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Upcoming class: Everything Matters with Drew Kersten

Fun class with Drew Kersten coming up! “EVERYTHING MATTERS”– Wednesdays from 7:30-9:30 on 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16

This three-week course is open to graduates of HUGE Theater’s 201 class, and others with instructor permission (write to workshops@hugetheater.com)

Everything matters in improv. If you named your scene partner Nancy, how old is their character and what year is it? What does it mean if they looked down when you called them Daddy? You took a deep breath before speaking, why did that make your scene partner cry? Our scenes are packed with rich material if we just “listen” with all of our senses, and accept the gifts we are given and the gifts we give (even the unintended parts). This class will explore how to recognize that you are being inspired and how to turn those unexpected and unintended moments into a fully realized improv scenes. The class will have a heavy focus on scene work and personal feedback.

This class will take place in the HUGE Theater Annex which has a flight of stairs for entry.

Drew Kersten has been improvising since 2002, and started teaching improv in in 2007. He studied at BNW in Minneapolis, Pan and Lila Theaters in the Bay Area, and UCB in LA. He’s moved across the country as an improvisor 4 times, which has given him a unique perspective on on improvising with and teaching people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Currently he teaches and performs at HUGE Theater in Minneapolis as well as festivals across the country.

Register here: http://www.hugetheater.com/classes/everything-matters-with-drew-kersten-wednesdays-from-730-930-on-112-119-and-1116/

Throwback Night 2017 Audition Schedule – Saturday

Saturday – September 17th

Noon
Emily Townswick
Greg Eiden
Nathan Rouse
Davis Steen
Sarah Maxwell
Sarah Busch
Anna Larranaga

12:30 PM
Anna Bergreen
Justin Betancourt
Alec Johnson
Elizabeth Council
Sally Foster
Erik Nielsen

1:00 PM
Erin Kennedy
Jeremy Barta
Karina Strom
Ned Heckman
Chris Harrington
Kelly Sheehy

1:30 PM
Graham Gilson
Christian Unser
Eric Brown
Leah Issacson
Frank Kolasch
Brad Van Regenmorter

2:00 PM
Amy Zajack
Danny Sussman
Douglas Cox
Mike Merino
Matt Peiken
Andy Katzung

2:30 PM
Bobby Gardner
Ricky Noren
Carl Olson
Kevin Albertson
Gavin Nachtigall

3:00 PM
Gubby Kubik
Maureen Tubbs
Michael Renner
Ryan Vanasse
Abe Vanderbent
Cicely Robin Laing
Nate Morse

3:30 PM
Michael Dallavalle
Kristi Battarbee
Lizzie Gardner
Gurayn Sylte
Jacob Fate
Matthew Arriola
Bryan pierce

4:00 PM
Ingrid Nuttall
Sarah Arnold
Jacob Olson
Peter Emmett Cowen
Lindsay St. Clair
Tessa Hilpipre
Courtney Miller

4:30 PM
Molly Chase
Sam Beeson
Rachel Sear
Philip Skretvedt
Ian Welch
Heather Meyer

5:00 PM
Anna Tobin
Ben Wagner
Lauren Chestnut
Bette Bentley
Erica Solomon
Isabel Johnson

Throwback Night 2017 Audition Schedule – Thursday

** There are still times remaining on Saturday, September 17th **
Link to the signup form at the bottom of this post.


Schedule for Thursday, September 15th auditions – held in the HUGE Annex:

7:00 PM
Adam Iverson
Gretchen Grunzke
Phil Peterson
Kathleen Zabinski
Phil Schramm
John Eisenrich
Andy Sedivy
Anthony Neuman

7:30 PM
Richard Ralston
John Bickford
Sarah Turner
Jessica Ostendorf
Paul King
Joe Mcgowan
Tommy Caravello
Mike Koscielny

8:00 PM
Katie Novak
Clayton Anderson
Elyse Moretti
Spencer Rettelle
Heather Baldwin
Mary Ruebel
Josh Krauskopf
Jeff Kaisershot

8:30 PM
Sophie Brossard
Bradley Machov
Mark Jelinek
Max Besner
Wells Farnham
Joanna Nachtigall
Breanna Cecile
Dan Ruby

9:00 PM
Greg Klimowicz
Miranda Hoeferson
Jay Kistler
Michael Larson
Jeff Gyllen
Gavin Nachtigall
Chris Barth

9:30 PM
Matt Axelson
Andrea Ravich
Drew Kersten
Jackson Collins
Susannah Eckberg
Shea Roberts


 

 

Throwback Night 2017 Auditions

Signup for an audition time to be part of our annual showcase of classic long form improv structures with directors Mike Fotis, Jill Bernard and Hannah Wydeven!

Everyone is welcome to audition, even if you’ve been part of Throwback Night before!

