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HUGE 7 Year Anniversary Show Cast

January 27th, 2018 – 8pm – HUGE Theater celebrates 7 very unlikely and unpredictable years on our stage the only way we know how. With some improv, some laughter with some friends, another “generation” photo and some updates on the crazy year behind us and the crazier years in front of us.

Can you believe it was only what-feels-like-fifteen-years-ago?


The performing cast of the HUGE 7 Year Anniversary Show:

Anna Tobin
Aric McKeown
Becky Hauser
Butch Roy
Duck Washington
Erik Nielsen
Erin Kennedy
Erin Sheppard
Gregory Parks
Gubby Kubik
Hannah Wydeven
Jada Pulley
Jen Scott
Jill Bernard
Joe Bozic
Joe Rapp
John Gebretatose
Katy Kessler
Lizzie Gardner
Matt Slater
MJ Marsh
Molly Chase
Rita Boersma
Sally Foster
Sean Dillon
Spencer Retelle
Theo Langason

:: cast list subject to change ::

 

A Quick Note about Quick Notes!

I just wanted to post something about some of my posts, since I often get concerned messages from people that think they might be the person-in-question of a policy reminder or post meant to clarify why we do things the way we do – or see those posts as shaming or calling out someone they know.

I make a point of letting people know “I’m going to post about this” directly because if one person didn’t know or understand something, there’s a really good chance that there are more people that could benefit from the information – I don’t name them in posts (because that wouldn’t help anyone) but I do let them know it’s coming and only post after I have messaged them about the information and we’ve had some level of correction or discussion to try and find out why it happened or if there’s any other information we need, because that’s how we learn where the gaps are.

If you see a post and think “he’s talking about me – that’s a back-handed way to give me a note” but haven’t heard anything else from me, please let me assure you, I am not.
You may be among the group of people that also needs the information or I may have messaged with someone else in your group.

Sometimes we don’t know who did something and we try very hard not to post things scolding everyone for the actions of an individual or small group of people – and we actually have a rule against putting up signs in the space of “don’t do this!” because it’s very easy for a space that is used many ways by many, many people to fill up with nothing but negative messaging that way.

I don’t want the Facebook groups filling up with negative messages any more than the space – but we have found that we need to keep posting reminders and information about things because of how often we have brand new people to the space that are just encountering things for the first time.
So, if you see a policy reminder or a quick note about something – please keep in mind it is just meant to get the information to people that need it.

Thank you

Butch

Rated G casting announced

THIS JUST IN from the producers of Rated G!

“Thank you to everyone who auditioned this past weekend. We were overwhelmed by the amount of talent we saw, as well as the general excitement for continuing to bring family-friendly musical improv to HUGE Theater.
We are delighted to announce the casting for Rated G: The Improvised Family Friendly Musical, 2018:

Aaron Cook
Allison Winkler
Brynn Berryhill
Carl Olson
Dorothy Owen
Drew Tenenbaum
Edd Jones
Erin Kennedy
Mame Pelletier
Mark Sweeney
Max Beyer
Meghan Wolff
Nathan Kelly
Phillip Schramm
Sami Haeli
Seniz Lennes

Congratulations all!
Look for the magic to return to HUGE, March/April 2018!”

Cast announced: Myth and Legends

from Shea :  Thank you to everyone who auditioned – The Twin Cities is seriously full of amazing people!
I am delighted to announce the casting for Myth and Legends:

Andy Christian
Courtney Miller
Craig Corsi
Elisabeth Groebel
Katie Novak
Max Besner
Michael Deneen
Olivia Wulf

Congratulations all!

Throwback Night 2018 Casts Announced

We are extremely excited to announce the cast of the upcoming season of our annual Throwback Night shows – thank you all to those who auditioned!

