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WHAT IS IMPROVATHON?
The single most important day in HUGE’s year. 28 hours of continuous improv. HUGE’s only operational fundraiser each year. A massive community event.
Over 50 different improv groups and shows — sometimes as many as 200 people — take the stage in 20-30 minute slots, starting at 8pm on a Wednesday and going until midnight the FOLLOWING DAY! All of those groups are fundraising, semi-competitively, on behalf of HUGE, with a goal this year of raising over $60,000!! And the leadership staff is there the entire time, testing the limits of their physical and mental endurance. This event is timed to coincide with GiveMN’s Give to the Max Day, when every donation — no matter the size — gets HUGE entered in drawings for $1K-10K bonus prizes!
WHEN IS IT?!
8pm Wednesday, November 16 - midnight November 17, 2022
WHERE IS IT?!
For the VERY LAST TIME, Improvathon will take place at 3037 Lyndale Ave, HUGE’s original home. By this time next year, we’ll be in our new location at 2728 Lyndale. So you don’t want to miss this last chapter of our magical 3037 history!
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?!
So many ways!
- * Sign your improv group up to perform at Improvathon, with a group commitment to raise at least $500! Registration will be open through October 25.
- * Sign up as a member of the “Iron Audience,” committing to stay at the theater for the full 28-hour event, with a goal of raising at least $100!
- * Sign up to volunteer… at the box office, as a photographer or sponsor-hunter, or to run errands and just generally keep the place running for a couple hours.
- * Come see shows during Improvathon. Every suggested-donation admission we receive adds to our total!
- * Encourage friends and family to give on Give to the Max Day!
WHAT ARE THE COVID POLICIES?!
All performers, volunteers, and audience members will abide by HUGE’s standard COVID policies: proof of vaccination (initial series) required, boosters and masks strong encouraged.
In addition, Iron Audience and leadership staff (who will be around for the whole event) are required to take a rapid test before arriving on Nov 16. And the backstage spaces will be reserved for the next two groups performing (our food table will be in the lobby).
I’M UNCOMFORTABLE FUNDRAISING BUT STILL WANT TO PARTICIPATE. CAN I?!
We’d LOVE to have you attend or volunteer. But we are asking all of our performing groups and Iron Audience to fundraise. And we've got some great advice to share to help make fundraising painless -- most groups make it to the $500 mark without much trouble.
CAN I PERFORM WITH MORE THAN ONE GROUP?!
Totally -- but keep in mind that each group is responsible for fundraising $500. So be careful about spreading yourself TOO thin.
YOU SAID IT’S SEMI-COMPETITIVE?
Yeah! We'll have a leaderboard on our Give-to-the-Max-Day site, and our top-fundraising Iron Audience and top 3 groups get a piece of HUGE swag (like a mug or hoodie) as a thank-you. Our #1 top fundraising group also gets a free workshop or coaching session during the Twin Cities Improv Festival or Black and Funny Improv Festival!
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?!
Improvathon is an “operational” fundraiser. It supports the day-to-day costs of running HUGE Theater. That means it supports our class scholarships, our low ticket prices, our ability to pay performers, and our ability to underwrite important programs and festivals that may not pay for themselves. This money isn’t specifically for the build-out of our new space, but it helps us keep our doors open, so we can open our new doors. Ultimately, it is all the same bucket.
WE CAN'T WAIT! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US ON THIS BIG ADVENTURE!
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