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Youth improv festival in Green Oaks

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Improv teams and clubs from the Chicago northern suburbs are invited to register for the North Suburban Youth Improv Festival sponsored by Improv Playhouse Community Outreach and Education.

The festival is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Oak Grove School, 1700 S. O'Plaine Road, Green Oaks.

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To register, visit the playhouse at 116 W. Lake St., Libertyville or www.improvplayhouse.com or call (847) 968-4529 by Monday, Nov. 21.

Cost is $25 per student. Lunch will be served from a local vendor with meat or veggie options. The registration fee includes enrollment in the workshops and lunch and a public performance opportunity for the team or ensembles represented.

The goal of the Improv Playhouse North Suburban Youth Improv Festival is to establish a community of teen and tween improvisers representative of a myriad training organizations and school districts.

David Stuart, executive producer at Improv Playhouse, is founding the festival along with Betsy Driver Williams, drama educator at Oak Grove School. The festival is created to enable these young performers to showcase their passion and interest in improvisation, its many forms and presentational styles, in front of their peers and community.

"We believe, improvisation is an underrated and underutilized mode of artistic expression. By providing the participants the opportunity to exercise this art, we hope to foster the growth of self expression, community involvement, team work and friendly collaboration", Stuart said.

The Illinois Allstate Teen Improv Team and Improv Playhouse Teen Ensembles will be featured headliners. Workshop coaches will include staff from elite improv programs. An all festival team will also perform.

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