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YWCA Benefit TONIGHT

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Allison and Maria

Photo by Alison Kerr

TONIGHT
Friday, September 14, 7pm
Monterey Peninsula College (MPC)
More details to come.

Women of Whimsy and the Mirth O Matics will again take the stage to help raise funds for YWCA Monterey County.  Following up on their successful 2011 benefit show, the Monterey Improvisers promise another evening of fun and laughs in support of a great cause.

YWCA Monterey County’s mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. We provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women’s rights and civil rights in Congress. Women come to us in times of crisis, as survivors of rape or domestic violence. They come for job training and career counseling. They come for a variety of reasons. But they come. And they leave with a renewed spirit, new skills, and stronger lives.

July’s final Friday promises to be funny…

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…when the Women Of Whimsy take the stage Friday, July 27, 8pm (summer start time), at The Alternative Cafe, 1230 Fremont Blvd, Seaside.  Audience suggestions fuel the fun as the Whimsies turn them into hilarious scenes made up on the spot.

Admission is $12.  Available at the door, starting at 7:30pm on the evening of the performance.

Allison and Maria

Photo by Alison Kerr

Information: 831-394-3031 or montereyimprov@gmail.com

Start Your Weekend With Some Laughs

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“Tickle The Grey Matter”
An Adult iMPRoV Drop-in Class
Beginners Welcome

Join the fun as we play a variety of improv theater games and explore our spontaneous, creativity.
We give our ‘grey matter’ a good work out,  and we do it in a safe and supportive team setting.

Dina, Allison, and April

Photo by Alison Kerr

10a.m. to Noon
Pacific Grove Christian Church, 442 Central Ave., Pacific Grove
Rick & Laura Hall Room, 2nd Floor…the building behind the church on Carmel Ave.
Cost:  $10       831-394-3031

Too Much Fun With Laura and Rick Hall

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The music workshop with Laura and Rick Hall was great fun! We learned a lot and sang our hearts out. We also got to be one of the first to experience Laura and Rick’s brand new Improv Karaoke and it is amazing! It’s a two cd set: the first CD is a tutorial which is informative and funny and the second CD has the karaoke tracks. It is great for improv groups, classes, performances, parties, and even your daily commute!

The Mirth’O’Matics Featuring Laura & Rick Hall

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Laura Hall

iMPRoV AT THE PACIFIC GROVE ART CENTER MAY 12

Sat. May 12, 2012 * 7:30pm
Pacific Grove Art Center, 568 Lighthouse Ave., Pacific
Grove:
Adults…$20   Students…$15

831-375- 2208   *  pgartcenter.org

Whose Line Is It Anyway?Laura Hall, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and Rick Hall, “Curb Your Enthusiasm” join The Mirth’O’Matics for an evening of improvisation comedy at the Pacific Grove Center, Saturday, May 12, 7:30pm.  Audience suggestions will be turned into hilarious scenes, made up on the spot in what will be a fun and family friendly evening of improv comedy.   A percentage of the evenings proceeds go to support the Pacific Grove Art Center, a non-profit community organization whose mission is to enhance art appreciation and encourage the creation of art.

 

Photos courtesy of LauraHall.com.

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.

Cast Member Intro

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Dan Paul

Photo by Dan Paul

Dan discovered Improv in the 1980’s while fronting a saloon band in Mendocino. When too intoxicated to remember the lyrics, he would make them up,  often with a marked improvement to the original.  A couple decades later, playing in a band with Laura Hall (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) – Dan became intrigued with the concept of performing improv, asking Laura over and over again, “No really, tell me again, you get paid for doing what?” With a testosterone level too high to allow him to participate in traditional theater, Dan applied for work with the Mirth’O’Matics after losing a bet. In his free time, Dan enjoys red meat and naps.