks, July 3rd-July 31st

Cost: $100.00

Notes:  The 5th week is the performance!

 

Archery Fundamentals and Nerf Archery Tag (Drop-in option!)

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This class will cover the basics of firing a bow and arrow. Using LARP (Live Action Role-Playing) bows and rubber-headed arrows, participants will learn proper safety techniques for becoming the next Katniss, Merida or Robin Hood. Then we’ll slip into some good ole’-fashioned nerf combat fun with Nerf Archery Tag. With an emphasis on bows and arrows, we will play awesome combat games and hope the luck will ever be in our favor.

Time: 12:30-1:30

Weeks: 4 weeks, July 3-July 24

Ages:  8 and up

Min/Max 6/20

Cost: $85

Notes: We will allow some other projectile weapons but every participant is encouraged to buy the Nerf Rebelle (the one that fires Nerf Elite darts). Bows are provided and are PVC.

 

Knife Fighting for Stage and Film (Drop-in option!)

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An introduction to an ancient weapon. Learn how to stage an epic-looking fight in this non-performance- based class. Increase your body awareness and stage presence as you manipulate the number one featured weapon in stage and film! Enjoy the rush of combat without anyone getting hurt.

Time: 1:45-2:45

Weeks: 4 weeks, July 3-July 24

Ages:  8 and up

Min/Max 4/10

Cost: $85

Notes: Practice knives will be supplied. Do not bring any from home.

 

Nerdprov (Drop-in option!)

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Let’s be serious, we all want to play at Hogwarts or escape the Death Star. This is the class where that can totally happen. Each week we will create improvised scenes set in our favorite geeky worlds. Students will learn the basics of improv and scene work while playing with some of our favorite characters and universes. The last week, we will invite families to watch us play out our geek dreams.

Time: 1:45-2:45

Weeks: 4 weeks, July 3-July 24

Ages:  6 and up

Min/max: 4/10

Cost: $85

 

Story Time with EDGE Teachers–FREE CLASS!

(Drop-in option!)

How did our staff end up so crazy and creative? Mostly cuz they read. A lot! Join EDGE teachers for a quiet time relaxing and reading their favorite children’s books. Practice reading along or just listen and imagine. Quiet activities like bubbles or arts and crafts welcome but not provided. Bring the family and enjoy silly books and summer bliss. Meant for the younger actor-to-be or lover of stories. Older kids are welcome to read their own books or help the staff read their books. This is also a great way to get to know our teachers and by proxy EDGE Theatre.

Time: 3:00-3:45

Weeks: 4 weeks, July 3-July 24

Ages:  3 and up

Min/Max 8/20

Cost: FREE

 

LARP (Live Action Role-Playing): Return to the Stone Coast (Drop-in option!)

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In this 4-week mini-session, your character will explore the Stone Coast with other companions. Engage in epic battle with foam weaponry. Cast spells and creates stories guided by our Game Master in a game set in the classic D&D world. Costumes are encouraged. All weapons must be nerf style. PLEASE NOTE: THOUGH THIS IS AN OPEN WORLD WHERE NEARLY ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, THERE ARE RULES. In the last game at Nerdception, darkness had been beaten back after a reign of terror. Can the humans and their allies, the merfolk, build a lasting peace?

Time: 4:00-5:30

Weeks: 4 weeks, July 3-July 24

Ages: 10 and up

Min/Max: 4/20

Cost: $85

Notes: This class requires character creation at home, or you may play as a standard character created for you. Adults welcome!