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Comedian Scott Novotny offers improv classes

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Comedian Scott Novotny will offer Acting for Adults - Improvisation/Comedy on six Mondays, Jan. 21 through Feb. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., culminating in a performance on Thursday, Feb. 28, at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Using the fundamentals of improvisation, participants will learn how to help create scenes, improve their acting confidence, and develop interesting characters while working on improvisational exercises and games. "Bring out the inner child in you. Come have fun and learn how to be an improvisational actor at the same time," encourages the instructor. Class ends in a fun "recital" on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater where friends and relatives get a chance to offer suggestions and student actors get a chance to show what they have learned. The class is limited to 15 students.

A professional comedian for over 30 years, Novotny brings his vast array of talents to this class. Besides numerous national television appearances, Novotny is also a former company member at Dudley Rigg's Brave New Workshop, appeared at the Minnesota State Fair and The Corn Palace, is an award-winning writer, and was the founder and artistic director of The Comedy Cabaret, the first comedy club in Minnesota. He has also taught improvisation and stand-up comedy classes for over 30 years as well. Graduating from Gustavus Adolphus College, Novotny majored in theater/speech and English, and has directed and acted in numerous theatrical and film productions.

The fee is $159 and registrations may be made by mailing the fee to The Phipps Center, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, Wisconsin 54016. Enrollments may also be made by calling (715) 386-2305 or going online to The Phipps and charging the fee to Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.