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Join Tara Copeland and an all-star cast of the WCMIF performers come together for this once in a lifetime event! These amazing pro performers will hit the stage having never played together before and they will make up an audience inspired SUPERMUSICAL!!
Tara Copeland has been performing and teaching improv comedy for over 15 years. She's been a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade community since 1997 and was a member of the Harold Team Mother at UCBNY for over ten years. She can be seen every Thursday at 7pm at UCB Sunset with the UCB musical improv house team Magic To Do and is a regular performer in the monthly show, Gravid Water. Tara teaches classes at the UCB theater in Los Angeles, and is the creator of the UCB Musical Improv program. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CAST: Coming Soon!
Stage 4 Improv is a Bay Area comedy machine, specializing in long-form improvised musical performances. Veteran improvisors (and real-life buddies) Sam Neipp, Kevin O'Shea, Chris Scharmen & Michael Wilcoxen have been performing together for close to a decade. Their original feature show, 'Writers Block,' follows four broadway playwrights on a deadline as they write & perform a new (improvised) Broadway musical. Every show is different, but all feature unforgettable characters in extraordinary circumstances. Join them and you’ll quickly see they have as much fun performing as the audience does watching. Sometimes insightful, always unpredictable, the laughs are guaranteed!
CAST: Sam Neipp, Kevin O'Shea, Chris Scharmen, Michael Wilcoxen
Robot Teammate & The Accidental Party is a musical comedy troupe programmed to entertain humans. Activated by audience suggestions, the Robots create completely improvised shows featuring polyphonic music, inventive lyrics, and fantastical narratives faster than you can say 011011011.
Since 2012, LA-based musical comedy collective ROBOT TEAMMATE has entertained and inspired audiences with their otherworldly improvised musicals at venues such as UCB, Nerdist, Westside Comedy, LA ComicCon, and on a weekly live stream show on Geek & Sundry Twitch.TV. The singy-song automatons set a world record in 2014 for most consecutive cage match wins after 86 weeks of competition at iO West, and have since kept the bots on the road, teaching and performing regionally, including a "Best in Fest" run at the San Diego Improv Festival 2016. With their powers combined, they've created three award-winning scripted musicals based off of their improvisations, TIMEHEART, THUG TUNNEL, and TURBULENCE!, winner of Best Musical, Best World Premiere, Outstanding Songwriting and the Critics Choice Award at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
CAST: Sam Johnides, Kat Primeau, Molly Dworsky, Dave Reynolds
Bookends: A Musical Journey is a bi-coastal Improvised Musical Theatre duo made up of long time improvisors and Un-Scripted alums Diana DiCostanzo and Clay Robeson. Diana DiCostanzo is currently a NYC based actress, improvisor, and singer/songwriter and Clay Robeson is a SF based improvisor. They first met performing with the Un-Scripted Theatre Company in 2011 and bonded playing leading roles one night in a Dickensian Musical inspired by “A Little Mermaid”. Though now on both sides of the country, they have formed this brand new duo to continue the task of bringing cutting edge, dramatic, improvised Musical Theatre to audiences everywhere. Their show, “Bookends: A Musical Journey” is inspired by Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years” and tells the story (exclusively through song) of two characters whose timelines criss-cross through time. The audience helps establish the given perameters of the characters' relationship and the cast fills in the rest!
CAST: Diana DiCostanzo & Clay Robeson
American Immigrants (formerly HUGE) is an improvised musical evening featuring two improvisers, two guitars and infinite possibilities. American Immigrants takes an audience suggestion and spins it into a brand new song on the spot, then creates scenes based off of that song. It's long form improvisation with guitars.
CAST: Anthony Veneziale & Vivek Venugopal
All That Jazz! creates fully improvised, Broadway style musicals on the spot, based on an audience suggestion. Our stories are set in the great Jazz Era of the 1920s to 1950s, including costumes, jazz music, original improvised songs, and spur of the moment dance numbers!
The members of All That Jazz came together to perform in the Bay Area Theater Sports (BATS) Cavematch competition in 2013, and loved working together so much, that we formed an ongoing troupe. We love singing, dancing, and improvising! In addition, most of our troupe members also play instruments, and we often incorporate that into our shows! No two shows are ever alike, so you can always be assured of a fun story that is full of surprises. Come on out and join our guys and dolls as we tear up the stage--it's the CAT'S MEOW!
