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Happy New Year, New Show

Hey, everyone! Here at Syracuse Improv Collective, we’d like to wish you an early happy new year. In order to have a great year, you have to start off on a happy, positive foot. So, why not start now?

We have a lot to offer. Not only are our classes returning in full force — be sure to check out the dates and sign up — we’ll promise our monthly shows every… err, month.

For instance: Coming up on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, our Bank Show returns to The Vault at 451 S. Warren St. At the moment, we have No Friends Just Benefits, Heavy Metal Heatwave and Satan’s Closet on the bill. We’re contemplating a couple more things, but you’ll have to wait to find out.

That’s all for now. Be sure to like our Facebook page, and we’ll keep you updated on upcoming events and special events.

January 2015: Bank Show, Classes

Come help us ring in the New Year, kick the new year off right with our monthly Bank Show and our upcoming Intro to Improv class.

As a resolve …

  • To keep you entertained
  • To keep you laughing (even though you may cry at one point … from laughing)
  • To help you step out of your comfort zone
  • To encourage and support you to try something new
  • To welcome you to the Syracuse Improv Collective family. The more the merrier.

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On January 2, 2015, we’ll be bringing back the Bank Shows for another year. It’s going to be an incredible year as well. Our classes are continuing, and the SIC is continually growing. We love that you love improv to be a solid part of the Central New York arts and entertainment scene.

The show will be at The Central New York Playhouse in Shoppingtown Mall. The Show will begin at 8 PM, and the doors will open a half hour prior.

The cost? Still $5.

We can’t wait to see you there.

The lineup is as follows:

The Modells
[New Improv Team]

{Intermission}

Hazmat Love
Satan’s Closet

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On Saturday, January 10, our Intro to Improv class will be returning. We love new faces, new interested people willing to try something they never knew they would enjoy: performing improv.

Registration and info can be found on the classes page. (<— Follow that link.)

The cost is only $75 per person. It’s a perfect gift for yourself and someone you love, whether these people are a partner, a friend or family member.

During the six-week-long class you’ll be trained by one of our veteran and skilled improv performers. You’ll meet and interact with other members of the collective — people whose excitement will probably rub off on you. The improv community is growing, and we want you to be a part of it. We want you to enjoy this, we want you to perform regularly, and we’d like our family to grown.

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.

The line-up is as follows:

Gentleman, To Bed! doing improv!
The Red Herrings will be doing improv as well!
SU’s Mouse House will be scurrying from the hill to perform MORE improv!
Dario Joseph doing stand up!
Greg Maslyn doing music!

 

 

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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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!

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!

 

Intro to Improv Class starting Tuesday, September 17

We’re happy to announce our next six-week improv class!

Register for a class!

Intro to Improv
Dates and Time: Tuesday, September 17 – October 22, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Instructor: Mike Borden
Difficulty: Beginner

Price: $75
Location: Central New York Playhouse, located in Shoppingtown Mall near the Macy’s entrance.

For beginners that have always wanted to pursue improv, for the adventurous looking to try something new, and for the veterans looking to reconnect with the basics. Intro to Improv brings in basic concepts like listening, Yes and, sharing focus, relationships, and generosity. Intro to Improv does not have a performance component, so class energy will be focused on these building blocks, applying them to scene work, and having fun.

New SIC Class announced! Improv Scene Work starts June 25

You should register for the class of your choosing on the Registration page!

Improv Scene Work
Dates: Tuesday, June 25 – Tuesday, July 30
Instructor: Ron Sweet
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: $75
Time: Tuesdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Central New York Playhouse, located in Shoppingtown Mall near the Macy’s entrance.
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 signing up for this class.

SIC Improv Workshops kick off in the coming weeks

You should register for the class of your choosing on the Registration page!

Intro to Improv
Dates: Tuesday, April 23 – Tuesday May 28
Instructor: Mike Intaglietta and Ken Keech
Difficulty: Beginner
Price: $75
Time: Tuesdays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Central New York Playhouse, located in Shoppingtown Mall near the Macy’s entrance.
For beginners that have always wanted to pursue improv, for the adventurous looking to try something new, and for the veterans looking to reconnect with the basics. Intro to Improv brings in basic concepts like listening, Yes and, sharing focus, relationships, and generosity. Level I does not have a performance component, so class energy will be focused on these building blocks, applying them to scene work, and having fun.

Introduction to the Harold
Dates: Saturday, April 27 – Saturday, June 1
Instructor: Ron Sweet
Difficulty: Intermediate
Price: $75
Time: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Location: Solvay Tyrol Club, 213 Lamont Ave, Solvay, NY 13209
The Harold is a long-form structure developed by Del Close and is the basic form all long-form improvisers should know. This course will teach the fundamentals of the form as well as continuing to work on scene work and character development. This course is recommended for anyone who has some improv experience and feels comfortable participating in a two-person scene. Graduates of this class will have the opportunity to audition for a SIC house team.