HUGE Theater is using a website app called Zoom for our virtual pods, normally intended for business people to have meetings!
Opening Zoom the First Time
It’s best to use a computer — you can also use the Zoom app on your smart phone, but some features are missing. Breanna will email you a link – click to join the Zoom meeting. Once you click on the link, Zoom will ask you if you would like to download the Zoom application or to use your web browser. You should click “download and Run Zoom” to download the application:
After Zoom downloads, follow the directions on your computer to install the application.
NOTE: You will only need to install the Zoom application once.
Once the app is installed, you will be asked to if you want to join the meeting with video. Choose “Join with Video.”
Next, you’ll the be asked if you want to join with audio. Click on the big blue button that says “Join with Computer Audio.”
Tip: If you don’t want to be prompted for this the next time you join, check “Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting.”
Opening Zoom the Second Time
The next time you follow a link to Zoom, you may be prompted to “Open zoom.us app.” Click on “Open zoom.us app.”
You’ll have to follow the steps again to join your video and audio, and then you’ll be taken to the meeting.
Zoom’s Video Tutorial
Here is a video from Zoom on how to join a meeting:
Class specific instructions
Your teacher will chat with you about all the other settings and mechanics we’ll be using to make class go as smoothly as possible.
There is more to doing improv than just… well… doing improv. That’s why HUGE presents the Artists Summit each year — to help equip improvisers at all points in their journeys with some tips and information to increase their opportunities and success.
With the world on lock-down, this year’s Summit is still happening but will be online only, via Zoom. All sessions are free of charge, but advance registration is encouraged: REGISTER HERE.
April 11, 10:00am – 12:00pm Promotion & Design, with Butch Roy
If you want people to see your work, you’ve got to get the word out! Learn how to market your show to the public and to improv festivals, and get an overview of graphic design tips, typography basics, and tools for creating eye-catching visuals. Meeting room: https://zoom.us/j/101166968
April 11, 2:00 – 4:00pm Now What?, with Breanna Cecile and Sean Dillon
You’ve taken the full course of improv classes… now what? Some lucky folks seem to fall easily in improv success, but most of us have to work to build our own opportunities. Getting closer to our improv dreams — even figuring out what our improv dreams are — takes patience, self-awareness, and hustle. This session will help you evaluate your strengths, figure what you want out of improv (and why), and give you tools to find the people who want the same things you do. Then we’ll look at how to build the opportunities you’re looking for and how to stay the course when things aren’t going your way. Meeting room: https://zoom.us/j/350778764
April 18, 2:00 – 6:00 pm Showmaking A-Z, a panel discussion
This is the big one. We’ve assembled a panel of some top Twin Cities improv and comedy show-makers, to talk about every aspect of producing and/or directing an improv show, from the ground up. This session will cover everything from how to find and develop show ideas, to the casting and rehearsal process, to managing personal and creative conflict, to finding venues and managing the show beyond opening, and more! And we’ll leave plenty of time for Q&A with our panelists, who are: Rita Boersma, John Gebretatose, Emily Lindholm, Heather Meyer, and Joe Rapp. Meeting room: https://zoom.us/j/161242776
Governor Tim Walz has announced updated recommendations regarding COVID-19 for Minnesota. Among these recommendations is that gatherings of any size should be canceled, if 6 feet of social distancing cannot be provided. Unfortunately, HUGE performances and classes cannot assure this level of social distancing. As a result, HUGE is suspending all activities at this time.
All performances through the end of March are canceled immediately and will not be rescheduled. Further cancellations are likely, but we are going to take it on a week-by-week basis for now. Pre-purchased tickets will be refunded, and no further tickets will be pre-sold to any March performances, unless/until COVID recommendations are ended. This kind of closure will be devastating financially for a small arts organization like HUGE. If any patrons are inclined to donate the price of their ticket (or more!), those donations would be gratefully received at givehuge.com.
We are exploring our options and attempting to innovate with regards to virtual or video-streamed performances. We will make further announcements if this proves to be possible.
The final week(s) of our Winter classes are also canceled. Affected students have be contacted.
We know that this is a difficult time for our entire community. Please take the best possible care of yourselves and each other. And we look forward to seeing you on the other side.
At this time, on the basis of the available information and guidance, HUGE Theater will largely continue its normal operations. While continuing to plan for the possibility of further measures, we are taking the following precautionary steps, effective immediately:
We are temporarily reducing our “sold out” capacity from 100 to 60, in order to space out our seating and reduce contact between patrons.
The tables and chairs normally in the lobby will be removed, to reduce the number of contact surfaces, and increase the personal space available to folks.
Our front desk, bar, seating, and bathroom fixtures will be disinfected frequently.
Hand sanitizer is available at our desk and bar.
All jams including Space Jam are cancelled through the end of April
We are asking all of our classes to observe a “no-touch” level of physical contact for the time being.
Showcases for Winter classes are cancelled.
Winter students will not be penalized for missing classes for COVID-related reasons (including concern over contact).
Drop-in classes are suspended for the time being.
We support our students, staff, performers, and patrons in making the decisions you feel are best for you. Please notify us at the earliest opportunity if you are not able to be at the theater when you are expected. We will update this plan as needed.
Hi hi! It’s March and that means that the Show Proposal form is now open and accepting submissions through March 30th for shows that will run at HUGE June-December of 2020. Keep ’em rolling in! We’re excited.
