Improv comedy show, workshops featured this weekend

Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010

Local comedy group Morally Improv-erished will present Three-Ring Improv, a night of improvisational theater, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6, at the Hangar Ballroom. The shows will feature performances by (ch)imp, Scared Scriptless and The Act.

(ch)imp is Asaf Ronen, former talent scout for Cirque du Soleil and author of "Directing Improv: Show the Way by Getting Out of the Way." This one-man show uses an improvised soundtrack by a live musician to create an unscripted show reminiscent of a classic silent film.

Scared Scriptless is Alaska's longest running improvised comedy troupe. This marks the group's first performance in Juneau.

The Act is a hybrid scripted and unscripted show performed by members of Morally Improv-erished. The actors will be handed the first page of an unproduced script, perform a staged reading of that page, then improvise the remainder of the play. For these performances, The Act will feature works by local playwright Bo Anderson.

Both shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the Hangar Ballroom and are all-ages shows. Tickets are $15 general, $10 student and are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

In addition, Asaf Ronen lead two intensive workshops while he's here: "Getting Out of Your Own Way," on Nov. 6, and "Directing Improv" on Nov. 7. Each workshop will be six hours, and will be held at the Hangar Ballroom.

"Getting Out of Your Own Way" teaches actors how to put aside all of the things they think they are supposed to do instead of doing what they are inspired to do. This workshop instructs actors how to throw all conventions to the wind and just have fun in their scene work.

The second workshop, "Directing Improv," teaches techniques for creating lesson plans, orchestrating rehearsals, and giving notes. Participants will be given the opportunity to apply the techniques through hands-on experience directing each other.

Registration fees are $80 for one workshop or $150 for both. Forms are available through the workshop sponsor, Morally Improv-erished, Inc., by e-mailing or calling 790-8535.

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