The Nashville Improv Company (formerly the Nashville Comedy Theater) will perform a 12-hour improv comedy marathon for charity at The Next Level Arts & Entertainment Mindset (1008 Charlotte Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 6, starting at 1 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to Hands On Nashville, the group has announced.
Nothing like this has been ever been attempted in the Southeast, according to NIC. The event features 12 improvisors with 35 combined years of experience performing in twelve one-hour shows. Those performances include sets of their signature high-energy games, a Broadway-style musical, a Shakespearian play, a kids’ show, a love story and a late night R-rated show, all completely improvised in the hip, pop-culture infused style that has become NIC’s trademark.
The troupe is a professional company that performs shows every 1st and 3rd Saturday featuring improvised games, music, and dramatic scenes completely inspired by the audience. They specialize in themed performances, like “The Super Bowl of Improv”, which featured costumed Patriots and Giants competing in challenges. Their next show is the “Salute to Improv” this Saturday (Sept. 15) that pays homage to the television series, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
The cast has performed for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Vanderbilt’s Sarratt Theater and Tennessee Renaissance Festival. They were proud to be selected as the only Nashville-based team at the Nashville Improv Festival. Their classes and workshops have attracted hundreds of students and businesspeople looking to gain self-confidence and spontaneity in their lives, according to NIC.
A limited number of wristbands are available for $30 each that allow unlimited access to all 12 hours of improv. Individual tickets to each hour are available for $5. During the event, the cast will ‘pass the hat’ for additional donations, hold a silent auction for items donated by local businesses, and have a donation link on their website (www.nashvilleimprovcompany.com) for those unable to attend.
For more information, contact Lacie Madison at (615) 544-5386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1991, Hands On Nashville (HON) has been connecting volunteers to critical needs facing the Middle Tennessee community, like hunger, homelessness and environmental protection. In 2011, HON connected more than 114,000 volunteers to service opportunities, making it one of the largest volunteer resource centers of its kind in the world. Offering more than 300 volunteer opportunities to the community each month at HON.org, Hands On Nashville challenges everyone to find a way to give back and to … Be the Change. Volunteer. For more information, visit www.HON.org or call (615) 298-1108.
*All photos by Heather Clemons Photography courtesy Nashville Improv Company.
Back row: Ethan Bryant, James Barra, Jesse Worstell, Ryan Leyhue, Michael Kearney, Jessica Moellendorf
Second row: Lisa Terlikosky, Kadie Smith, Adrienne Curran
Front Row: Jesse Briggs Krista Widmann, Lacie Madison
Adrienne Curran, Krista Widmann, Jesse Briggs
Lisa Terlikosky, Ryan Leyhue, Michael Kearney
Ethan Bryant, Lacie Madison, James Barra