RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Comedy and music will be hot topics at The Ridgefield Playhouse starting this month.
For people who want to hone their comedic chops, comedienne Christine O’Leary will help with her comedy writing workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays from Sept. 23 through Nov. 11, culminating with a graduation comedy show at the playhouse.
Students will learn the fundamentals of comedy writing and performance and be part of the comedy show with a live audience.
O'Leary is a social worker, project manager, social media editor and professional award-winning comedienne whose humor takes her to stages all over the country.
For those with a song in their hearts, Kevin Briody will lead a songwriting workshop from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 25 through Nov. 13. Students will make their own recordings.
Briody's students will learn how to structure ideas, melody, lyrics and instrumentation and will leave with a recording of their songs. Two-time Emmy Award-winner singer/songwriter Briody was selected by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism as a Master Teaching Artist. He has shared international stages with Art Garfunkel and Aimee Mann.
To sign up for these workshops ($300 for comedy writing and $240 songwriting), call the box office at 203-438-5795 or go online to ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center at 80 East Ridge Road.