Team Improv

Taught by David Lee Rock, these 90 minute weekly courses teach students short form improv comedy in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Designed for 3rd graders and up, these workshops give a foundation in improvisational theatre. Improv I introduces basic techniques for maintaining focus and mental agility. Improv II expands on techniques to include characterization and maintaining storyline. Each workshop culminates in a live performance. Upon completion of Improv III, students, fully prepared, compete with the Improv Performance Team. Learning Improv helps to improve self-esteem, confidence under pressure, collaboration, problem solving, IMAGINATION and much more.

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Dates and Times

Classes begin Sept. 7, 2-3:30pm

Final Performance Oct. 26 at 5pm (call 4pm)

We hold this class at 4609 New Horizon Blvd #3, Bakersfield, CA 93313

Prerequisites

Students must take classes in sequential order.

Tuition

$150 per child per workshop2

Hours of Instruction - 12.5hrs

Total Workshop Time - 10.5hrs

Performance Time (incl. call) - 2hrs

Students will learn...

  • Heightened listening, focus, commitment, and teamwork skills
  • Mime and space work
  • Storytelling and public speaking

Extra Expenses

Family and friends are invited to participate in the Final Performance for $10.00 per admission.

Summer Theatre Workshop

Tonicism's online theatre program for children ages 5 - 18 is perfect for experienced young performers wanting to improve their craft or those just starting out onstage. Or if the limelight makes them wither join the workshop as a student stage manager or student technician in our Theatre Tech program. Make lifelong friends, improve acting skills and expand student’s creative horizon while producing full length productions of musicals and plays. We meet and perform at The Empty Theatre on their intimate three quarter thrust stage. Through the use of exercises in pantomime, improvisation, voice/diction work, scene work, character analysis, and dance/movement students gain a solid foundation of theatre fundamentals. Auditions techniques and theatre etiquette will also be taught.

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Technical Theatre Track

Does your child love the theatre but prefer to work behind the scenes? Join our workshops on a technical theatre track! Student stage managers and student technicians needed for both productions. Just sign up for either workshop and add technical theatre to the notes.

Employees Must Wash Their Hands Before Murder

Tonicism's AM Session meets 8am - Noon - Something is rotten at the Burgatorium, a low-end fast food restaurant...and it's not just the burgers. Hit with a surprise health inspection, employees hilariously rush around to clean up their messes, hide the rats and find real meat for the burgers. But luck is not on their side when their manager turns up dead in a freezer. This super-sized murder mystery comes with a side of funny and a healthy dose of ridiculous as the health inspector and his no-nonsense intern investigate a lineup of zany characters!

Dates and Times

July 12 - August 6

Class meets Mondays through Fridays from 8am-12pm

    Final Performances
  • August 7 @ 7pm
  • August 8 @ 2pm
  • August 14 @ 7pm
  • August 15 @ 2pm

Location1

We hold this class at The Empty Space

Auditions

All students will audition for all roles.

Every student will get a speaking role.

Tuition2

$375 per child

Total Workshop Time - 100hrs

Hours of Instruction - 80hrs

Performance Time (incl. call) - 20hrs

Students will learn3...

  • Character Development
  • Audition and acting techniques
  • Script Analysis

Extra Expenses4

Family and friends are invited to attend final performances at The Empty Space. Admission price is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Each enrolled student will receive one (1) complimentary adult admission. Complimentary admission must be purchased with another admission for the same performance.

*15% sibling discount and scholarships available.

Please make a deposit to hold your student's spot!


James and the Giant Peach

Tonicism's PM Session meets 1 - 5pm - Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach JR. is a brand new take on this "masterpeach" of a tale. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score and a witty and charming book, this adventurous musical about courage and self-discovery is destined to be a classic. When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that grows a tremendous peach, rolls into the ocean and launches a journey of enormous proportions. James befriends a collection of singing insects that ride the giant piece of fruit across the ocean, facing hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements along the way in this family friendly poignantly quirky story.

Dates and Times

July 12 - August 6

Class meets Mondays through Fridays from 1pm-5pm

    Final Performances
  • August 7 @ 2pm
  • August 8 @ 7pm
  • August 13 @ 7pm
  • August 14 @ 2pm

Location1

We hold this class at The Empty Space

Auditions

All students will audition for all roles.

Every student will get a speaking role.

Tuition2

$400 per child

Total Workshop Time - 100hrs

Hours of Instruction - 80hrs

Performance Time (incl. call) - 20hrs

Students will learn3...

  • Voice work and proper diction
  • Audition and acting techniques
  • Singing and Sol-fege
  • Choreography
  • Stage combat and fight choreography
  • Character and script analysis

Extra Expenses4

Family and friends are invited to attend final performances at The Empty Space. Admission price is $15 for adults and $5 for children under 18. Each enrolled student will receive one (1) complimentary adult admission. Complimentary admission must be purchased with another admission for the same performance.

*15% sibling discount and scholarships available.

Please make a deposit to hold your student's spot!


  1. Workshop and Performance venue subject to change.
  2. Sibling discount is automatically calculated when adding duplicate items to your cart.
  3. At Tonicism we believe theatre is a discipline: a craft brought forth with hard work and passion. In order to learn and have the most fun while in class and on-stage, it is imperative that students practice techniques and assignments learned in class at home every day. There will be homework after every class.  In general, homework should take around 10 - 30 minutes to complete. We want every actor to shine onstage and always know that they have put their best into every performance!
  4. Adult complimentary admission not available for opening night or closing performances.