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Improvising Musical Theater, May 2020

Come let disciples of Improv Boston’s acclaimed Musical Improv program, Rachel Hischak and Maxie Davidson, and accompanist Malcolm Granger immerse you in a world of epic possibilities for your acting, story-telling and song-styling interests.

Actors, singers, comedy writers, and musicians will discover how their skills can be honed to create entertaining songs, musical scenes, and short-form improvised cabaret. Experienced actors will benefit from inspiration derived from live musical accompaniment to create bolder, more recognizable characters that develop as the music dig deeper, expanding emotional, physical, comedic, and melodic possibilities.

We will take time to include exercises that gently eases nerves and stage fright associated with solo and on the spot singing. This is a great class for casual singers to discover voices and musical ears they didn’t even realize they had! The ability to carry a tune is in no way a requirement to joining this class. If you can talk you can sing!

Most importantly, we'll be collaborating as The Centerlings from the very first class with trust and support to work towards the goal of presenting our work in a final 30-40 minute showcase designed by you, the troupe, for friends and family, with the date to be determined by the group. The show-case is optional for all students but we will encourage everyone to participate and experience this collaborative achievement.

About the Instructor

Rachel Hischak has been “nerding out” and performing in Musical Theater for 31 years. She is more than comfortable with the notion of characters suddenly bursting into song and is frequently heard to utter, "THAT should be a musical." Her studies with Improv Boston are ongoing. Last year, she was part of their regular Comedy Lab lineup and guest performer for the Main Stage as a member of the musical indie troupe, Agent Superball. Rachel grew up acting in community and high school musicals. She majored in Theater/Voice and Film Studies at Denison University and completed her BA in Theater with SUNY Brockport. Post-college, she studied voice with Eastman School of Music and Circle in the Square’s Musical Theater Program. She lived in NY for three years, acting and directing with The Working Theater, and sang for the cabaret series, Bound For Broadway at The Duplex Piano Bar.


Maxie Davidson is a native Cape Codder and has been doing improv since 2014. She started performing improv with New Classics Company and has regularly performed improv since then. She continued on her improv journey by studying at Improv Boston and graduated from their Comedy School in 2017 where she studied shortform, longform, and musical improv. In March 2019, she became the Improv Director of New Classics Company’s Improv Troupe, “‘A Little Off’ Main Improv”. She has also been involved in theatre around the Cape since she was ten years old with her first show, The Wizard of Oz, with the Barnstable High School Drama Club in 1999. Other previous roles/ plays include Maxie in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged (NCC), Carol in Feathers and Teeth (NCC), Witch 2/ Porter/ Thane of Ross in Macbeth (NCC), Various Monologues in The Vagina Monologues (4 C’s and URI), and Lily St. Regis in Annie (BHSDC). Maxie has also been teaching dance for the past nine years and founded OnCape Performance Studio in 2018 where she specializes in teaching students of all ages and abilities in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. Whether a beginner or advanced student, Maxie enjoys coaching students in a fun, supportive environment while helping them attain their goals.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.