Saturday, June 21, 2014

Almost July....


It's officially summer!  Apparently Maine didn't get the message as it was in the low 50's last night.  So cold!

We're almost to the beginning of our busy season.  The Fourth of July marks the start of high season.  We have two shows every night but Sunday on which we only have one.   It also means that we have a full roster of performers so we'll be up to four or five actors for the rest of the season.

I was asked to present the Acadia Arts Achievement Award this year.  Sherry & Ivan Rasmussen were the recipients.  I gave a little speech and they got a big rock with the word ART carved on it.  This is the fifteenth year this award has been in existence.  Sherry & Ivan were instrumental in the creation of the Acadia Arts Achievement Award so it was wonderful to see them receive it.  Congrats to them!

We had the deck painted at our cabin.  I love it!

Next week, we'll have our second rental!  We have quite a few rentals but there's still room in our schedule so if you need a place to stay......come here!

In other exciting news, Amy Roeder is moving to Maine.  Amy has been an ImprovAcadia cast member for 10 of our 11 years.  She is going to be the Educational Outreach Director at Penobscot Theater in Bangor, ME.  We're so happy that she's going to be living here!

~ J

Thursday, June 5, 2014

ImproVision is Seven


We're in our second full week.  So far we've done eleven shows, one workshop and had one family rent our cabin.

Today the third actor of the season arrives.  He is the third of twenty-five.

So far we're only doing one show a night but soon we'll start adding 10pm shows until we have a 10pm show every night but Sunday.

This weekend brings COA Graduation and the first ImproVision of this season.  ImproVision is a collaboration with Reel Pizza that we've done for the last seven years.  Basically they pick out a terrible B movie, we get a barebones breakdown (i.e. a man enters at 2 minutes, a woman in pink is in one scene); and then we find out what the movie is when you the audience does, the movie is shown without sound and we improvise a new storyline and a soundtrack for the movie based on an audience suggestion.  The audience suggestion is given via a Wheel of Styles which is spun by one lucky audience member.

The movies are truly terrible, "classics" like Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Frogs and Attack of the 50ft Woman.  We give the movie a whole new storyline and even a new theme song.

The posters for the show are very popular.  They are awesome.  I wish I had a pic of one but I don't.  The artist who makes them uses images like this but with great taglines like, "Like a Wet Primordial Slap of Comedy!"

The Seventh season of ImproVision starts this Friday at 11pm at Reel Pizza.  You can get tickets at the Reel Pizza box office.  Take a nap and then come to the show!