Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Announcing Our March/April 2012 Run!

OKC Improv, Oklahoma's premier showcase for the best local and regional improvisational comedy and theater, presents a brand new six week run of shows, classes, and workshops. Performances will take place Saturdays at 8pm and 10pm, March 17-April 21, 2012 at Ghostlight Theatre Club (3110 N Walker). Tickets are $12 each and $6 for improvisers and improv students. Admission is FREE if you're celebrating your birthday with us! Advance purchase of tickets is suggested as most shows sell out. You can purchase tickets online at http://www.okcimprov.com/p/tickets.html starting Monday, March 12, 2012. For more information call 405.343.1570, E-Mail okcimprov@gmail.com, or visit our website http://www.okcimprov.com.

Due to scheduling conflicts with future Ghostlight Theatre Club productions, this will be OKC Improv’s final run at the intimate Paseo performance venue that has served as the hub of the burgeoning Oklahoma improv scene for the last two years. Starting this summer OKC Improv will be relocating to The Broadway Theater (1613 N Broadway Ave), home of Reduxion Theatre, with a six week run of shows and classes taking place June 23-July 28, 2012.

Performances

The March/April 2012 Run includes 30 acts from across the state, including five OKC debuts and two world premieres! The mime-centric mind-bending spectacular ZOOM! makes its official debut on April 7 at 8pm after being workshopped in the last Level 3 Class. NSU short form improv group Sack Lunch will be making their OKC debut during the same show.

Monsters Like Us will be workshopped during the Level 2 class for a world premiere performance on April 21 at 8pm. The brand new form created by OKC Improv alum Michael Roberts provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of extraordinary and often misunderstood creatures and characters from mythology, literature, and film.

Inspired by Vancouver’s hit improv show Ghost Jail, Blood & Ink is another new form that will be refined during the upcoming Level 3 class for a premiere on April 21 at 10pm. Taking a cue from Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life, a single theme will inspire improvised scenes, stories, poems, and monologues stitched together with seamless edits in a loose long form structure.

Texas-based one man band Without a Face will make its Oklahoma debut as part of a special music showcase at 10pm on March 24 that will also feature local nerd-pop-folk-rock-hip hop band The Memepunks.

Returning acts include narrative super troupe Ballpark Theater Company, the idiosyncratically explosive dramatic improv of C-4, improvisational Shakespeare troupe Fortune’s Fools, the enhanced interrogative comedy of GOOD COP/NICE COP, mentalist William Rader, the darling dames of themed comedy, The MiDolls, politically charged duo One State Two State Red State Blue State, relationship comedy of The Ones Your Mother Warned You About, husband and wife duo Red Letters, short-form groups Take-One Productions, Homemade Fireworks, and Operation Improv, and the improvised Broadway stylings of Off Book and Villain: The Musical.

Fresh off of delivering the opening talk and emceeing at the inaugural TEDxOU conference in January and earning rave reviews for their two sold out performances at the Seattle Improv Festival in February, Twinprov will be bringing their signature Rap-sody show back to OKC for performances at OKC Improv at 8pm on March 17 and 10pm on April 21. They will also be representing Oklahoma for a second year in a row at the world renowned Chicago Improv Festival in April.

Other Oklahoma groups making festival appearances in the spring include Red State Blue State performing on March 24 as part of this year’s Tiny Group Festival at the Roving Imp Theater in Kansas City and Twinprov, Villain: The Musical, and The MiDolls, all performing the last weekend in March at the Dallas Comedy Festival.

Classes & Workshops

OKC Improv will begin a new session of weekly improv classes for adults starting Saturday, March 17, 2011, continuing through April 21, 2012 at Ghostlight Theatre Club (3110 N Walker, OKC). The Level 1 Class will take place at 12pm, Level 2 (Monsters Like Us) at 2pm and Level 3 (Blood & Ink) at 4pm. The first class attended is free. $10 for each additional class.

In addition to the normal Saturday Level 1-3 improv classes, OKC Improv will be hosting a series of 3 advanced workshops on Sundays from 12-3pm at Ghostlight Theatre. Intro to Freestyle Rap taught by Buck and Clint Vrazel will take place on March 18 followed by Advanced Freestyle Rap on March 25. Acting for Improvisers taught by local actress, director, and improviser Cristela Carrizales and Clint Vrazel will take place April 15. Cost for each workshop is $25. Limited spaces available.

To reserve a seat in any of the classes or advanced workshops call (405) 343-1570 or e-mail okcimprov@gmail.com. For more info. on classes, workshops, and instructors go to: www.okcimprov.com/p/classes.html.

About OKC Improv

OKC Improv is Oklahoma's premier performance showcase and teaching institution dedicated to the art of improvisational comedy and theater. In addition to producing regular shows featuring the best local and regional improv acts, we work to raise awareness and understanding of improv among audiences and practitioners through publicity, outreach, and education including ongoing classes and workshops.

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OKC IMPROV SPRING 2012 RUN @ GHOSTLIGHT THEATRE CLUB

Saturday, March 17, 2012
8pm: Take One Improv / Mentalist William Rader / Twinprov
10pm: The Big O / Red State Blue State / Ballpark Theater Co

Saturday, March 24, 2012
8pm: Take One Improv / The MiDolls / Villain: The Musical
10pm: Music Showcase: Without a Face* / The Memepunks

Saturday, March 31, 2012
8pm: Operation Improv / Kind of a Big Deal / GOOD COP/NICE COP
10pm: The Laughing Stocks / OCU Improv / Red State Blue State

Saturday, April 7, 2012
8pm: Sack Lunch* / ZOOM!* / Everybody and Their Dog
10pm: OKC Improv All Stars / GOOD COP/NICE COP / Off Book

Saturday, April 14, 2012
8pm: Red Letters / The Ones Your Mother Warned You About / Fortune’s Fools
10pm: OCU Improv Duo / Homemade Fireworks / C-4

Saturday, April 21, 2012
8pm: Level 1 Class / Monsters Like Us (Level 2)** / Red Letters
10pm: Blood & Ink (Level 3)** / Hindsight Improv / Twinprov

* OKC Premiere ** World Premiere


WORKSHOPS

Sunday, March 18, 2012
12-3pm: Intro to Freestyle Rap taught by: Buck and Clint Vrazel (Twinprov/OKC Improv Artistic Directors) - $25

Sunday, March 25, 2012
12-3pm: Advanced Freestyle Rap taught by: Buck and Clint Vrazel (Twinprov/OKC Improv Artistic Directors) - $25

Sunday, April 15, 2012
12-3pm: Acting for Improvisers taught by: Cristela Carrizales and Clint Vrazel (The MiDolls, Off Book, The Ones Your Mother Warned You About, Twinprov, Villain: The Muiscal) - $25

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