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December 30, 2011 > Improv comedy theatre offers New Year's laughs and a free class

Improv comedy theatre offers New Year's laughs and a free class

Submitted By Bobby August

On Saturday, December 31, laugh in the New Year with Made Up Theatre's special New Year's Eve show. "Our New Year's Eve show will be great for anyone who enjoyed the television program 'Whose Line is it Anyway,'" said Bobby August, one of the directors of Made Up Theatre. " In addition to the show, we'll have desserts, party favors, and a giveaway of fun prizes."

For those unfamiliar, an improvisation show is quite a unique and interactive experience. The actors perform scenes, stories, and musicals completely based on audience suggestions. "We called it Made Up Theatre because everything is made up on the spot," said August.

August has performed improv shows for many years with fellow co-founders Dustin Seidler, Sean Taylor, and Ben Stephens. The four of them opened Made Up Theatre in Fremont just last year and are very proud of what they've accomplished so far. August states, "This past year we've had great shows, and really amazing students. We are so grateful of the tremendous support by our local community." Made Up Theatre even represented Fremont this past August as they were invited to perform in the San Francisco Improv Festival.

In addition to the improv and comedy shows, Made Up Theatre will continue to be a Training Center to learn and practice improvisation. "One of our primary goals is to provide the opportunity for anyone to come down and learn how to improvise," explained August. The cast has years of teaching experience and they have even been trained at the world famous Second City Theatre in Chicago.

Made Up Theatre will be offering a Free Improv Class on Monday, January 2 at 7:30 p.m. "We want to offer a free class to give anyone a chance to learn the basics of this unique art. Improv is a great way to have fun while building skills with creativity, trust, and public speaking," states cofounder Sean Taylor.

For 2012, Made Up Theatre will have live comedy shows every Saturday night at 8 p.m. They offer two different show formats: Laugh Track City and Five Play Improv. In Laugh Track City the actors play improv games and do short scenes, stories, and songs. In Five Play Improv the actors take a suggestion from the audience and then perform a completely improvised play.

The recommended age range for these shows is 16 and up as the performances may contain adult language and situations. "All of our shows are designed for the audience to simply laugh and have a great time with us," said Taylor. "We hope to be able to perform in Fremont for many years to come!"

The special New Year's Eve show will be on December 31 at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets online (December 26 until December 31) for $23, or buy at the door for $25. The free intro to improv class will take place on January 2 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, please visit

New Year's Eve Show
Saturday, December 31
7 p.m.
Free Intro to Improv
Monday, January 2
7:30 p.m.
Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Court, Fremont
(510) 573-3633
New Year's Tickets: $23 or $25

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