Performers Blog

Auditions for the Free Association – Saturday, January 18th

PLEASE NOTE: the Free Association format involves fast, physical edits and contacts and may involve a broad range of physicality and physical activity – if you have any physical limitations or concerns, please let us know. 
Please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and warm up with your group. See you Saturday!

10:30 AM11:00 AM11:30 AM12:00 PM12:30 PM
Jon KnudtsonDerek LandseidelJosh KrohnMichael RennerAbe vanderBent
Katie KneplerLane FlatenMax FriedmanLiz CouncilAdam Boutz
Will BerendRob FiorendinoBecky HauserRachel BuhmanMatt Slater
Katie NovakRyan KlimaHeather BaldwinShealah CocherellCraig Corsi
Gurayn C SylteMaria BartholdiRichie McLarnVanessa Tu
2:00 PM2:30 PM3:00 PM3:30 PM4:00 PM4:30 PM
Julie CensulloCody MadisonShelby SchroederBradley MachovAlexis CamilleMandi Bedbury
Jared WillsBret MeyerErik OstromMary RuebelSusannah EckbergZoa Dru
Michelle LippmanJeff KaisershotAndy ChristianAdam M. MellerupRon CulpAmy Zajack
kristin turnblomMarty WesselsHannah McNameeRobbie DarlingAlyssa DiVirgilioKate Button
Kristen RagnacciC Michael Menge

If you have any questions, concerns or cannot make your scheduled audition for any reason, please contact butch@hugetheater.com as well as Breanna@hugetheater.com – thank you and break all the legs!

Audition Schedule: Free Association – Monday, January 13th only

Here is the schedule for the MONDAY auditions for the Free Association – there are still a handful of spaces left, please see the original post HERE

5:00 PM
Tommy Caravello
John Bickford
Will Schroeder
Michael Rogers
Nels Lennes

5:30 PM
Sarah Baker
Divya
Rabin Pun
Erin Kennedy

6:00 PM
Christian Unser
Julietta Benson
Chris Rodriguez
Laura Hild

6:30 PM
Andrew Lindvall
Max Besner
Bradley Machov
Cicely Robin Laing
Vann Daley

If you have any questions, concerns or cannot make your scheduled audition for any reason, please contact butch@hugetheater.com as well as Breanna@hugetheater.com – thank you and break all the legs!

Auditions for the Free Association!

the Free Association – produced by HUGE Theater – will perform Saturdays at 10:30pm May 2nd – June 20th, 2020

Rehearsal schedule: Please check your availability before signing up to audition!

Rehearsals will be weekly at 1-3pm on Saturdays – beginning on 2/22
The show will be 45-60 minutes each week, co-directed by John Gebretatose and Butch Roy

the Free Association is a structure based on an exercise by Joe Bill and Mark Sutton – produced with permission at HUGE Theater – that focuses on “tagging in” to characters in the scene, focus on point of view and building together.

PLEASE NOTE: the Free Association format involves fast, physical edits and contacts and may involve a broad range of physicality and physical activity – if you have any physical limitations or concerns, please let us know

If you cannot see the form below CLICK HERE

The audition schedule will be posted at performers.hugetheater.com as soon as possible – if you have any questions or concerns please email info@huegtheater.com
Thank you!

Auditions for jorts!

Jorts Prom is an independent production coming to HUGE in 2020 – all questions should be directed to the producers : jortsimprov@gmail.com

“Prom Night” was created by the original cast of jorts! in spring 2017.
The show structure consists of two parts: First, an audience member is interviewed by the entire cast about their prom and overall high school experience. Second, the cast recreates the audience member’s prom night based on their interview using a modified Harold structure.

Link to audition form and tons more info :

https://forms.gle/j2tgLSdFtr1CYRS49

the Cast of Bad Poets Society

A note from the producer and director of Bad Poets Society – an independent production coming to HUGE in 2020!