Close Quarters – directed by Lauren Anderson and Nels Lennes

Chris Barth
Craig Corsi
Erik Hoversten
Erik Nielsen
Keren Gudeman
Michael Rogers
Pamela Mazzone
Ryan Vanasse
Sandra Struthers
Sam Beeson
Shannon Foy

La Ronde – directed by Michael Ritchie

Abe VanderBent
Adam Mellerup
Alicia Wheelock
Becci Schmidt
Clayton Anderson
John Eisenrich
Marty Wessels
Michael Weingartner
Tommy Caravello
Zoa Dru

The Living Room – directed by Jill Bernard

Aaron Cook
Cody Madison
Danielle Heinert
Kevin Albertson
Kya Fischer
Lucas Hines
Matt Axelson
Matt Slater
Michael DallaValle
Richard Ralston
Valerie Hurst
Vanessa Tu

Throwback Night casts begin working in October and the show opens January 5th!

Rated G Auditions

Rated-G, the Improvised Family-Friendly Musical is holding auditions for our upcoming run in March and April. The show combines singing, dancing, and storytelling to create a fun musical romp for all ages, much like the animated classics of our childhood.
**Improvisers must be comfortable with improvised singing and performing family friendly improv.**Directed by: Doug Neithercott
Music by: John Hilsen
Production Team: Erin Kennedy, Aaron Cook, and Nathan Kelly Rouse**Those interested in being cast must be available for at least 7 of the 8 rehearsal days listed.
All rehearsals will be from 11-1pm, every Saturday in January and February.**
The show’s run will be Saturdays at 6:30pm in March and April

Auditions are in half hour increments:
Saturday 11/11 (HUGE Theater)
Sunday 11/12 (CSz Theater)

Any questions? You can contact Erin: ekny2001@gmail.com

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

PARTY RIOT casting announced

Note from Sally Foster, PARTY RIOT’s producer:

Thank you to all who auditioned yesterday for PARTY RIOT! Having so many incredible, badass, talented women all in the same room was incredible, and we’ve personally never felt so empowered to create art in this community. We hope you felt the same!

Unfortunately, as with any show, there were more amazing auditions than there were spots in the show. This casting was particularly difficult because we saw almost 70 talented women and had around 25 spots in the show maximum. If you weren’t cast, please don’t give up – reach out to those you improvised with in auditions and start a group for Improv-a-Go-Go! Our community needs more women like you on our stages.

With all that said, here is our PARTY RIOT 2017/2018 cast list:

Shannon Foy
Jennifer Adriene Burks
Mackenzi Brophy
Jill Bernard
Cicely Robin Laing
Mawrgyn Roper
Anna Tobin
Erin Sheppard
Vann Daley
Lizzie Gardner
Carolyn Blomberg
Shea Roberts
Erin Kennedy
Liz Council
Molly Chase
Laura Hild
Susannah Eckberg
Jada Pulley
Jen van Kaam
Zoa Dru
Sarah Turner
Andrea Ravich
Jen Scott

Everyone who auditioned should have received an email regarding the casting decision this morning by 10:30am

Sally Foster

Family Dinner 2017 Cast Announced

What an extraordinary showing, Twin Cities. Way to go.
We easily could have cast this show 3 times over with what you all brought and it was extremely difficult to narrow down.   Thank you for everyone’s courage and talent.

We are excited to welcome to the table this year:

Adam Iverson

Alexis Camille
Anna Tobin
Butch Roy
Dane Stauffer
Ellen Jaquette
Ellie Hino
Emily Townswick
Erin Sheppard
Jake Scott
Jen Scott
Justin Betancourt
Katy Kessler
Matt Prindle
Mike Fotis
MJ Marsh
Sam Baker Harris
Sam Landman
Seniz Yargici Lennes
Tom Winner
Vann Daley

Throwback Night Auditions – Full Schedule

If you cannot make your scheduled time, please email breanna@hugetheater.com to let us know right away – please plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your audition to check in and warm up with your group.


