Hello again, friends! Today I bring you word about a new improv troupe happening in residence at the Lamp Theater in Irwin, PA. Introducing (cue drum roll):
Halfway There Improv
You can check them out Friday, February 5 and February 24 at 7:30 at the Lamp Theater! You can check out the Facebook event page for more information!
You know that awesome thing you have to do in the theater business world where you create your own opportunities? A one Mr. Joe Connelly is making it happen for himself and as Joe and I spend entirely too much--I mean, not enough time together, I was able to ask him some questions about his theater experience and his journey to this point. Check out my interview with him below!
So, what is your theater background?
Well, I know for sure I enjoy watching you act. Your comedy chops are great. (Full disclosure: Joe and I actually met doing Love's Labour's Lost at Poor Yorick's Players THEN we did Yo, Vikings! at Stage 62 together. We would like to work together in Boy Gets Girl so if anyone would like to produce/direct that, CALL US!). Was comedy your in to improv?
Having experience like that helps out a lot with starting a brand new improv troupe, I'm sure. I'm sure you wouldn't want to IMPROVISE starting a new company (see what I did there?). (At this point, Joe's eyes roll very far back in his head and I'm not sure he would want to put me on his improv team.) How did you get started at the Lamp Theater?
It sounds like a great match! Having a safe place and being surrounded by people who support you is super important in improv. A lot of actors (myself included (at least, sometimes)) find improv terrifying. Is it scary for you? If so, why in the world would you want to do it?
I find that absolutely terrifying, too! And the time it takes to come back around to the right moment seems like YEARS onstage even though it might only be five seconds! The worst! Has there ever been a moment when a scene has fallen completely flat on it's face?
Understandable. Any fail proof gimmicks?
Absolutely. Physical comedy is ALWAYS funny. ALWAYS.
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Any goals for Halfway There?
Okay, now the really important questions: Do you have a theatrical dream role?
And finally, perhaps the biggest, most important question ever to be asked: best burrito?
Be sure to check them out and support local artists! I can't wait to see them myself!
I am also a huge fan of Joe Connelly, who is also a great photographer and actor and teacher. You can check him out as Dr. Dino in Spinosaurus Encounter! (And you never know who might be wrangling Spiny that day!), and as a gallery presenter throughout the museum. He is also working on his own improv skills at Arcade Comedy Theater so you can see him there as well! And if you ever, EVER need a gif made, he's your guy.