Day: May 11, 2014

May 16th/17th: Harold Night! Sketch Review! Local Legends with Jenna Tamisiea!

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Friday May 16th

7:30PM – Harold Night and Hardworking Men doing Hardworking Improv ($8)

One of Alchemy’s goals is to connect the Greenville improv community with the larger world of improvisational comedy. Originally created by one of the founders of modern improv in Chicago, the Harold dates back to the 1960s and has maintained status as one of the oldest and most popular improv formats. Alchemy Comedy’s Harold Night is a showcase of Alchemy’s Harold team and this week also features a performance by Hardworking Men doing Hardworking Improv. According to a fax from Rutherford Shackleford and Bogg Schmidt, “our show is scientifically engineered to get people laughing but also thinking but also thinking about workin ‘hard [sic].”

9:00PM – Local Legends with stories from Jenna Tamisiea ($10)jenna-tamisiea

At Friday’s 9 o’clock show, stories from a guest inspire scenes from the all-star cast of Local Legends. This week, see scenes based on the stories from the co-founder and artistic director of GLOW, Jenna Tamisiea. Jenna has her BFA in acting and her MFA in directing, and has performed and directed both musical and straight theater with companies across the South and Southeast, including Greenville’s own Centre Stage. Her theatre company GLOW was founded in 2010 and stands for Greenville Light Orchestra Works. The 2014 season will feature performances at the Peace Center’s Gunter Auditorium including Rent and La Bohème. Since her true stories inspire the show, there’s a high likelihood of some amateur opera-singing.


Saturday May 17th

7:30PM – Dual Duel: Competitive Improv Comedy  ($8)

This Saturday’s 7:30pm show is Alchemy Comedy’s players in Dual Duel. Two duos in a head-to-head comedy competition for points and your laughs. There will be a few familiar games like those featured on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, as well as some Alchemy originals. In this week’s show it’s Ben and Andrew on the Blue Team vs Brad and Miguel on the Red Team. Come out and help decide who walks away a victor, and who simply walks away. You may have seen improv games before, but since it’s all made up on the spot, you’ve definitely never seen this show!

9:00PM – Sketch Review: Randomized Sketch Comedy ($10)

At 9 o’clock on Saturday is the premier of our new house sketch comedy team, Sketch Review! Sketch Review is a make-shift sketch comedy show. Although all the sketches are written and rehearsed beforehand, the order is decided at random by that night’s audience. Every show features new sketches and (of course) a new order. Some pieces are poignant and some are political. Some are serious and some are absurd. Some are musical and some are silent. It’s everything you would expect from a formal sketch revue, but in review!

Drop-in Class on 2nd Wednesday of Month

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click here to register now!If you’re currently doing improv and want another opportunity outside of classes to learn and practice improv skills, or if you have never taken a class with Alchemy and would like to try it out, we’re excited to offer our monthly Improv 001 workshops.

Improv 001 is the opportunity to learn from the experience of Alchemy’s top instructors alongside other students and performing members of Alchemy Comedy. They are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Go here to register for the next class.

Admission to the workshop is $25. If this is your first Improv 001 workshop, that $25 can be later counted as a discount toward the full cost of one of our 6-week Improv 101 classes. The price is only $10 if you have taken classes with Alchemy before, but are not a member of the theater. Here’s some information about the training center and the class instructor:

The school manager Harrison Brookie is a trained educator who has spent several years teaching public high school. He was also a resident instructor under Zach Ward at the DSI Comedy Theater in NC, which has heavily inspired our style and curriculum. Ever since then Harrison has served as the Artistic Director of the Alchemy Comedy Theater. The monthly Improv 001 workshops are taught by Assistant Artistic Director Ben Burris. Having been in a directing position in Clemson’s improv comedy group and the Alchemy Comedy Theater, Ben is a skilled instructor with an eye for scenes and a knack for fun!

Topics range from ways to collaborate and agree to how to think like a character. If you’re brand new to improv comedy or have been performing in a rut, come on by. The workshop is from 6:30-9:00pm. There is no comedy or theater experience necessary, it is encouraged for people to show up early and hang out after.

This class is designed to be challenging to experienced improvisers while still approachable to beginners. You can register for the class online. If you have any questions call (864) 256-1467 or fill out this form and we’ll contact you!

July 12th: Dual Duel and Local Legends with Andy Roark

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8:00PM – Dual Duel: Competitive Improv Games ($5)

This Friday’s 8pm show is Alchemy Comedy’s players in Dual Duel. Two duos in a head-to-head comedy competition for points and your laughs. There will be a few familiar games like those featured on the show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, as well as some Alchemy favorites.  In this week’s show it’s Andrew and Griffin on the Blue Team vs Miguel and Andy on the Red Team. Come out and help decide who walks away a victor, and who simply walks away. You may have seen improv games before, but you probably haven’t seen it like this!

9:30PM – Local Legends with stories from Dr. Andy Roark, DVM($8)Roark

At 9:30 stories from a guest inspire scenes from the all-star cast of Local Legends. This week, see scenes based on the stories of Dr. Andy Roark, DVM. Andy is not only one of the best veterinarians in town, but one of the “25 Veterinarians to Watch in 2013″ according to Veterinary Practice News. And you’ve got plenty of opportunities to watch him between speaking at major conferences around the country, monthly shows at a local improv theater, or in his comical but educational videos regularly featured on the pet-care site Vetstreet. Dr. Roark has several papers and articles around the web (including one on the front page of Yahoo!), and somehow still finds time to manage his very popular Facebook page that seemlessly blends pet information and humor. This Friday at 9:30 you can hear this busy man tell true stories of his life to inspire a full hour of improv as this week’s Local Legend.

Kids, Youth, and Adult Summer Comedy Camps

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Summer Classes

Alchemy Improv Comedy is committed to teaching the art of improv comedy throughout the Greenville area. Whether you or your student are interested in performing or simply working on communication and collaboration skills for the real world, these comedy classes are for you! There is no comedy or theater experience necessary, so classes are not divided by experience, but by age. Here are the 3 summer classes are offer:

Kids Improv 101 (Ages 8-11): Here students will learn the basics of our Improv 101 class specifically tailored for kids. Improv 101 is an introduction to improvising a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of agreement, relationship, character, and environment. This class runs Monday-Friday June 24th-28th, 12:30pm-3:30pm. There will also be a student showcase on the final day of class.
You can register here.

Youth Improv 101 (Ages 11-14): Here students will learn the basics of our Improv 101 class specifically tailored for youth. Improv 101 is an introduction to improvising a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of agreement, relationship, character, and environment. This class runs Monday-Friday June 24th-28th, 12:30pm-3:30pm. There will also be a student showcase on the final day of class.
You can register here.

Adult Improv Intensives (Adults only): Here students will learn the basics of our improv classes. The first level will focus on the fundamentals of agreement, relationship, character, and environment as well as scene pattern recognition, creation, and heightening. This class runs Saturday, June 8th, 9:00am-5:00pm.
You can register here (We also offer our regular 6 week adult classes). There will be an intensive Improv 201 the following week.

The instructor, Harrison Brookie, is a trained educator who has spent several years teaching public high school. He was also a resident instructor at the DSI Comedy Theater in NC, which has heavily inspired our style and curriculum. He is currently the executive producer and artistic director of AlchemyImprov Comedy in Greenville, SC. If you have any questions please feel free to contact him by email at Harrison@GreenvilleImprov.com or by phone at 864-256-1467.