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HUGE Hangout Auction Winners!

Congratulations to everyone who bid on fun hangouts with HUGE performers, students and fans. All proceeds went to help HUGE survive and thrive in this tough time. Thank you SO much to everyone who donated a hangout, everyone who bid, and to the dynamic duo of Breanna & Bree who organized the whole shebang!

And now, the winners!
An Hour in the Fake Writers’ Room of Your Choice with Emily Schmidt! Molly Chase
Awkward Date with Dilly Dally! Shea Roberts Gyllen
Become Produce with Ari Newman! Andrew Christian
Craft Puppets with PUPPETS! Jon Reek
Custom LEGO Art with Blake Wanger! Boo Segersin
Eat Dinner and Watch a Movie with The Mess! Erik Ostrom
Homemade Indian Takeout with Abs & Ian! Bree Dalager
HUGE Golden Ticket! Erik Ostrom
HUGE Golden Ticket! Jada Pulley
HUGE Golden Ticket! Heather Baldwin
Jackbox with Casey Haeg! Ariel Lopez
Life Coaching with Taj Ruler! Jon Slock
Making with Kelsey Dilts McGregor! Ariel Lopez
Mending with Kelsey Dilts McGregor! Breanna Cecile
MurderClown Writes Your Obituary! Kristin Turnblom
MurderClown Writes Your Obituary! Jane White
One-on-one Intro to Voiceover Crash Course with Ian Fishman! John Bickford
Photos with Adam Iverson! Andrew Christian
Play Pinball with MJ! Bree Dalager
Resume Review & Alcohol/Ice Cream with Bree! Erin McFerrin
Ryan Klima Will Draw You Literally Anything! Kristen Ragnacci
Sailing with Cliff Zawasky! Erik Ostrom
Sailing with Cliff Zawasky! Matt Axelson
SeaQuest with Subatomic Duck! Jill Bernard
Virtual Puzzle Room with Subatomic Duck! Matt Axelson
Wake & (Egg) Bake with Michael Krefting! Bethany Grimes
Your Horror Story by Sean Dillon! Sean Dillon
Zoom Movie with Subatomic Duck! Ari Newman

IMPROV STUDENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS


Developed in collaboration between Pam Victor and the “Improv Teachers’ Support & Collaboration Group” Facebook group, adapted by HUGE Theater.

  • You have the right to be and feel safe during performances, rehearsals, and classes.
  • You have the right to be treated respectfully.
  • You have the right to set boundaries regarding physical contact and subject matter that might trigger a negative emotional response. You have the right to dictate what kind of physical touch you will receive. 
  • You have the right to immediately step out of any scene, performance, rehearsal, or class in which you feel unsafe or uncomfortable. And you have the right to excuse yourself from any scene or exercise at any time without explanation.
  • You have the right to inform your teacher of anything you want them to know ahead of time, such as physical or emotional conditions that might make playing certain games difficult or uncomfortably challenging.
  • You have the right to speak to any teacher, House Manager, board member, or any other HUGE representative regarding behavior by any person that you feel infringes on your rights. You also have the right to file an anonymous report. 
  • If you are personally aware of any conduct that would have been a violation of your rights if directed toward you, you have the same right to report that conduct as if you were the target.
  • You have the right to define what feels fun and what feels comfortable (and uncomfortable) for you without judgment from others.
  • You have the right to turn down a suggestion you feel is demeaning.
  • You have the right to fail.
  • You have the right to be brilliant.
  • You have the right to love your work.

Exercising any of these rights will not adversely affect your ability to progress in classes, to be cast in or be booked for shows.

Whaaa? Fun online shows? YES!

Hi hi! So, we’re still in the midst of it all and missing everyone desperately. We wish our stage could be filled and our theater sold out, but alas, 2020. Anyway, maybe you’ve seen that we’ve recently put together a small bit of online content over on our YouTube Channel to keep HUGE in your hearts and your funny bones. And if you haven’t already seen some of the awesome new online shows happening, here’s a little rundown for your peepers:

NOW RUNNING…

It’s 9 O’Clock Somewhere: The Lounge-asaurus Rex MORNING SHOW!(at 11:59am)
(Wednesdays at 11:59a CDT Aug 19th – Sept 9th)

Whether you’re just rolling out of bed or eating lunch – 11:59am is technically morning and this is a MORNING SHOW. Join Lounge-asaurus Rex LIVE (virtually) for a stiff cup of improvised music and laughs. Savor in silence or you can be in the theater with Rex via Zoom (the link will be posted in the FB event and in the YouTube comments) to help inspire epic songs and crisp hot banter that goes great with pancakes – or a sandwich. Good times and deliciously over-the-top improv will (re)start your day RIGHT – It’s 9 O’Clock Somewhere! Wednesdays (hump day) at 11:59am.
Bed head encouraged. Pants optional.

Grown!
(Fridays at 8p CDT through Aug 31st)

GROWN! is a musical adventure, exploring the pains of growing up. Hannah Wydeven improvises an entire 1-person musical about the trials and tribulations of become an adult.
Each week the show is improvised on camera, including every song. Hannah hears the song for the first time right in front of your very eyes!

Music provided by Austen Fisher. The show is filmed by Josh Kaplan and edited to remove transitions, but it is all done in one take and fully improvised from start to finish.

Join us LIVE on YouTube every Friday in August at 8 pm. Watching live is the best way, as you can comment along with other audience members as the show airs.

