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
Flash Mob Musical (San Francisco)
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
Meaningful Touch (Los Angeles)
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