Monday – October 2nd – Evening Schedule

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM
Jonathan Brown Brooke Fanning Andy Christian Lucas Hines
John bickford Erik Ostrom Timothy Eberle Peter P
Tommy Caravello Jamie Bonczyk Josh Krauskopf
Michael DallaValle
Ally Rae Colin Anderson Heather Hemmer Jay Kistler
Vann Daley Matt Judkins Jada Pulley Eric Brown
Lilly Rotter Jessabelle Olmstead Pamela Mazzone Shannon Foy
Sandra Struthers Ava Wichmann Susannah Eckberg Shea Roberts

Saturday – October 7th – Morning Schedule

10:00 AM 10:30 AM 11:00 AM 11:30 AM
Michael Deneen Christian Unser Katie novak Laura Hild
Monique Dargis Joe McGowan Douglas Cox Aiden Milligan
Ben Wagner Ryan Vanasse Heather Baldwin Kim Lambert
Cody Madison Adam Boutz Phillip Schramm Madhu Bangalore
Mawrgyn Roper Kyle Decker Jeff Kaisershot Abe vanderBent
Lauren Schaeffer Max Beyer John Eisenrich Ava Fojtik
Blake Thielmann  Vanessa Tu Clayton Anderson
Shelby Schroeder

Saturday – October 7th – Afternoon Schedule

12:00 PM 12:30 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Amy Zajack Matt Arriola Mary Ruebel Mike McCarron
Michael Weingartner Gavin Nachtigall Keren Gudeman
Justin Betancourt
Catherine Thimmesh Joseph Schifsky Hannah Fiedler Issabelle Allen
Kyle B Dekker Wells Farnham Erik Nielsen Chris Ragnacci
Michael Bloom Kevin Macklin Frank Kohlasch Jen Paulson
Philip Skretvedt Eric Geistfeld Eric Heiberg Jesse Burrows

 

3:00 PM 4:00 PM 4:30 PM 5:00 PM 5:30 PM
Edd Jones Lauren Chesnut Kate Zabinski Derek Landseidel Erica Solomon
Richard Hammons Ryan Klima Bryce Kalal Matt Selchow Breanna Cecile
Valerie Hurst Liv Augusta Lars Midthun Richard Ralston Michael Renner
Carlyn Lindstrom Danny Sussman Madeline Spott Sarah Maxwell Daniel Schwartz
Kevin Albertson Seniz Lennes Matt Axelson Emily Townswick
Jeff Roberts Gyllen
Becky Hauser Ryan Blix Sam Beeson Brynn Berryhill Abigail Sugahara
Kristen Marks

 


Sunday – October 8th – Evening Schedule

5:00 PM 5:30 PM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM
Matt Tatone Pam Franklin Adam Mellerup Craig Corsi
Mark Jelinek Elisabeth Groebel Nathan Kelly
Kristin Turnblom
Erik Hoversten Tyler Martindale Marty Wessels Nikki Vroman
Danielle Heinert Mike Hanson Becci Schmidt Alicia Wheelock
Cicely Laing Bradley Machov Tom Schmidt Zoa Dru
Chris Barth Matt Slater Kya Fischer Aaron Cook
Meredith Jacobs Trevor Charon
Casey MacCallum

Improvathon 2017 Announcement and FAQs

Improvisers at HUGE Improv Theater are taking the stage — and not giving it back for 28 hours — to raise money for the the non-profit artist-led improvisational theater. It’s a one-of-a-kind fundraising barnstorm that coincides with Give to the Max Day, November 16, an annual event when Minnesotans display their generosity by celebrating and donating to local nonprofits through GiveMN.org.

REGISTRATION
Improv Performance Request: https://hugetheater.formstack.com/forms/iat17
Iron Audience Contender: http://tinyurl.com/iat2017IRON

SCHEDULE
The Improvathon gets underway on Wednesday night, November 15, starting at 8PM, leading up to the official Give to the Max Day start at midnight on Thursday, November 16. A succession of more than 125 local improvisers will lead audiences through 28 hours of spontaneous, unrehearsed, improvised theater. The program will end at midnight Nov. 16.

The goal of HUGE’s 28-hour Improvathon is to raise funds for the LynLake-area theater and support improvisational theater in the Twin Cities. In addition to producing 500+ shows a year, HUGE teaches 400+ students annually, and supports the education and career development of performing artists.

Admission is pay-what-you-can, with a suggested minimum donation of $10. HUGE is located at 3037 Lyndale Ave. South near Lake and Lyndale in Minneapolis.

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GENERAL FAQ

What is Improvathon?
Improvathon is a 28-hour improv marathon fundraiser benefiting HUGE Improv Theater. It is timed to coincide with GiveMN.org’s Give to the Max Day, an annual statewide day of giving, on Thursday, November 16, 2017.