Blackout Founders & Friends
(Fridays at 930p CDT through Aug 31st)

It’s been nearly 4 years since the Founders of Blackout have produced a show and, well, a lot has happened since then. Trump took office, Game of Thrones delivered the worst series finale, we find ourselves in the middle of a global pandemic and after George Floyd was murdered by police, the world set on fire against white supremacy and police brutality. This show will celebrate some Black joy and some Black truth by bringing in different BIPOC guests each week from Minneapolis and beyond. We’ll have some open and honest discussions and then do some improv inspired by those talks. So buckle up, we have a lot to unpack. The Founders are John Gebretatose, Alsa Bruno, Andy Hilbrands, Joy Dolo and Kory Laquess Pullam

Join us LIVE on YouTube every Friday in August at 930 pm. Watching live is the best way, as you can comment along with other audience members as the show airs.

Adorable!
(Saturdays at 7p CDT through Sept 5th)

Weird, sweet, often funny: Veteran improv performers Butch Roy and Jen Scott, navigate two other people’s relationship in the most awkward way possible.

AND COMING IN SEPTEMBER….

Toaster
(Sundays at 6p CDT)

Through the miracle of Zoom, watch small scenes pop up as quickly as toast. Featuring a revolving cast of amazing local improvisors and special guests put together by Jill Bernard. You never know who is going to pop up!

And the return of CREATURE FEATURE! An all new, made for the internet version of one of our flagship shows.

We tasked 2019 Creature Feature Directors Anna Tobin and Brian Hodge-Rice to put a new spin on this old classic and we’re super excited to see what they’ve come up with for your online eyes. We’ve pulled together a great cast of some Creature Feature veterans as well as some folks new to the show, featuring Shoshana Daniels, Casey Haeg, Becky Hauser, Josh Kaplan, Sam Fathallah, Erin Kennedy, Matt Prindle, Maureen Tubbs, and Duck Washington.

Creature Feature is an improvised monster movie and this year it will scare your socks off via Zoom over on HUGE’s YouTube Channel Fridays at 8p CST this fall.

WE STILL MISS YOU…

We hope you’ll join us for some or all of the fun over on HUGE’s YouTube channel. If you haven’t already become a subscriber, please do! Then you’ll always get show alerts because how do you even track time anymore? Donations are always welcome either to the artists directly (their Venmo/Paypal gets posted in the chats) and/or to HUGE at giveHUGE.com.

And stay tuned as we continue to work through and adjust to the theater world as it is now. It’ll keep changing. But we’re here and we love you.


HUGE update, June 9, 2020

First and above all else, this has been an historic couple weeks of long-overdue reckoning on police brutality and racism in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, on top of a lousy couple months of COVID isolation. We hope that you and yours are as healthy and safe and engaged as you can be.

We recognize this likely is the last thing on everyone’s mind as we fight for social justice and survive a pandemic. But for anyone who might be wondering whether HUGE will start to reopen, per the Governor’s latest announcement that indoor entertainment venues can reopen at 25% capacity, the short answer is: not yet. We are also looking forward to that happening, promise. We miss it dearly. But a big part of safely reopening right now is making sure social distancing of 6 feet can be maintained, and we don’t feel we can assure that. We’re a cozy space. So we wait.

Thanks for bearing with us, as we eagerly await the right time to open our doors. In the meantime, we’ve got some exciting things cooking for the Twin Cities Improv Festival AND Black and Funny Improv Festival, so keep an eye on this space.

Love,
HUGE

A brief statement from HUGE Theater

White supremacy caused this.
White silence caused this.
Police brutality caused this.
Not listening to BIPOC voices caused this.
Not making real changes when protests were peaceful caused this.
George Floyd is another in a long list of lives taken that caused this.

Like many of you, we are angry at the causes of this uprising – and we stand in support of those rising up to demand justice for George Floyd and for real reform and change in our city, in our police and in the systems that shelter and abide racism and injustice.

“Black Lives Matter” cannot just be a sign we put up in hopes that it saves our windows from being broken, it is something we need to stand behind and take steps to affirm so it shows in our daily actions.
We recognize that they are empty words unless and until we all make the importance of black lives a lived reality by dismantling the systems of white supremacy that oppress BIPOC in our city and nation.

We strive to be part of solution, and we join the rest of our community in rage and grief at this tragic injustice.

Samantha Pereira Scholars

Every semester, HUGE Theater names a Samantha Pereira Scholar to recognize a scholarship recipient of exceptional merit. Samantha Pereira was one of our teachers; also a performer, director and a beautiful person who passed away in December 2015.  She had a special interest in introducing improv to newcomers — we choose a Samantha Pereira Scholar who is just the sort of student and human she would have really cherished. Here is a list of the scholars to date:

Winter 2016 – Allison Dahlberg
Spring 2016 – William Sobolwski
Fall 2016 – Shauna Madison
Winter 2017 – Mawrgyn Roper
Spring 2017 – Jada Pulley
Fall 2017 – Mairead Koehler
Winter 2018 – Bahea Manasrajr
Spring 2018 – Eden Yosief
Fall 2018 – C Michael Menge
Winter 2019 – Tri M Vo
Spring 2019 – Kristin Thompson
Fall 2019 – Dorian Beal
Winter 2020 – Dolly Heart

How to use Zoom

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.

HUGE Artists Summit – Now Online, Saturdays April 11 & 18

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

An Update on COVID-19 from HUGE

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.

A Note from HUGE on COVID

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

For classes:

  • 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.