Last Improv show of the semester should be standing room only.
A high-stakes game of Candyland, a parent-teacher conference
discussing a school mascot attack and William Shatner and Sean Connery together
on Broadway were some of the scenarios suggested by audience members who
attended the last Comedians of the Canyons Improv Show in the spring.
The unscripted fun is sure to continue when the troupe – comprised of students
enrolled in the college’s advanced improvisational performance theatre class – presents
their final improv show of the semester at 8
p.m. on Dec. 6 in Pico Canyon Hall, Room 202.
“Each scene is made up on the spot from audience suggestions,” said Allan
Trautman, a professional actor with dozens of television and movie credits who
is the instructor of the course and the show’s host. The students have “gone
beyond the basics of improv and are ready for their hour before an audience,”
Trautman’s acting credits include the Coen brothers movie “Intolerable Cruelty”
and “Return of the Living Dead,” the 1984 cult classic in which he played the
infamous Tarman and television appearances including “Joan of Arcadia,” “Grounded
for Life” and a Dr. Pepper commercial.
Trautman has also worked as a lead puppeteer and director with the Jim Henson
Company for the past 18 years and is currently appearing in the company’s
improv show “Puppet Up! Uncensored.”
Considering the college’s last improv show held in the spring was enormously
successful, performing to standing-room only crowds, Trautman suggests
attendees arrive early for seats. “The Splash Zone in the front row is
especially fun,” he said.
The show is free and open to the public.