Updated: January 4, 2012 8:02AM
Festival performance: Improv Playhouse North Suburban Youth Improv Festival will be held Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Oak Grove Middle School 1700 S. O’Plaine Road. Forty young improvisers ranging from grades 5-11 will perform. The goal of the Festival is to establish a community of teen and tween improvisers representative of a myriad of training organizations and school districts. David Stuart, executive producer at Improv Playhouse, is founding the festival along with Betsy Driver Williams, drama educator at Oak Grove School. Participants will be engaged in a morning filled with improvisation workshops focusing on character work, scene development, improv games and other forms of improvisation. The afternoon performances will include teams created from the registered participants, an All Fest Team and The Illinois All State Teen Improv Team. Workshop coaches will include staff from elite improv programs. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.improvplayhouse.com or (847) 968-4529.
Concerts: Woodland Intermediate School Choirs and Percussion Ensembles will perform their annual winter concerts at the school, 1115 N. Hunt Club Road. The schedules are as follows: Fifth grade Cheetahs and Tigers Choir and Percussion Ensemble, directed by Andrea Little and Mark Allard, will perform a concert is titled, “Music Makes Me Smile” Dec. 5 at 6:15 p.m.; fifth grade Panthers and Leopards Choir, directed by Terri Kasen, will perform holiday songs and the Percussion Ensemble, directed by Eva Kilar, will highlight drums, xylophones and rhythm instruments with “See Dees” and “The Elephant” Dec. 5 at 7:15 p.m.; fourth grade Cheetahs Choir, directed by Andrea Little, will perform “Light Up the World With Song” Dec. 6 at 6:15 p.m.; fourth grade Tigers Choir, directed by Mark Allard, will perform “America the Tuneful, Great American Songs of the Past” Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.; fourth grade Panthers Choir, directed by Terri Kasen, will perform a concert titled “An Old Fashioned Christmas” Dec. 7 at 6:15; and fourth grade Leopards Choir, directed by Eva Kilar, will perform “A Holiday of Music” Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. Details, (847) 596-5372.