If you cannot see the form below click HERE

 

HUGE 101 Improv Basics: Women/Femme/Non-Binary/Gender Queer only section

We are proud to offer a special section of our HUGE 101 Improv Basics that is Women/Femme/Non-Binary/Gender Queer only. The class is 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Sundays 9/11-11/13, $220 (scholarships and payment plans available, email workshops@hugetheater.com).

This workshop covers introductory improvisational comedy skills: trust, agreement, give and take, and basic scenes with fun guidance. No experience required, you’re perfectly prepared for this. Students must be older than 18.

REGISTER HERE: http://www.hugetheater.com/classes/101-huge-improv-basics/

Taught by Hannah Wydeven, who has improvised in the Twin Cities for a decade and performs with Show X, Mayhem, Second Wave Feminist Nightmare Enclave. In addition, Hannah is part of the FairPlay MN Leadership Team, an organization devoted to claiming equitable space for all women-trans-femme improvisers. You can read more about Hannah on their website: https://fairplaymn.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/meet-the-leadership-team-hannah/

Make light for people that are suffering – never make light OF people that are suffering

It’s hard to go to work at a place where people act silly and feel like what we’re doing matters at all right now.   No….”hard” isn’t the right word. We have it easy.  When you run a place that is supposed to make people laugh it can be hard to know how we can help when there’s nothing to laugh about.

It feels trivial. It feels small. It feels like the most luxurious privilege to go on smiling when people are suffering so violently. It feels crass to continue making laughter down the street from where people are weeping with strangers.

Would it make anything better to stop and remove more happiness and laughter from the world right now? Certainly not.

Of all the uncomfortable tasks being undertaken this week, ours is still the easiest by far. We will keep this thing lit so it is here when people need a place to come smile in all this darkness.

We continue because we know that it can be important to be a source of something positive – without diminishing or ignoring what is wrong – and a great honor when people come to us in need of some happiness or healing or just a brief escape.

That is what we do and it IS a great privilege.
We will be here when you need us.
We are here to serve.

Election Show Cast Announced!

We are stoked to announce the cast of ELECTION! We had just under seventy people audition, and we had an absolute blast seeing the incredible talent and enthusiasm that runs rampant in the Twin Cities improv community. It was extremely difficult to finalize this cast, and we are exceedingly thankful to everyone who took the time to audition. See you in September!
–Bradley and Dan

The Cast:
Aaron Cook

Tane Danger
Greg Eiden
Lizzie Gardner
Sami Haeli
Ellen Jaquette
AlysshaRose Jordan
Anna Tobin
Maureen Tubbs
Abe vanderBent

Casting Announced – Attenborough

We are excited to announce the cast of Attenborough: The Improvised Nature Documentary.
There was exceptional turnout for this audition and we were floored by the level of commitment to movement and beautifully portrayed animals. We are not exaggerating when we say we could have easily cast this show three times over. Thank you to all who auditioned.
– Rita, Michael, and Erin

 

Justin Betancourt
Jacob Fate
Bobby Gardner
Becky Hauser
Erin Kennedy
Emily Lindholm
Heather Meyer
Lupe Muraszewski
Erik Nielson
Michael Ritchie
Jen Scott
Kelly Sheehy
Erin Sheppard

 

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AUDITION NOTICE: ELECTION SHOW

ELECTION SHOW AUDITIONS

ELECTION is holding auditions for its run at HUGE Theater on Saturdays at 8pm in September and October. ELECTION is an improvised election. Using real issues and fake candidates, each show will feature the nominating conventions of two competing parties, a debate, and Election Day itself–along with the candidates and their staff on the campaign trail, studio check-ins with political pundits, and attack ads.
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Details:
Show run: Saturdays at 8pm, September/October at HUGE
Auditions will take place at HUGE Theater in half-hour slots on the following days:
 –  Saturday, June 18th – 10am-12pm
 –  Sunday, June 19th, 12pm-3pm
To schedule an audition please fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/8CyC8Z9IAk
A minimum of eight rehearsals will be held on weekends from the middle of June through the end of August. Rehearsal dates and times will be decided prior to finalizing casting.
If you have any questions, please email Bradley at bmachov@gmail.com.
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Elections are serious business, so satirizing them should be even seriouser. Along with generally solid improv skills, we’re looking for people who project confidence on stage and can say ridiculous things with the type of sincerity embodied by the best politicians and pundits. The show will feature current events in some fashion, so at least a passing interest in the news of the day is preferred.
Produced and directed by Bradley Machov and Dan Linden

HUGE Hangout Auction Results

The annual Hangout Auction has come to a close with an amazing total of just over six thousand dollars raised to help support HUGE Theater through the summer!