We’d like to give snaps to everyone who auditioned for Bad Poets Society. We had an absolute blast seeing the incredible talent and energy of the Twin Cities improv community, and appreciate you taking the time to share it with us. Please keep making art. 

With that being said, we are stoked to announce the cast for Bad Poets Society! 
The cast: 

  • Jill Bernard
  • Justin Betancourt
  • Shoshana Daniels
  • Monika Hetzler
  • Hannah McNamee
  • Deepika Pangarkar
  • Jada Pulley
  • Katie Quinn
  • Chris Rodriguez 
  • Will Schroeder 
  • Victoria Temiz

See you in March and April! 
Jada Pulley, producer & Denzel Belin, director

Improv A Go Go Winter Schedule

IAGG Winter 2020 Schedule is posted!
The following groups were selected by random.org (our official supplier of random numbers for more than 10 years!) for the upcoming season of IAGG!!

8 Bit Improv
Again & Again
Awesome Floss
Basement Keg
Berkley Boyz
Bikiniprov
Bombardment Society
Cloud Wars
Creekdale
Crumplestiltskin
Ferrari Formula One
New Roads
PIVOT
Richie vs Bradley
The Experimentations of Dr Tieglitz
The Latest Night
The Persephonee Project Reunion Tour
The StepChildren
Timber
Wolf Blitzer Trio


Fun fact: We had more than 130 entries for the 20 groups this season



The most current version of the schedule is always the Google Calendar which lives online here:

Casting Notice – OFF BOOK

It is that magical time again, friends… Off Book is coming up January-February at HUGE Theater, and we’re looking for improvisers and on-script actors. If you’re interested — EVEN IF YOU HAVE PERFORMED IN THE SHOW BEFORE — please fill out this form. 

A full description of Off Book is at the link, but here’s the quick version: Off Book is one of HUGE’s longest-running shows. It pairs a scripted actor who has memorized a scene with an improviser who is coming in clueless, and the results are kinda magical.

We’re holding limited auditions on Dec 3 for improvisers whose work we don’t know well. If we don’t ask you to audition, that just means we already know you.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfPmqYMi7HGCh8elpPgiOrdYrGWzcjoEZlIrXMVUF9bN15pYw/viewform

Improvathon 2019 schedule!

Here it is, friends. Let’s get delirious!

PLEASE NOTE:
– There may be a few more minor adjustments. We’ll contact any affected groups directly.
– please be aware of your set length as they are not all the same.

– The t-shirt order goes in November 1st – if you send “oh hey, we need to add one more to the shirts” after October 31, there won’t be much I can do for you.

– Graphics for sharing/posting are coming soon – we have been holding off on some of them to avoid early donations, there will be a big rollout of info and images after Nov. 1st.

