May Bank Show

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Even after a thrilling, fun-filled Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival, there is no rest for preparing for our next monthly bank show series.   As always, the show will be taking place at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall.  The doors will open at 7:30 PM, and the show will begin at 8 PM.  The cost is only $5.

As the schedule lines up, we’ll keep you posted of all the talent hitting the stage.

 

REMINDER:

Our Harold Class is taking place from April 26 to June 7, 2014.  The cost is only $75.

Sign up here for this class and future classes.

Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival

Our annual Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival is April 3rd to the 5th, and all the shows will be held at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall.

How much of a deal will this be?

Thumbs UP Super Fun Time Variety Hour(s): $5
Friday Improv Night: $5
Saturday Improv Night: $5
Workshops: $10
Festival Pass: $10  (Yes, we know, we’re nuts)

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The three-night celebration will begin on Thursday, which will be held as our monthly Non SICuitur Thursdays. This will be designated as the Thumbs UP Super Fun Time Variety Hour(s).  The cost is $5 for this open mic set up and we’re accepting all performance artists, comics, magicians, musicians, poets, or sword eaters to perform.  This is the inaugural Thumbs UP Super Fun Time Variety Hour(s), and having participants of all kinds, especially sword eaters, would be awesome.

Click the link at the beginning of this post to sign up.

Friday and Saturday will be filled to the brim with drama and humor from improv troupes from all over the UPstate region:  Oswego, Ithaca, Rochester, Troy. and Manlius.

Oh, and Syracuse.

Workshops will be held Saturday morning for the low cost of $10, and all are welcome to attend.  Get your feet wet with improv.  We boast a fun, judgement-free zone, because we at the SIC want you to enjoy yourself and succeed.

For the full line up, please visit us at the festival’s website.

Remember:  The  three-night pass is only $10!!! Crazy deal!

 

 

Breaking the Bank: A Fundraiser Update

Wow, was our monthly Non SICuitur open mic night fun last night. A big thank you goes out to all in attendance, and to the students at The Big Picture School, all who came to get a feel of the wonderful Central New York Playhouse.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for pictures. Hope to see you all again for our next non SICuitur show, Thursday, April 3.  This will be the opening ceremonies to our annual Thumbs Upstate Improv Festival.
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This is a reminder for our very special event going on the night of Friday, February 28th. The Syracuse Improv Collective and Lafayette Big Picture School are teaming up to support local and public education.

The Lafayette Big Picture School is a public school that encourages its students to follow their passions. Proceeds will be headed toward the school for supplies that will help with student projects.

Those performing include:

Satan’s Closet
Gentlemen, To Bed
The Nudes (music)
Stand up from Mitch Dadey & Zerbie Hynson
An improv performance by Big Picture School’s students

 

Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30).

Thank you for your continued support, and we cannot wait to see you there!

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Oh, and our classes start tomorrow! Welcome to the next round!

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Putting the ‘Fun’ in Fundraising

February is fill of fun activities, so let’s get you informed!

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On Thursday, February 20th, we have our monthly nonSICuitur Thursday.

This is the night where the Syracuse Improv Collective cordially invites you to come perform and show off your talent in a judgment free zone. You’ll have the opportunity to perform and show what you are all about in front of a group of peers whether you sing and play an instrument, spout poetry, make us laugh with your stand-up comedy, and showcase your improv.  We will have an open jam at the end, so anyone is more than welcome to join in on improv, and it does not matter if you new or seasoned.

Our Thursday open mics are essentially a practice session when fine tuning your performance skills and to combat nervousness when it comes time to performing in front of larger audiences.

We want you to succeed and develop your abilities.

The night begins at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30).  The cost is only $3.

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We have a very special event going on for you on February 28th. The Syracuse Improv Collective and Lafayette Big Picture School are teaming up to support local and public education.

The Lafayette Big Picture School is a public school that encourages its students to follow their passions. Proceeds will be headed toward the school for supplies that will help with student projects.

Those performing include:

Satan’s Closet
Gentlemen, To Bed
The Nudes (music)
An improv performance by Big Picture School’s students

Tickets are $10 and the show begins at 8 P.M. (doors open at 7:30).

Thank you for your continued support, and we cannot wait to see you there!

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(As a reminder… our next classes begin on February 22nd.)

Improv to Warm the Soul

How are we all doing?  Staying warm?

On January 31st, our next Bank Show will be taking place at The Central New York Playhouse. What we have in store for you is the same great night that you’ve come to experience, enjoy, and love with past shows.  The show starts at 8 P.M., and the doors open at 7:30 P.M.  The cost is $5.  A cash bar will provide snacks and beverage for your responsible enjoyment.

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Gentlemen, To Bed! will be headlining the night’s events.  Nate Clark will be making everyone laugh with his stand-up showcase.  Stephen Peters will present his Hodgepodge Collage, which is filled with familiar-faced collectivists after their exciting scene work class.  The rumor on the street is that Greg Masyln will be providing music again, and we’re greatly anticipating his return.  Frank and Meghan will be returning to create improvised art as well.

Surprises?  Yes.  There could be.  We don’t like to rule those out, nor do we like to spoil them.

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This is also a reminder that our Improv Scene Work classes will begin February 22 through March 29.  The  six-week long course is a mere $75 per person.

The Scene Work class builds on the fundamentals learned in the Intro to Improv class and introduces the importance of storytelling as it applies to the performance of scenes. It will stress working together and focus on techniques for starting scenes and developing interesting characters and situations that the audience cares about. It will also work on recognizing and dealing with common pitfalls improvisers face. At the end of the class, participants will be comfortable with good scene work and will be ready to apply their knowledge to more advanced improv forms.