The complete list of items and winners is as follows:

Classic Video Gaming Day with Bryce Kalal! Blake Wanger
Valley Fair (or Scare) with Naughty & Creepy! Blake Wanger
HUGE Golden Ticket! Daniel Ruby
HUGE Golden Ticket! Dan Haeg
HUGE Golden Ticket! Corey Jansen
Your Own Personal Clown! Emily Lindholm
Minneapolis Mini-Golf Open with This Just In! Abe vanderBent
Wait, We Live Together? Abe vanderBent
Get A Plate of Fries with Kiss Kiss Slap (tater tots are not fries)! Abe vanderBent
Baseball, Brews, & Brats with Tim! Abe vanderBent
Karaoke with Crossweaving! Emily Townswick
Blab ‘n’ Beer with Gregory Parks! Amy Zajack
MAYHEM in Vegas! Paul Barrett
Learn & Drink with Ty & MJ! Bree Dalager
Grab Some Ice Cream with Ladyfriend at Milkjam! Ariel Lopez
Chipper Happy Day of Fun with Mary, Breanna, and special guest ABE! Robert Wagner
Dinner & Theatre with Heather Baldwin! Amy Burge
Karaoke with Crossweaving! Liv Anderson
Ice Cream Tour with Heather Baldwin! Cynthia Rodriguez
Tea Time with the Cast of Bearded Manor! Divya Maiya
Fingerpainting with The Painters! Breanna Cecile
Check Out That Giraffe with Gregory Parks! Emily Shaftel
LEGO Custom Design and “Block” Party with Blake Wanger! Josh Krauskopf
Learn to Juggle with Joshua Krauskopf! Kate Novak
An Evening of Board Games! Emmett Cowen
Urban Exploring Adventure with Troy Zimmerman! Corey Jansen
Mystery Hangout with Nathan and Abe! Shelley Johnson
Fake Music Lessons with Michael Krefting! Ngyuen Hoang
Board Game Day with Michael Krefting! Ngyuen Hoang
Chasing Waterfalls with Blake Wanger! Bruce Rehberg
Kool-Aid and eBay with Meghan Wolff! John Rogers
Go Jogging and Eat Salad with Bryan Pierce! Bryan Pierce
CANDY with Goof Goof at MN’s Largest Candy Store! Bryan Pierce
Coloring Books and Beer with Jane White, Hooray! Samuel Bauman
Space Jam Hangout and Host! Anthony Gillen
License to Krill: Netflix and Krill! Jeff Gyllen
Sandwich Judgement with Side Pickle! Jeff Gyllen
A Crafternoon with Squash Banana! Robert Wagner
Bowling with the Pin Pals! Steve Bennett
Chili and Chill with Bowl of Chili! Matthew Neisen
Totes Recall LIVE! See a movie with the Totes Recall crew! Erik Ostrom
Beer Hike with Nathan Rouse and Mary Kane! Amy Zajack
Skate Date with Erin and James! Meghan Wolff
Blizzards with Dairy Royalty! Phillip Schramm
FOOD! with Nathan Rouse! Heather Baldwin
Manners & Misconduct Presents: Tea and Gossip! Ellen Jaquette
Be a Guest on Next At Bat! Bennett Christensen
Nerd Out with Denzel Belin! Daniel Jaquette
Duo with DallaValle! Justin Betancourt
Road Trip with The Pickup Artists! Michele Wegscheid
Slap Lipkin in the Face (or pay to protect him)! Joseph Niemi
Improv Duo with Jill Bernard! Jesse Parent
Photos of an Hour of Your Life with Adam Iverson! Erin Kennedy
Photoshoot with Clay Macartney! Bruce Rehberg
Homemade Pizza with Clay Macartney! Bruce Rehberg
Reminisce with Clay Macartney! Bree Dalager
Bridge with Superfan David Lund! Bree Dalager
Intro to Bridge with David Lund! Adam Litz
A Hug from Clay Macartney! Emmett Cowen
Pie-making Lesson from Cliff Zawasky! Michael Krefting
Worst First Date with Erin Kennedy! Steve Daniel
Watch a Copa América Centenario Match with Minnesota United FC’s Jamie Watson! Adam Litz
Home-cooked Meal & an ARTShare Performance with Shea Roberts! Denzel Belin
Lazer Cats with Actual Cat! Phillip Schramm
Go to a Bar & Watch Sports with Bradley Machov! Drew Kersten
You Can’t Do That to Bryan Pierce! Justin Betancourt
Swindle & a Pint with Joe McGowan! Nathan Rouse
Drunken Milkshakes with Amy Zajack! Bree Dalager
Trip to the Como Zoo with The Mess! Robert Wagner
Air Music Lessons with Michael Krefting! Ngyuen Hoang

THANK YOU to everyone that donated and bid – and to the amazing people that put the Hangout Auction together and run it every year. We love you.