The Utility Players Return for Season 13 with Themed Shows at the Sands
RENO, Nev. (February 27, 2017) – The Utility Players, Reno-Tahoe's most popular, homegrown comedy show, return to their stage inside Jester's Theater at Sands Regency for their 13th Season, which runs every Saturday night for 13 weeks at 8pm, beginning March 4th. Their show features 90 minutes of Rated R, short-form improv comedy, in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. With the success of centering all shows in their 12th season around a "theme", they've kept the momentum going with 13 new, weekly themes.
"It's still the same, ridiculously funny show fans love, but, with the addition of themes, it allows us to be more adventurous with our marketing, while at the same time spicing up the live show," explains Director of Marketing and the man behind the creative photoshopping, Derek Armstrong.
Some of this season's themes include the season premiere tribute to "Puberty", in honor of their 13th season, "Censorship" on March 25th, which pokes fun at and digs deep into the role of censorship in our modern culture, and a dark twist on "Mother's Day" on May 13th, with an ode to the film "Psycho" . The full list of themes can be found on the blog page at www.utilityplayerscomedy.com.
Created and hosted by Jessica The Jester Levity, The Utility Players have been playing together since 2009; every improv show is a unique co-creation between The Utility Players and their patrons (only 120 tickets available each show). Tickets for their regular season shows are available at the Sands Regency Box Office, or online at www.sandsregency.com.
"The Utility Players have become family to the Sands. Their show is by far the funniest in town and we look forward to another great season," says Pete McHugh, General Manager of Sands Regency.
Tickets are $15, and the show takes place in the new Jester's Theater, next to the buffet at the Sands. See it once, or see it every week, this side-splitting show is always fresh, always funny, and guaranteed to hit the spot.
Overcoming shyness, finding presence, and enjoying life through play.
3 weeks on Thursdays, beginning 1/19/17 ~~ 7pm-8:30pm @ Jester's Theater inside Sands Regency
In this three week course, we'll be taking a look at the thing we most want to avoid: ourselves. In week 1, we'll be reflecting on some of the beliefs we have about ourselves that keep us from breaking out of that shell, as well as learning to laugh at ourselves through play. We'll also be taking home some basic tools to use throughout the week, so that in Week 2, we can reflect on how implementing those tools made a positive impact in our social interactions. In Week 2 we'll continue the art of play, learn how to fail in front of other people, examine our control issues, and how to use our voice to communicate our fears effectively. In Week 3, we'll be conquering one major fear of ours, whether that's teaching a game or a lesson to the group, delivering a presentation, or performing an artistic piece (like a monologue, spoken word, standup comedy, speech, toast etc.).
ENJOY THIS 3 WEEK COURSE FOR JUST $75!
Sundays, January 15th - February 5th, 5pm-6:15pm
Four workshops to give you the tools to audition better, create characters, delve into meaning and find that emotion.
Have you ever called in sick to school or work when you felt fine? Then you can act! This series of workshops will help you to hone those skills so that you can truly improve as an artist and actor (or just to improve that “sick voice”). This workshop is for every level, and Amanda will work one-on-one with you at the level you feel comfortable with.
From a more confident audition to an in-depth dramatic scene, Amanda will help you every step of the way.
Week 6 of this class is a performance in our theater for your friends and family!
On stage and in life - how to master the art of 'Yes...And'.
December 11th: 3pm-7pm @ Jester's Theater inside Sands Regency
In this class we'll focus on the Art of Mastering the "Yes, and" through a series of confidence building exercises and scene work. The best improvisors are often the performers who truly listen to their partners and tend to be the most generous players on a team. We'll learn to heighten our listening, clear up the true definition of what "Yes, and" really means and we'll learn how to hold on to our initial choices while at the same time accepting the choices made by our partner. This is one of the few classes I teach that includes elements that are easily applied to a performers' life off stage.
Emily is a 12 year veteran of the Chicago stages of Second City and iO. She also has 7 years of coaching teams for a myriad of Chicago stages, along with corporate coaching and teaching at improv festivals.
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