Participants are encouraged to have successfully completed any introductory improv course before enjoying this class.  Fellow and seasoned improvisers are also able to attend, because we encourage you to fine tune your skills.  Practice is practice, and each step is closer to becoming a better improviser.  You can register here!

We cannot wait to see you all soon!

Announcement!

Merry Christmas everyone!

As a special holiday announcement, the lineup for the first 2014 Bank Show has been set!

Sam Stinson will be performing some music.

Our friends, Loustin, will be returning to the Playhouse stage.

Dewey Lovett will be taking over the mic for some stand-up comedy.

Our very own Satan’s Closet will be headlining the show, featuring their returning minion, Aaron Geiskopf.

 

Tickets are $5, and the doors open at 7:30 for this 8 P.M. show!

Click the picture to visit our event’s Facebook page.  Find and follow us on Twitter!

 

We cannot wait to see you all there!

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Intro to Improv Classes!

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Imagine nothing.

No scripts, no sets, no costumes, not even any ideas or plans. Your mind is a clean slate. Maybe there are some lights and a chair or two. It’s you, a team of a few other players, and an empty stage filled with potential.

You get a word. From that word and nothing else, you and your team create a play. You don’t set out to make a comedy, but the play is funny because YOU are naturally funny. The play is coherent, because you trust your teammates and they trust you. The play unfolds with recurring themes and motifs, scenes, and a plot.

The play has memorable characters, all of which never existed before and may never exist again. Who or what you personify all comes from your imagination and as a result of the teamwork along side of your fellow performers.

We can teach you how to do this.

Intro to Improv workshops start January 11, and they run through February 15, 2014. This will be the last time we offer the Intro to Improv class until the summer.

Create something from nothing. Now is the time.

You can visit us on Facebook, go to our classes info page, and you can go here for registration.

We cannot wait to see you there!

 

January Resolutions

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It’s never too early to think about the new year, resolutions and short-term goals you’d like to see through, and (of course) fun.  We have two shows coming up in the first half of January to get you in the spirit for having a great year.

On January 3rd, we have our first Bank Show of the year!  At the Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall, your favorite SIC stars will take the stage along with special guests performing stand-up comedy, music, and improvised art (which, as always, be available for purchase during the auction after  the show).  The show will go on at 8 PM, and the cost is still only $5.

On Thursday, January 9th, we’ll be bringing back our open mic and experimental night called Non SICuitur Thursdays.  This night will allow performers of all ranges to fill a slot for the evening.  If you want to perform, please book ahead of time so we can put your name on the bill.  Invite your family and friends to watch you and others perform in a comfortable and judgement-free zone.  Whether your talent is improv, comedy, music, art, or even spoken word you are very welcome to give something new a try or show us your fine-tuned skills.  Tickets for this show are $3 at the door, and the doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8 PM show.

At the end of each night the floor will be opened up for everyone to participate in a jam.  This will give everyone and anyone the opportunity to try out performing improv.

We do hold classes for those interested in improv, and we want you to join in on our fun.  Yes, we do encourage you to take the classes, but we only want to encourage you to be your personal best.  There is no pressure for you to perform in front of an audience.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

The Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival will be returning Thursday April 3 to Saturday April 5, 2014.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information at the website (currently being updated) and at the Facebook page!

Non SICuitur Thursday, December 5!

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Don’t miss the last SIC show of 2013!

On Thursday, December 5, we at the Syracuse Improv Collective will be bringing back our open mic and experimental night called Non SICuitur Thursdays. This fourth installment should be better than ever! This night will allow performers of all ranges to fill a slot for the evening. If you want to perform, please book ahead of time so we can put your name on the bill. Limited spots are available. Invite your family and friends to watch you and others perform in a comfortable and judgement-free zone. Whether your talent is improv, comedy, music, art, or even spoken word you are very welcome to give something new a try or show us your fine-tuned skills. Tickets for this show are $3 at the door, and the doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8 PM show.

At the end of each night the floor will be opened up for everyone to participate in a jam. This will give everyone and anyone the opportunity to try out performing improv. We do hold classes for those interested in improv, and we want you to join in on our fun. Yes, we do encourage you to take the classes, but we only want to encourage you to be your personal best. There is no pressure for you to perform in front of an audience.

We cannot wait to see you all soon! Thank you for joining us in advance!

Just Desserts: Not Just Another Bank Show

On November 29th, we will be holding another monthly Bank Show at the CNY Playhouse, and you are all invited!

At 8 PM on the day after Thanksgiving, you can join us for $5.  You’ll be treated to nothing less than entertainment, laughs, head sways and tapping feet.  As usual, improv will be the main course on the menu, and you’ll be able to enjoy some stand up comedy and live music as well.  We will continue to extend our hospitality with a cash bar as well.

You’ll see your favorite Syracuse Improv Collective faces along with familar special guests.  How about a couple spoiler alerts?  Scott Austin will be back in town, and he’ll be performing with our very own Joe Blum.  Back from Chicago, Lou Leonardo will be teaming up with Ron Sweet for the reappearance of RonDeLou.

Being Black Friday, you’ll get your shopping done early.  For those who shop at the mall, since you will already be there, please join us at Shoppingtown Mall.  For those who don’t want to think about the shopping hassle, we’ll create a nice haven for you to sit back and relax in.

We cannot wait to see you there!