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Intermediate Musical Improv: Story and Song (with Rachel Bouton)

Saturday, October 29, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

In this workshop we’ll dig into song and story, exploring common musical tropes and narrative philosophies to work toward creating fully improvised musicals that feel and sound like a Broadway show.

We’ll practice spot songs and eleven o’clock numbers, learn to create a Les Miserables style fugue, and we may even dance a bit. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be ready to take center stage in your own improvised musical!

This workshop will include live musical accompaniment.

Musical improv experience required (Must have completed at least Intro to Musical Improv at The CCB Training School or equivalent).

Rachel Bouton is an improviser, host, and experience designer based in New York City. She has a BM in Music Performance and after completing the advanced study improv and sketch programs at the Upright Citizens Brigade in 2012, she spent several years as a cast member of the touring musical comedy show Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, performing improvised musicals in exotic locations like Michigan and North Carolina. She is also a founding cast member of Vern, one of New York’s longest running musical improv companies, most recently completing a successful 6-month off-Broadway run in Vern: Off Broadway at The Player’s Theater. She loves to share the joy of musical improv through coaching and teaching, bringing a focus on musicality, character, and storytelling to her work as a teacher. When she isn’t on stage making up musicals, she designs events and experiences for organizations that have included Atlas Obscura, Grist Magazine, Science Friday, and The New York Times. She’s a big trivia and gameshow geek and has appeared as a contestant on $100,000 Pyramid and Who Wants to be a Millionaire (spoiler: I did not become a millionaire). She lives in Queens with her husband and their two cats, all of whom she thinks are very funny and charming.

Please read our health & safety requirements below!

Class Size: 16 students

Student Show: TBD

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Course Dates

October 29th


Roseggerstr. 17
Berlin, 12059 Germany
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Workshop Info & Requirements

Health & Safety Requirements

  • If you are feeling unwell, please let us know and stay home!
  • We recommend students wear masks unless actively performing in a scene or exercise.

Registration requirements:

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Questions? Concerns?
Please (pretty please) read the info below or our full FAQs before contacting us! (We're pretty sure all your questions are answered here).

Can I get a refund after registering?

No. We keep our course and workshop costs low to allow as many students as possible to learn the art & fun of improv. To avoid unnecessary headaches involved in estimating student numbers, keep administrative costs down, and generally be fair to all students and would-be students, we do not offer refunds once a course or workshop registration has been purchased. Please keep this in mind before registering!

Can I test a class before joining?

No. We don’t offer test classes or auditing, but we encourage prospective students to join our weekly open improv jam and to come to House team shows on Friday nights to get an idea of what we’re doing and who we are. This is a great way to meet us and current and former students, as well as join in the CCB community.

I'm going to miss some classes or the student show… Can I still register?

Yes but... we require students to attend at least 6 of the 8 course sessions in order to pass the course and continue taking higher level courses with us. In addition, students may not be more than 15 minutes late to 4 out of 8 classes in order to pass.

We do not offer make-up classes for missed classes. Students are added to a Google Group for their course and can message fellow students for notes about missed classes, but please keep in mind that no one is under any obligation to respond.

The student show offered as part of most courses is not required, but we feel that participating in the show is a fun and rewarding conclusion to the course, so we highly encourage everyone to participate.

If you know you'll miss more than 2 classes, we strongly recommend you do not register as you'll simply not get enough out of the course and you'll be required to retake the course in order to continue taking courses with us.

I’m an experienced improviser, can I skip ahead?

Sometimes. We allow course prerequisite exemptions on a case by case basis, but please keep in mind that we rarely grant exemptions. We teach a very specific style of long form that is relatively unique in Europe. We lay the foundation for that in our Intro course and we've found that students who have received training at other schools that focus on short form 'impro', status and narrative are often at a disadvantage when skipping Levels, in addition to slowing down the progress of other students.

How many students are in a class?

Our courses and workshops are capped at 16 students max; some courses and workshops have a lower class size - these will be noted in the event description.

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