Metropolis Performing Arts Centre


Summer 2019


Intro to Music Improv Workshop with Rick & Laura Hall

If you’ve always wondered, “How do they improvise the songs on “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, then join “Whose Line” musical director Laura Hall, and veteran Second City improvisor Rick Hall, for this fun, lively workshop. Laura & Rick have led music improv workshops all over the world, creating a supportive, playful environment with lots of opportunities for participants to try out this exciting form of improv. Even if you've never done improv before, Laura & Rick will guide you with fun games and exercises. You'll be belting out your own improvised songs before you know it!

Wednesday, July 10
6:00-9:00 PM
For adults, ages 18+ 
Rick and Laura met in Chicago, driving in a crowded van with The Second City National Touring Company. Since then they moved to L.A., where they continue to perform, write and teach, both separately and together. Rick & Laura lead music improv workshops at colleges, comedy clubs, festivals and theaters around the world.  They especially like helping people discover that song improv is really fun and accessible. They also play together in a band, The Sweet Potatoes, performing their own unique blend of folk, country, and Americana, loaded with acoustic instruments and sweet vocal harmonies. 

Laura Hall is best known as the improvisational pianist and Musical Director on the hit TV show, “Whose Line is it Anyway”, which ran for nine years on ABC, with Drew Carey hosting. After a hiatus the show is currently in its sixth season on the CW Network, with Aisha Tyler hosting. In December 2018, Laura played with the Whose Line Christmas Show at Royal Albert Hall in London, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the British & American versions of the show. 

Laura has toured the country with “Drew Carey and the Improv All Stars”, and played with many other improv groups around the country, including iO Chicago and iO West, The Groundlings, Theatresports, The Improv Institute and “Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!” While at The Second City, Laura was Musical Director and Composer for the Jeff Award winning E.T.C. revue, “Channel This!”  She composed original musicals with The Annoyance Theater and Theater-A-Go-Go, including “Patty, Patty, Bang! Bang!” which won an L.A. Weekly award for Best New Musical.

Laura has written music for several indie films, including “Slice of Pie”, written by and starring her husband.  She scored two award winning documentaries about the holocaust, “Swimming in Auschwitz” and “After Auschwitz”, as well as romantic comedies, “Anatomy of a Breakup” and “Look at Me”, and “The Wheels on the Bus” video series, starring Roger Daltrey as an 8 ft dragon. 

Rick Hall was a founding member of Chicago’s Improv Institute. At The Second City he created and performed in two Main Stage shows, “John Paul Sartre & Ringo” and “Catch 27”. Rick continues to use his improv skills as a host/presenter at meetings and corporate events, as well as at auditions and on television shows and commercials. 
Rick was a series regular on the improv-based TV show “The Factory”. He played Agent Johnson on 28 episodes of the hit Disney show, “KC Undercover”. He’s been on many other television shows including “NCIS”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “24”, “Key & Peele”, “The Middle” and “Seinfeld”.  He's been seen in commercials for AT&T, Centrum, Sabra Hummus and many more.  

Rick loves writing and telling stories. In November 2018 he headlined at “The Reboot: Storytelling Re-Imagined” on the Central Coast. In his one man show, “Pigboy”, he tells stories about growing up on a farm in Central Illinois. The show was chosen for the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and enjoyed successful runs in L.A., Chicago, and across the Midwest.  Rick has recorded a cd of several of his stories and turned one of them, “Slice of Pie”, into a short film, which has won numerous awards on the film festival circuit.  

To find out more about Laura, visit                                                             
To find out more about Rick, visit

Musical Theatre Workshop

Inviting all “grown up” musical theatre kids and those who have always wanted to give musical theatre a try! Join us this summer as we learn selections from some of our favorite Broadway musicals like Wicked, Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Chicago. After all, “life is a cabaret, old chum.”

  • Mondays 7:30-9:00pm, $185

Whose Class Is It Anyway?

Created in the style of the popular TV game show, this class encourages students to explore the fun and fast-paced world of improvisation! Students learn to take risks, think on their feet, stay focused and be ready for anything. Students work on creating original characters, interesting stories, hilarious scenes, and supporting their cast mates. Family and friends are invited to a short performance on the last day of class.  

  • Wednesdays 7:30-9:00pm, $185


Instrument Smorgasbord: Intro to Music

Divided into four two-week mini sessions, we will cover the basics of piano, guitar, percussion, and voice. This introductory class will help you navigate your interest in music--without the cost of purchasing an instrument!  

  • Thursdays 7:00-8:30pm, $185


Private Lessons

Guitar • Ukulele • Electric Bass • Violin • Viola • Percussion • Piano • Voice • And More!

30 Minute Lessons - $36/lesson - $288/8 weeks

45 Minute Lessons - $52/lesson - $416/8 weeks

60 Minute Lessons - $67/lesson -  $536/8 weeks


Want to give it a try? Start with a Trial Lesson:
$30 for 30 minutes



Prepping for an audition, speech tournament, or work presentation? Receive personalized tips & feedback from our professional acting, music, and dance coaches. Coaches also provide professional training in public speaking and interviewing. Flexible scheduling options are available for those of all ages.

Start anytime and pay as you go!

$40 for 30 minutes

$55 for 45 minutes

$70 for 60 minutes