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Before I post about the Improv workshop and about the upcoming workshop, let me grovel for a minute.

Remember me crowing about 2 months ago that we’d changed servers and that people should be able to see the site properly (we’d been having ISP issues before).

Yah, apparently, I did not confirm properly that the email was working.  I swear, the test results came back fine, but evidently, they were the last things to do so.

Yup – today I had to log into the webmail access point for TenBareToes and found 197 messages that I hadn’t dealt with – because they never came through to my mail client.


To everyone that I didn’t reply to in a timely fashion, please accept my sincere apologies.  I’m good at a lot of things, but apparently, smoothly changing email isn’t one of them.

I believe I have now replied to everyone who was left hanging.  The next time I get no response to a posting about an upcoming event, I’ll assume the mail isn’t working as opposed to “no one wants to come, boo!”

100 lashes with a wet noodle for me.

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So, we had our first workshop and it was a blast!

Karen, our gracious host & instructor, took the merry band that arrived for the workshop and walked us through some basic introductions to Improv.  It was really interesting hearing the different viewpoints for why people had come to the workshop and what they were hoping to get out of it.

My personal favourite exercise of the night was when Jessica Clayman KWLT‘s Penelopiad fame) and I did an alphabet scene (where each time you get to talk, it must start with the next letter in the alphabet) and it went incredibly smoothly.

I’m hoping we can convince Karen to run another Improv workshop in the spring – that class was a lot of fun.  In the meantime, if you need your Improv fix, go check out ToTE and their regular Sunday workshops.

Next workshop is Adrienne Steer’s Props & Gripping workshop on November 16th, 7pm, Hagey Hall, Room 373, at the University of Waterloo.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please let me know so I can make sure we have space. And this time, the email should get through.  ;-)

I also have details on our January workshop (we’re taking December off for the holidays!) – Set Design with Chris Rovers, January 18, 2011, 7pm.

Set Design is a collaborative process between a Designer, the Director and the Script – with a lot of tempering influence from Reality and Physics thrown in for good measure. Come discuss Set Design with Chris Rovers, Technical Director and Set Designer for TenBareToes’ staging of “Taming of the Shrew” and “The Odd Couple”. We’ll talk about the artistic considerations, moving scenery, construction techniques, safety considerations, script reading as a Set Designer, 3D modeling software and more in this free workshop.

Chris has been doing Set Design for Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre, K-W Silver Stars and TenBareToes for the past five years. He’s created everything from castles to dingy student apartments on stage, helping bring productions to life.

We’re still confirming the location for this workshop – keep your eyes peeled for more information.

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