All information needed should be in the form but email email@example.com with any other questions.
the Free Association – produced by HUGE Theater – will perform Saturdays at 10:30pm May 2nd – June 20th, 2020
Rehearsal schedule: Please check your availability before signing up to audition!
Rehearsals will be weekly at 1-3pm on Saturdays – beginning on 2/22 The show will be 45-60 minutes each week, co-directed by John Gebretatose and Butch Roy
the Free Association is a structure based on an exercise by Joe Bill and Mark Sutton – produced with permission at HUGE Theater – that focuses on “tagging in” to characters in the scene, focus on point of view and building together.
There is a very special day for non-profits in MN – known as Give To the Max Day (GTMD) – a single day of giving to organizations in MN produced by GiveMN.org – It is on that day that HUGE holds our annual fundraiser known as IMPROVATHON!! Beginning on Wednesday November 13th and running until just after midnight Thursday, November 14th – for the entire 28 hours, HUGE Theater is filled with non-stop improv, celebration of this community, amazing and touching fundraising efforts and so. much coffee.
This is a crucial day for HUGE Theater – in years past it has been GTMD that allows us to forgo fundraising of our audiences year round, allowing people to come enjoy the shows and defer their Minnesotan guilt about giving until November every year…more on that below.
The SPONSORS! Once again we thank Common Roots Catering and Steamship Coffee for all of the caffeinated liquid support they sent our way – there are few things as important to being awake and energetic and upright and on stage for 28 hours as caffeine. Afternoon Printing once again produced all of our Improvathon shirts and they are spectacular as always!
@commonroots – @steamshipcoffee – @AftnPrnt Please help us thank them !
The WINNERS! The Improvathon is also a competition – performers and Iron Audience can win workshops, super-exclusive swag and the coveted plaque on the theater wall with their fundraising! We are excited to announce that the fund-raising-est groups were:
THE PROVETTES HUGE STUDENT JAM! DILLYDALLHAUS
The top Iron Audience fundraisers were:
ANONYMOUS (we know who you are…AGAIN) SARA ANN AVELSGAARD BRIAN HODGE-RICE
Thank you (thank you, THANK YOU) to everyone that helped schedule and wrangle, volunteered, posted, tweeted, watched, ushered, cleaned, brewed more coffee, staffed the box office, took photos, performed, hassled relatives near and far to donate and made us weep with joy.
The RESULTS! HUGE focuses all our energy and efforts on this day to fund our programs, scholarships, staffing and the glamorous work of keeping an arts non-profit open all year long.
Official Improvathon 2019 Grand Total: $57,500!!
The “Now What?”
This year we set our goal at $75,000 – which we obviously did not reach but this number (and this event) are no less amazing and inspiring.
It was less than a decade ago when having a theater for improv was a crazy dream and charging $5 for a show was risky – in our early years this was an unthinkable amount to raise – we knew that it was shooting for the stars (especially in the same year we made a bold attempt at a new building), and we have been keeping an eye on the fundraising trends in the arts and across industries… which is all a way of saying that we knew it was a real possibility that we would raise less for GTMD2019.
This means some changes – we have programs that we firmly believe need to grow and crazy dreams yet to be realized – fundraising will ebb and flow but HUGE continues will always need to adapt The most noticeable change was one foreshadowed earlier – we cannot simply continue to wait for GTMD to ask for the donations we need year round, so you will see and hear more direct asks for support at HUGE – while this is something we know will change the experience of coming to HUGE, we hope that asking the people that enjoy the shows more directly to supporting this place will also help them feel more connected to the continuing survival and success of the theater.
The reality is that we’ve had a few very good years of hitting our fundraising targets, grants and growth – and while it’s been good to be out of “survival mode” for awhile, we always try to keep in mind that those things can change and we may need those survival skills again.
The dream of owning a building continues and those efforts resume in full now that GTMD2019 is behind us – with additional operations fundraising to be done as well – because owning our building is the big step toward long-term security we can make, but we want to make sure that we maintain the health and security of the organization until that day.
There will be a lot more specifics and visible efforts rolling out as more and more schemes take shape – as well as the official updates at our annual public event at the HUGE 9th Anniversary Show on Jan 25th!
I know it can feel hard to be upbeat about all of this – the capital push and GTMD falling short of their goals – but it is always more-than balanced by this tremendous community and the continuous love and support that keep this place going, that it something hard to show on a spreadsheet or a budget or a blog post.
There is so much meaning beyond the number after the dollar sign, those are the things that are hardest to quantify.
The crazy ideas people launched to raise money this year, the surprise of getting large checks for our new building from family members or even people we’d never met (but they know someone that loves HUGE so very much that they were moved to give), the scope of just how far and wide this community reaches. Last – and absolutely not least – the simple fact that dozens of people are willing to bring themselves to this place to spend 28 hours laughing together and connecting with one another, supporting one another as well as this place and telling everyone how much they love it … how many non-profit organizations can say that? How many non-profit organizations have the privilege to serve a community and an art form like this one?
I don’t think there are any communities like ours. I think we are lucky beyond measure to be able to continue to do what we do for this community, this art form and these people – more often, it is impossible not to be excited and energetic about what we get to do And what comes next.
Thank you all
Executive Director of HUGE Theater and Humble Servant