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ImprovAcadia offering Bangor shows in March

February 27, 2018
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BANGOR – Back in January, Bar Harbor improv comedy institution ImprovAcadia began offering performances in their new Bangor location, a space at 51 Main Street that they share with Penobscot Theatre Company’s Dramatic Academy.

After a February filled with their weekly Friday Mix ‘n Cagematches and an assortment of interesting one-off performances, IA has announced their offerings for the month of March. They’re doing some different stuff, but one thing remains the same – not only will you see the talents of ImprovAcadia at work, but also those of improvisers from all over the region.

March 2 – Student Teacher

IA co-founder Jen Shepard, who teaches improv in Ellsworth, Bar Harbor and Bangor, will be joined onstage by four of her current students: Ira Kramer, Grace Livingston-Kramer, Laura Montanari and Alek Sayers. With the help of Larrance Fingerhut on piano, these four students will get a rare opportunity to improvise with their instructor. Come find out if the student will become the teacher. The show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.

March 16, 23 & 30 – Harold Club

One of the baseline formats of longform improvisation is known as the Harold. For three Fridays in March, audiences will get to see a variety of randomly assigned teams offer up their respective takes on the classic. Improvisers from all over the region will come to 51 Main and toss their names in the proverbial hat. They’ll then be assigned to an insta-team and take the stage to perform a longform improv show for the audience! Show starts at 8 p.m. and admission is $5

March 17 – Second Banana

Following the success of February’s efforts, Second Banana is returning. This time around, it’ll be Kae Cooney, Jason Preble and Jen Shepard offering up an encore performance of the literary-inspired longform Second Banana. The trio will get a suggestion of a classic book or play and improvise monologues from secondary characters. They’ll then use those monologues as the inspiration for a series of improvised scenes. The show begins at 8 p.m.; admission is $10.

March 31 - ImprovAcadia Plus One

ImprovAcadia welcomes western Maine improv stalwarts Teachers Lounge Mafia to 51 Main for this end-of-the-month performance. Both groups will bring some of their signature improv games to the stage for a one-of-a-kind show. Starring Dan Ryder, Jen Shepard, Jeff Bailey, Kyla Morningstar and Larrance Fingerhut. Things kick off at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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