Instructor Alan Marriott will teach Songs on the Spot through April and May at the Surrey Arts Centre. A free introductory session is April 2.

Instructor Alan Marriott will teach Songs on the Spot through April and May at the Surrey Arts Centre. A free introductory session is April 2.

Songs on the spot

Free introductory session at Surrey Arts Centre April 2.

Create instant songs, spontaneous solos, three-part harmony, and backup vocals. Sound impossible?

You’ll be doing it all before you know it! Songs on the Spot instructor Alan Marriott creates an encouraging atmosphere where everyone, regardless of singing ability, feels at ease. Under his guidance, participants improvise words while the accompanist improvises the melodies. In this fun and inspirational class for adults, all that is needed is an interest in music and a sense of humour. Singing experience is not required.

Songs on the Spot, offered at the Surrey Arts Centre, will run for five weeks from April 16 to May 14 at a cost of $83.

A free, introductory session is being offered on April 2 from 7-9:15 p.m. Although the introductory session is free, participants are encouraged to register in advance to book their spot. Register online at www.surrey.ca/register or by phone at 604-501-5100.

Marriott is an accomplished stage and voice-over performer with a specialty in improv. In his own words, he has been “freeing minds for over twenty years both in Canada and Europe.” Alan launched his improv career at Vancouver TheatreSports® League, working alongside Colin Mochrie, Ryan Stiles and others. During a 20-year span of living and working in England, Alan completed his formal training at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, founded London Theatresports, and taught improv to a who’s who of British comedy, including Eddie Izzard, Alan Davies, John Sparks, Jake Arnott, Stella Duffy and many more. Most recently, he has made his mark in B.C. as the creator of Vancouver TheatreSports® League’s current hit The ImprovMusical.

Surrey Arts Centre is located at 13750 88 Ave. Phone 604-501-5566 or check www.surrey.ca/arts for further information.