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Life Is Better When You're Laughing

We all love to laugh. Laughing is healing and can make a person feel instantly better. Something that makes me laugh without fail is Improv.

What is improv? There is Short-form and Long-form improv.

The definition of short-form improv is theatre, often comedy, in which most or all of what is performed is unplanned or unscripted: created spontaneously by the performers.

The most famous improv show is "Whose Line Is It Anyway." Starting in Britain in 1988, the show has moved to the US, moved back to Britain, ended, and revived many times. You can stream all episodes on HBO Max. I love the show and started watching it when I was a young child; when I went away to college, I went to the improv shows every Friday night, but it never compared to "Whose Line," and not just because Wayne Brady wasn't performing.

If you haven't seen an episode of "Whose Line Is It Anyway,"Episode check it out...

Comedian Jeff Leeson is known for performing long-form improv for his stand-up comedy shows. Long-form improv is a continuously improvised piece inspired by a suggestion at the start (or a couple dotted throughout the work). However, Jeff doesn't take requests, but he does use the audience. He gets the crowd involved to make his shows more personal and different every time. Jeff will perform at the C.L. Hoover Opera House this Saturday (October 15) at 7 pm. This will be a family-friendly show, but we suggest that ages 14 and up would enjoy and get the most out of this show.

If short-form improv is something you would rather see, or if you want to see both, we will have a FREE, that's right, FREE lobby improv show!

A local group of actors wanted to bring improv to the community, and we jumped at the chance to give them a place to do it. They are going by The Troupe With No Name but are willing to take suggestions from the community after their first show!

The Troupe consists of...

Andrew Liebau - lives in Wakefield, KS, with his wife Betsy and their four kids. Andrew has done many roles with Junction City Little Theater. He played Scrooge in A Christmas Carol and Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher and directed Clue.

Tyler Downey- lives in Junction City, KS, but is originally from New York State. The army brought him here along with his wife Brianna, and they have two beautiful daughters. Tyler organized the first JC Film 48 and Take a Walk to Bethlehem. He was last seen as the telephone repair man in Junction City Little Theater's production of Barefoot in the Park.

Harrison Lamb- lives in Junction City but is originally from St. George, Utah. He moved to JC in 2013 with his wife and has three children. He teaches Spanish and Theater at Chapman High School. He recently played Iago in Othello at the Flint Hills Shakespeare Festival. He has been in many shows with Junction City Little Theater and is a current board member.

Tate Milton- attends college at Kansas State University and lives in Manhattan, KS. He graduated from Chapman High School in 2022. He played many roles in high school and Junction City Little Theater, including Curly in Oklahoma, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Peter in Peter and the Starcatcher, and Mr. Green in Clue.

Renee Toms- lives in Salina, KS, with her husband, Keaten, and her fur babies. She teaches middle school Science and was recently in Kinky Boots at Theatre Salina and worked backstage for The Addams Family. She has also been in Junction City Little Theater productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, and Oklahoma!

And Quincy McKinney as the MC

This show will take place Friday, November 11, at 7 PM in the CL Hoover Opera House Lobby. You will want to get there early to ensure you get a seat. It is first come, first serve.

Come out and laugh with us! You won't want to miss these laugh-out-loud shows at the Opera House!

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