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December 25, 2012 > Ring in the New Year with Made Up Theatre

Ring in the New Year with Made Up Theatre

By Gustavo Lomas

The company was created in 2011 by a group of five friends who were doing improv shows in San Jose at the time, and wanted to have more freedom and give themselves and their talents a greater range. Although only four of the original five remain with the company, it is still a great and sometimes challenging experience for all who participate.

"It was a rough and slow start at first. We originally had started with the idea in 2010 but it didn't become real until January of 2011," said Sean Taylor, one of the co owners, founders, and main stage performers of the group. "We started off doing shows where we could. We did one at Ohlone, one at Las Positas College in Livermore and a few shows at local high schools. We really just wanted people to experience improv because it wasn't, and still isn't, very well known. Especially here in Fremont," Taylor added.

Made Up Theatre has been growing and gaining a substantial amount of attention since their arrival. Not only do they bring a new source of theater to the city of Fremont via improv and sketch comedy shows, but also offer improv classes to the public for those who wish to dive into something new.

"The theater is a small stage area but that makes it better because it allows us to hear our audience's suggestions. So it is more intimate while at the same time allows people who have not been to an improv show to get involved and become part of the experience at their own pace," said Taylor. "With our classes we have instructors come from all over, different states and parts of California as well. We encourage people to break out of their shells and are very positive and supportive in the process. Anybody can come to a class, people who want to learn improv as a possible career or people who simply want to learn how to be better in public speaking."

This year, a new cast member is joining the on stage ensemble, a young lady who was once a student in the classes but has showed great improvement and skill within the last year. The 2013 performers will be Sean Taylor, Bobby August, Dustin Seidler, Ben Stephens (all original members) and the up and coming Karin Plow with musical improv support from Min Kahng on the keyboard.

Made Up Theatre has a New Year's Eve show on December 31 and will be celebrating their 100th show on Saturday, January 5. The New Year's Eve Show features the formats from Five Play Improv, the long form style of improv, showcasing a fully improvised movie/play; and Laugh Track City which features the short form style of improv similar to Whose Line Is It Anyway? The show will run until about 10 p.m. giving audience members enough time to get to their night's final destination. There will be snacks, drinks, a special interactive toast, and a raffle. General admission is $25, but you can buy tickets online for a discounted rate of $20.

Made Up Theatre's 100th Show is a special milestone celebration and will feature the formats from Five Play Improv and Laugh Track City. Some nice surprises will also be thrown in! General Admission is $10.

Tickets for all shows can be bought online at Shows may contain adult content and themes and are not recommended for a younger or sensitive audience. Suggested age is 16 and up.

New Year's Eve Show
Monday, Dec 31
8 p.m.
Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct., Fremont
(510) 573-3633
Tickets: $20 online, $25 at the door

100th Show
Saturday, Jan 5
8 p.m.
Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct., Fremont
(510) 573-3633
Tickets: $10

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