Beat stage fright with TIFT classes

 Jan 31, 2014
Barrie Advance

It’s not just for kids anymore.

Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is expanding its education programs to offer classes for teens and adults.

“We held our first adult improv class during the Barrie International Comedy Festival in September and we had an overwhelming interest,” TIFT’s director of education Sarah Morano said.

The next adult session, Improv: Storytelling, runs Feb. 4 to March 25. The cost is $150.

You will learn to apply the basic skills of improvisation to the storytelling process.

Beginning with simple character-based games and exchanges, the class will build toward a more complex final performance for family and friends.

“It’s a great way for people to get out their shell and try something new,” Morano said. “It will help with public speaking and presentation skills. It’s a great confidence booster.”

Meanwhile Sketch Comedy for Teens runs Feb. 12 to March 19 and costs $120.

Teens will learn sketch fundamentals, writing, acting, directing, editing and put it all together to create a video.

Registration is also open for TIFT’s March Break camps, during which participants create and perform an original piece of theatre.

“They will be immersed in all things theatre, including props, costumes, improv, memorizing lines and working as a team,” Morano said.

For more information, visit or call 705-792-1949.

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