Young Professionals to present Impulse improv show
Portland's premiere teen improv troupe will present another round of side-splitting, knee-slapping, gasping-for-air performances Jan. 17 through Feb. 2 at the Young Professionals Studio Theater, 1939 NE Sandy Blvd. in Portland.
Directed by Blake Wales, the show features eight members of the Young Professionals (YP) Company at OCT: Emma Fulmer, Sylvia Grosvold, Noah Hansen, Lilia Ireland, London Mahaley, Konner Rudisill, Claire Voilleque and Katie Witteman. Additional support is provided by Eli Carey (assistant director), Riley Holmes (stage manager) and Asher Ross (house manager).
Now in its 13th season, the Impulse troupe continues to develop, grow and entertain.
"The ensemble is unique each year and it's a joy to provide this type of training to the Young Professionals in the company," Wales said. "Improv training is essential for any actor because it refines the muscles we use to tap into the present moment and explore how we tell stories — and this year's Impulse will be nothing short of that."
Wales was a member of the Impulse troupe as a teen and now works as the Acting Academy Associate at Oregon Children's Theatre.
For the first time, Impulse will add a one-time, late night show to its run targeted at teens and adults.
"While it will be fun to cut loose and play to the humor of their peers, I'm excited that they will get the experience, as it isn't as easy as it sounds," said Dani Baldwin, Artistic Director of the YP. "If they pursue comedy in the future, they will be playing to an older audience and need to find the line between what's funny versus what's too far. This allows them to play within that boundary ... and have a lot of fun doing so."
Performances are scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. The show is recommended for ages 7 and up (14 and up on the Jan. 25 9:30 p.m. show). Buy tickets online at octc.org/impulse-2020 or call 503-228-9571.
YP is comprised of dedicated students ages 14-18 who have been selected to participate in a year-long mentoring program where they received advanced training through exposure to a wide range of college-level workshops and professional development. Each season the company presents three shows and other public performances. YP is dedicated to building a supportive community of theater peers, providing them with resources, information and professional on the job experience.
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