Performers Blog

Glossary of Terms

Glossary of terms

Because of the changing nature of improv groups and productions, it’s useful to clarify the terms as HUGE is using them:

Show: Any production proposed and/or booked at HUGE

Group: May be a set cast (i.e. The Mess) or may be a production entity that assembles a cast for a run of show.

Producer: Person responsible for production support on the show side – may include all aspects of the group’s responsibilities outside of the artistic direction of show content, i.e. scheduling rehearsals, point of contact for logistics for both cast and venue, etc.

Director: Person responsible for the quality and content of what is performed on stage – point of contact with venue for matters of artistic vision and quality as well as any issues, concerns and feedback involving the cast.

Assistant Director: Responsible for working with the director to co-create and communicate the vision for the show with the cast through rehearsals and notes.

HUGE Production Team: The Artistic Director, Program Coordinator, Executive Director, Technical Director and Marketing Director. Currently our Executive Director (Butch Roy) is serving as Technical Director and Marketing Director in addition to other responsibilities.

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


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:


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 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