What is the schedule?
Starts: Wednesday, November 15 at 8:00PM
Ends: Thursday, November 16 at 11:59PM

So that’s it? 28-hours of improv and fundraising?
Basically! But it ends up being much more. It is a chance for the larger community – students, performers and audience — to get together. In years past, the Improvathon has been the impetus for brand new groups to form. It is also an important opportunity for many students and performers to get on stage and show their friends and family – inside and outside the Twin Cities — why improv and HUGE are important to them.

Also, there are amazing people who sign up to be Iron Audience contenders and watch 24-hours of improv. These intrepid souls form the backbone of the audience, especially at 3:30 in the morning, and support performers.

Why does HUGE schedule this to coincide with GiveMN.org’s Give to the Max Day?
Give to the Max Day (GTMD) is an important arts and nonprofit awareness tool that makes a big impact statewide. By participating in GTMD, we are part of a much larger event, and are supporting fellow Minnesota nonprofits.

In addition, HUGE will be eligible to win $1,000 – $10,000 extra dollars based on incentives from GiveMN.

What are some easy ways I can participate?

Come watch some shows – Bonus points if you make a donation to HUGE via GiveMN.org at home and then bring a printout to HUGE.

Be an Iron Audience Contender – If you are comfortable with staying up for 24-hours (midnight to midnight), this could be a great option. If not, just come out and watch some shows! A lot of us will be there, and it will be fun. (See Iron Audience FAQ below for more details.)

Volunteer – We’ll need 30 hours of box officers, tech booth operators, help with food, general tidying, massage therapists (?), you name it! A volunteer sign-up sheet will be posted in October.

Encourage people to contribute before they come to the theater – Our goal is to get donors to donate online and bring a printout w/ them to HUGE. It’s faster/easier for them and for the box office.

Offer or find a Matching Grant – GiveMN has piles of research that says projects with Matching Grants receive more donations. A Matching Grant can be as small as $100 to be effective. Contact molly at hugetheater dot com if you’re interested.

Donate! – Back one or more teams of your choosing, don’t be shy.

Spread the word– Word of mouth is incredibly important to HUGE, not only for the Improvathon, but for all our shows. If you haven’t reviewed HUGE on Yelp or Google, consider doing that. Sincere, great reviews are among the most valuable gifts you can give.

FAQ FOR IMPROV PERFORMERS

How many performance slots are there, and how do I sign up?
There are approximately 42 timeslots available, about the same as last year.  The link to the form to request a performance time is: https://hugetheater.formstack.com/forms/iat17.

**registration does not guarantee a spot as an Iron Audience or in the schedule as a Performer – though we will do our best to accommodate requests**

Can I be in more than one group that performs?
Of course! We just ask that you consider how thin you are spreading yourself in terms of time and energy, but also your ability to contribute to each groups’ fundraising goals. Also know that there are a lot of improvisers who want to participate, and so try to leave room for others.

Is there a prize?
Yes. The performer/group that raises the most funds will receive a custom coaching session from a special guest, either in March or during Twin Cities Improv Festival in June. In addition, the group will receive their name on the wall, bragging rights, and HUGE hoodies (within reason).

Pro Tip: Finding matching grants for your group are a great strategy if you want to win the top fundraising prize, but also is a great thing for people that want to give before Give to the Max Day. It is a great way to get the word out and start fundraising right away. At present, we don’t have a matching donor set up. You could get one for your own group. Or ask your work if they donate to 501c3 nonprofits like HUGE.

I’m uncomfortable with fundraising, but I want to perform. Can I just sign up for a performance time?
Not really. Improvathon is HUGE’s biggest annual fundraiser. We are asking each performance time to try to raise at least $350. In years past we haven’t specifically asked groups to fundraise as part of this event, but it is very important to sustaining the theater. Part of our hope and vision that Improvathon could raise $50,000 or more for HUGE this year. (It sounds like a lot, but that’s about one month’s operating expenses.)

We will do our best to make fundraising easy for you – and there are a lot of tools to do that, through GiveMN.org’s online donation site and through tips and samples we will provide. Keep in mind, this isn’t about cold calling strangers. You’ll be asking family and friends who know you, and are asking them to support a nonprofit cause that’s personally important to you.