CAST: Yael Schy (Director), Dana Cory (Producer/Publicist), Jon Zimmerman, Pamela Hawley, Melissa Dinwiddie, Derek Cochran (Special Guest), Jacob Russell-Snyder (Accompanist)
An evening with a lady who isn't to be forgotten. Phil Lunn Is… a cabaret singer, created for this one performance. Entirely improvised songs and entirely improvised conversation, all inspired by the audience. "The star of the festival" — Sirp Magazine, Estonia
CAST: Phil Lunn
Creatures of Impulse is a teen improv troupe made up of youth ages 14-18. They perform all kinds of improv, but mainly focus on long-form, narrative improv (plays without a script).
In 2012, The Creatures of Impulse teen improv program was awarded the California Park and Recreation Society’s “Creating Community Award of Excellence” in youth development, being recognized not only for providing an innovative means of connecting youth in the community, but for its work in cross-generational programming and youth-to-youth arts education. Along with performing five main stage shows each season at the Firehouse Arts Center, Creatures of Impulse has been the only troupe to represent The State of California at the Teen Comedy Festival four years in a row from 2010 to 2013 and is the youngest troupe to perform at the New York Musical Improv Festival to date.
CAST: Megan Farrell, Matt Bessiere, Olivia Jones, Charlotte Kirk, Emma Reddy, Jared Sigman
Un-Scripted Theater Company® is one of a handful of theater companies specializing in theatrical improvisation. Theatrical improvisation emphasizes acting, truthful, grounded characters, believable relationships, and uses narrative structure to tell a story. Theatrical improvisation is usually funny, but it's just as likely to be serious, thought-provoking, and touching.
Un-Scripted will bring its unique narrative longform style to create a never-before-seen musical. Bringing contemporary musical theatre styles to the stage, Un-Scripted delights with heartfelt harmonies in an engaging story.
CAST: Derek Cochran, Michael Fleming, Melissa Holman-Kursky, Molly Robertson, Vanessa Speed
We are classically-trained singers/improvisers, performing long-form improvised operas in different styles (including classical, pop, rock, jazz), based on audience-suggestions, the whims of our accompanist, and each other's offers.
Why Operavised? "Opera" means different things to different people, but to us, it's musical-theater with the emphasis on the music. We avoid spoken dialog, instead using the traditional recitative/aria format, where the recit moves the story along and the catchy, melodic, arias highlight our characters' emotions. We learned this format by studying the classics: from Mozart to Puccini to Sondheim to Rent. We don't know which genre we'll sing until we're singing it, but once we start singing, we know we're at our best.
CAST: Katherine Ahern, Craig Gaspian, Rebecca Castelli, Michael Fleming, Liz Garfinkle
Did you know Flash Mob Musical (FMM) came together as a practice group after taking one musical improv class? We loved getting our feet wet with musical improv that much!
Based in San Francisco, Flash Mob Musical was formed in 2015. Under the direction of Angela Perez, we grew from our humble beginnings as a practice group into a musical montage performance team. In 2016, after a 5 week run at Thunderdome Cage Match with Endgames Improv, we were offered a regular bi-weekly show at StageWerx Theatre.
Flash Mob Musical uses an audience member's suggestion of a favorite song lyric to inspire a montage of scenes and songs made up entirely on the spot. There may be games. There may be call-backs. There may even be musical reprises, but absolutely no narrative!
CAST: Amalia Aquino, Shawn Brick, Dustin Clingman, Kate Dramstad, Aimee Lucido, James Liu, Olivia Puera, Rico Roque, Debra Schifrin, Mithra Vankipuram
Stemming from Tara Copeland's musical improv school in Los Angeles (Her first Los Angeles class), Meaningful Touch has played and grown together for the last 4 years. They currently run the only indie Musical Improv show in Los Angeles, the Coconut Club, thats an opportunity for all musical improv teams and teams that want to give musical improv a shot to come together and perform. Meaningful Touch loves each other and can't wait to share that love with you!
CAST: Chris Corbin, Vinnie Duyck, Danny Cymbal, Matt Flanzer, Rian Kountz