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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.

NOW ACCEPTING SHOW PROPOSALS

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 rita@hugetheater.com with any other questions.

If you cannot see the form, please click here: https://forms.gle/mcUHjjF9PHLGXYjH9

HUGE is closed – no heat!

Our HVAC is out – the building is cold and locked down this evening!

** 401 class at the Ivy is still ON **

Parts are ordered and repair is set for tomorrow morning – All Friday shows will proceed as normal

2/9/2020 – EDIT: *all* classes cancelled

Road conditions look pretty snowy and the parking lot is buried…we are cancelling all classes today. They will be rescheduled for a later date! Stay home, stay safe!