Thank you to everyone for being part of this massive day
It’s gonna be unreal.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 13
8 PMButts & Beef
8:30 PMMud Coven
9 PMWhereases
9:30 PMThe Shrieking Harpies
10 PMThe Bearded Company
10:30 PMFeel Good About Yourself Orchestra
11 PMCrumplestiltskin
11:20 PMBollyprov
11:40 PMLast Action Movie
THURSDAY, NOV 14GIVE TO THE MAX DAY!!!
12 AMGttMD Kickoff/The Ops Team
12:30 AMSleepover
1 AMLarry the Fable Guy
1:30 AMHollow Bones
2 AMTracktastic
2:30 AMShelly & Ethel: Take the Stage!! presents “”We’re All Doomed,”” a live improvisational show about Who Cares P.S. Butch don’t take any of this out this is all part of the title; yes, this part too. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
3 AM201: Kelly & Julietta Edition
3:30 AMThe Kid
4 AMGhoulish Endeavors
4:30 AMSympathetic Magic
5 AMMichael and Bret in the Morning
5:30 AMPUPPPETS
6 AMCloud Wars
6:30 AMSwoon River
7 AMSTUDENT JAM!
7:30 AMBREAKFAST
8 AMBenches (with Pam)
8:20 AMSubatomic Duck
8:40 AMNon-zero Chance
9 AMResist Sleep
9:20 AMUSA’s Newest Duo!
9:40 AMHotel Shampoo
10 AMAwesome Floss
10:30 AMCommunity Ed
11 AMAdorable
11:30 AMDoubtless
12 NOONLUNCH BREAK
12:30 PMStrays
1 PM1up
1:30 PMKids at Camp
2:00 PMTarantino
2:30 PMRandomly Chosen
3 PMCacophony
3:30 PMFickle Me, Zelmo
4 PMSTUDENT JAM!
4:30 PM15 for 2
5 PMWomen of a Certain Height
5:20 PMKistKrauseRouse
5:40 PMDINNER BREAK
6 PMCLEAN UP
6:20 PMUbookuitous
6:40 PMThursday Night Bingo Club
7 PMPOC Ensemble Jam
7:20 PMRat Queen
7:40 PMThe Provettes
8 PMMurderClown
8:30 PMComedySportz
9 PMjorts!
9:30 PMBlackout
10 PMThe Mess
10:30 PMMAYHEM
11 PMDillyDallHaus
11:30 PMDrum Machine
12 MIDNIGHTRESULTS AND
WE ALL FALL DOWN!

Throwback Night 2020 Cast Announced

Thank you to everyone who auditioned for Throwback 2020. We had nearly 130 folx audition this year and were positively overwhelmed by the talent. It was an incredibly difficult decision. Congrats to this year’s cast:

CAT’S CRADLE
Directed by Jill Bernard / Asst. Director Emily Lindholm

Bryce Kalal
Chris Rodriguez
Danielle Heinert
Jada Jacinta Pully
Justin Betancourt
Mawrgyn Roper
Neil Razdan
Sarah Arnold
Sean Dillon
Shelby Schroeder

LIVING ROOM
Directed by Rita Boersma / Asst. Director Alexis Camille

Andrew Lindvall
Erik Ostrom
Jenny Shaw
Kate Button
Lauren Chesnut
Lizzie Gardner
Matt Prindle
Max Friedman
Nora Coyle
Sam Fathallah

DECONSTRUCTION
Directed by Hannah Wydeven / Asst. Director Susannah Eckburg

Adam Iverson
Hannah McNamee
Jack Callahan
Julie Censullo
Kari Mellerup
Paige Kraemer
Matt Slater
Marty Wessels
Michael Rogers
Sarah Baker

Improvathon 2019 Registration 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 15, 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/iat19
Iron Audience Contender: http://tinyurl.com/iat19iron

There is an Improvathon Kickoff Meeting at HUGE Theater – October 7th at 6pm!

Come ask questions, get more info and meet your fellow contenders as we gear up for GTMD2018!


SCHEDULE
The Improvathon gets underway on Wednesday night, November 13, starting at 8PM, leading up to the official Give to the Max Day start at midnight on Thursday, November 14.
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. 14.

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 600+ 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.


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 14, 2019.

What is the schedule?
Starts: Wednesday, November 13 at 8:00PM
Ends: Thursday, November 14 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.
2019 Prizes include
– $500 Golden Tickets every 15 minutes
– two “Power Hour” challenges – each worth $6,000
– hourly $1000 Golden Tickets
– $500 Early Giving Tickets, starting Nov 1
– the final $10,000 Golden Ticket!

Every donation through GiveMN on GTMD is an entry to win those prizes.

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 soon.

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 butch 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 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/iat19.

**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 scarves.

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 $500. 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 $100,000 or more for HUGE this year. (It sounds like a lot, but that’s about two 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. We’ve enacted 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 15. 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/iat2018IRON.)

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.

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

What were those registration links again?
Improv Performance Request: https://hugetheater.formstack.com/forms/iat19
Iron Audience Contender: http://tinyurl.com/iat19iron