Monthly Archives: April 2012

Cast Member Intro

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Photo by Alison Kerr

Jason LeVeque
Jason came to theatre late in life. Waiting until he was 4 years old, his first role was the King in a Missoula Children’s Theater production of Cinderella.  That experience unleashed a lifetime of thespian-ism.  Jason has played many roles but improv kept calling, and luckily for The Mirth’O’Matics, it wasn’t the wrong number.   While living in Santa Rosa, Jason perfomed with Santa Rosa’s “Clueless Comedy Company.”   Now back in Monterey, Jason is happy to be improvising with The Mirth’O’Matics, and as much fun as it is to behold, being on stage is where the real fun is happening.

1st Appearance In Carmel, Mirth’O’Matics To Appear At Cherry Center For The Arts

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Friday April 13th, 2012
Saturday April 14th, 2012
7:30pm

The Cherry Center for the Arts
Fourth and Guadalupe, Carmel 93921

Tickets: $15

Tickets are available online at http://www.carlcherrycenter.org/pages/calendar/calendar.html or through the box office at the theater, located at 4th and Guadalupe in Carmel.
For more information individuals may call (831) 624-7491

The Mirth’O’Matics improvisation theater troupe make their first appearance at The Cherry Center For The Arts on Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14. Prompted by audience suggestions, The Mirth’O’Matics improvise scenes and games that keep the audience laughing from start to finish. Their show is fun, funny and family friendly.

In addition to giving suggestions from the anonymity of their seats, audience “Only volunteers,” emphasized Gerry Orton, Mirth’O’Matic director. “We don’t place audience members in embarrassing situations. “We want everyone to have fun,” Orton said.

Photo by Alison Kerr

Approaching their third year of performing in theater’s version of walking a tightrope the Mirthers are expanding their improvisation skills with the addition of more open scene work and musical improv. Orton explained that open scenes are scenes in which the actors follow whatever direction their imaginations takes them as opposed to improv theater games. Improv games will have a specific objective like the popular game, Blind Line in which actors must incorporate a random line into the scene which they see for the first time when they read it aloud.

“Open scenes are challenging– they can take off in any direction,” said Dan Paul, Mirth’O’Matic member. “It’s what makes improv so much fun – everything’s a surprise.” “We look forward to The Mirth’O’Matics appearance,” stated Robert Reese, Cherry Center executive director. “I think the intimacy of our theater is a wonderful environment for improvisation, and it offers a variety of theater for our patrons.” Performances at The Cherry Center are scheduled for Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14 starting at 7:30pm.