SCREAM for your team as some of Perth’s leading improvisers face each other down in the 2013 Theatresports grand final on December 1.
With improv rookies and veterans battling it out for the coveted WA Theatresports Championship Cup at the Mount Lawley Bowling Club, it’s a family-friendly show as they act out scenes and scenarios on the spot, inspired by audience suggestions.
The event, directed by Just Improvise’s Chris Bedding and Esther Longhurst, is supporting Parkerville Children and Youth Care and calls on people to make Christmas gift donations.
Various raffle prizes are on offer – including a helicopter ride and garden consultation from ABC celebrity gardener Sabrina Hahn.
“This season there have been players with more than 20 years’ experience and those who have never played before but, together, audiences and players have created a vibe that’s supportive, joyful and hungry for fun,” Just Improvise creative director Glenn Hall said.
“Whether umpiring, playing in a team or standing at the back of the room to watch, it's been a thrill to watch an audience of big and little kids have the same sense of awe I did when I saw my first Theatresports show in Perth almost 30 years ago.”
After recently returning from an international conference for Theatresports licence-holders in Germany, Hall is excited to perform the show at home again.
"It was an incredible opportunity to play in, judge and host Theatresports shows in Würzburg, as well as working alongside some first-generation disciples of Theatresports creator Keith Johnston, who helped him create and refine the games on which so many competitive improv shows are based,” he said.
“To share ideas with companies that were the first to ever perform Theatresports 30 years ago is a special connection to have because it's very much an international community.
“I'm excited to be bringing some of that history back home – it's important to remember where we came from while on our improv journey, remembering our roots."
Mount Lawley Bowling Club manager Rose Lenzo added: “Theatresports is a really terrific fit for us because the shows have been brilliant and packed out.
“It’s a great way to spend a Sunday with your family, trying your hand at lawn bowls, enjoying the sausage sizzle and then getting plenty of laughs with the main show.”
Director Chris Bedding, also providing music for the grand final, is on the board of Parkerville Children and Youth Care.
“The organisation has been taking risks and inventing creative responses since Sister Kate arrived 110 years ago and set up its foundations,” he said.
“Every day, staff face the unknown with good humour in order to protect vulnerable children.
“Theatresports is the ideal way to celebrate what they do and raise funds to continue their work."
Improv teams taking to the stage this December include Manfred Yon and Tegan Mulvany, Adelaide Buchanan and Michael Breeze, Glenn Hall, Sal Briggs and Chris Ratcliffe, Brianna Williams, Chantelle Magnus, Sophie Hawkins and Hannah Rice and Jessica Messenger, Lance Magnus and Shane Adamczak with Esther Longhurst and Neil Barnard as MCs.
The 2013 Theatresports grand final starts 5pm, Sunday, December 1 – tickets are $15 if providing a Christmas gift or $25 if not. Book at www.trybooking.com/DPTC.
All profits and gifts will be donated to the Parkerville Children and Youth Care Christmas appeal.
A pre-show bowl and sausage sizzle starts at 4pm. Door sales only available if the show has not sold out beforehand.
The Mount Lawley Bowling Club is on the corner of Storthes and Rookwood Streets, Mount Lawley.
Just Improvise has been producing live scripted and unscripted theatre to popular and critical acclaim since 2000 and holds the WA licence for the Theatresports format.
The company also provides training and entertaining, for business and pleasure, using the philosophy and skills of improvisation for workplace programs and professional development and inspirational courses for the public.
Silver Belles: Chantelle Magnus, left, Sophie Hawkins, Hannah Rice and Brianna Williams make up the Silver Belles, one of the improv teams competing in the 2013 Theatresports grand final.
Santa's Second Choice Reindeers1-2: Sal Briggs, left, and Just Improvise creative director Glenn Hall are competing in the 2013 Theatresports grand final as Santa's Second Choice Reindeers.
MCs: Neil Barnard, left, and co-director Esther Longhurst are on hand to MC the 2013 Theatresports grand final at the Mount Lawley Bowling Club.
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