If you are truly uncomfortable asking friends and family to donate, please choose another way to perform at HUGE. Everyone is welcome to Space Jam each week, or to enter the Improv A Go Go lottery, or to take a class and perform in the showcase, or to submit a show idea, or all of the above. And those are just the opportunities at HUGE, there are many more in the Twin Cities. All to say, this is not just a performance slot, it is a chance to financially support a nonprofit theater with a mission to support the improv community.

Cool, I will renew my Membership that day for part of my fundraising goal!
Oh, gosh, you guys. Members and Memberships are ALWAYS very much appreciated but administering this has grown too complex to sustain. New this year is a rule that memberships — while enormously appreciated — will not count toward Improvathon team goals nor will it count toward the final tally of what is raised during Improvathon.

FAQ for IRON AUDIENCE

Every year, around 11-25 people sign up to be Iron Audience contenders, which means they plan to stay awake to watch 24-hours of improv (midnight to midnight).

Does having an Iron Audience really help?
Performers are grateful for the Iron Audience, and the tremendous boost their presence gives. In return, performers work hard to create the best show possible for the audience, even at — or maybe especially at —  3AM. Beyond that, Iron Audience helps HUGE by posting on social media and, of course, and by raising funds.

What does an Iron Audience contender get?

Those who watch 24 hours of improv (midnight to midnight) get their name on HUGE’s wall and a badge, plus an Improvathon T-shirt. Beyond that, HUGE does what it can to make Iron Audience contenders welcome and comfortable.

This year, the Iron Audience contender who raises the most funds will receive a Golden Ticket to HUGE, good for a year of free shows, and a HUGE Theater hoodie. All Iron Audience contenders that complete the 24-hours will get their names on HUGE’s wall, plus a T-shirt and badge.

What are the Iron Audience rules?
The rules are based in the honor system — the idea is to be in the theater watching performances, and no performances can be skipped. Sleeping through shows and/or being absent from the theater are outside of the spirit of the event. That said, people need to take breaks for bathroom and snacks, and may want to step outside under the awning to get some fresh air. It is also possible a person might doze off here and there. All of these things are acceptable.

The Iron Audience portion of the event runs for 24-hours and begins promptly at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17. There is a kick-off reception and four hours of improv prior to that (starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night) that you are of course welcome to attend. But it’s not part of Iron Audience.

What if I change my mind, or get sick, or get called into work?
This is a low-pressure, low-stakes event where your health and peace of mind are top priority. For that reason, we reserve the right to discontinue any person’s participation in Iron Audience, including in concern for health, safety or comfort. If at any point you’re feeling sick and/or just need to take a break or go home, you should! We will never stop being grateful for all you do.

I’m uncomfortable with fundraising, but I want to be an Iron Audience contender.
Can I just show up and stay?

Not exactly. You are certainly free to come to HUGE and watch as much improv as you’d like! To participate as an Iron Audience contender, though, is to participate in an important part of the fundraiser. This portion of the event is arguably the most “a-thon” part of the whole Improvathon. We are asking each Iron Audience contender to sign up by November 5 and to commit to raising at least $100 for HUGE as part of the event. (Registration link is here: http://tinyurl.com/iat2017IRON.)

We will do our best to make fundraising easy for you – and there are a lot of tools to do that, through GiveMN.org’s online donation site and through tips and samples we will provide. Keep in mind, this isn’t about calling strangers. You’ll be asking family and friends who know you, and are asking them to support a nonprofit cause that’s personally important to you.

Cool, I will renew my Membership that day for part of my fundraising goal!
Oh, gosh, you guys. Members and Memberships are ALWAYS very much appreciated but administering this has grown too complex to sustain. New this year is a rule that memberships — while enormously appreciated — will not count toward Iron Audience goals nor will it count toward the final tally of what is raised during Improvathon.

I don’t see the answer to my question here – who can I contact?
Feel free to send questions to molly at hugetheater dot com.

What were those registration links again?
Improv Performance Request: https://hugetheater.formstack.com/forms/iat17
Iron Audience Contender: http://tinyurl.com/iat2017IRON