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MIDDLE SCHOOL IMPROV CLASSESCOI Middle School Phase I
Creatures of Impulse is a teen improv troupe made up of youth ages 14-18. They perform all kinds of improv, but mainly focus on long-form, story-based improv (plays without a script).
COI takes an improv-as-theater approach to improv. This means they believe that anything that is done in traditional scripted performances can be done in improv. COI believes that great scene work and playing for real can lead to a fun and diverse improv experience.
When does Creatures of Impulse perform? Creatures of Impulse performs five to six main stage shows per season at the Firehouse Arts Center. Here is their 2014-15 season (COI’s season typically runs September-August):
October: “Nightmare” – Improvised long-form horror
December: “Holiday Shorts – A Long Winter’s Tale: - Holiday themed improv
February: “Improv Face-Off” – Teen Improv Competition
April: “Tri-Valley High: Intergalactic – An Improvised Teen Sci-Fi Musical
May: COI's Annual Spring Trip and Tour - New York City 2015
July-August: “Tri-Valley High: The Series” – A weekly episodic improvised teen soap opera
In addition to their main stage shows at the Firehouse Arts Center, COI performs a series of fundraising shows at the Veterans Memorial Building in Pleasanton. These fundraising shows go to support COI’s touring program. In past years, the touring program has taken COI to Chicago to represent the state of California at the Teen Comedy Festival in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Can I be in Creatures of Impulse?
If you are ages 14-17 and are enrolled in 9th-12th grade, you are welcome to audition for Creatures of Impulse. Auditions are often in the spring before school lets out.
Creatures of Impulse has two different casts. The Main Stage Cast is made up of 10-20 members that must commit to performing and supporting four out of six main stage shows from August thru June. Main Stage Cast members remain members unless they are assessed out at the end of a season, choose to move on, or until they graduate from high school.
The Guest Ensemble cast is made up of 8-20 members that have a more abbreviated commitment level, but have proven to show great passion and talent for long-form and short-form improv. COI Guest Ensemble members carry a one-season term September-August and must re-audition to either maintain their status in the Guest Ensemble, move on to the Main Stage Cast, or acquire Alumni status. Guest Ensemble members are not guaranteed a position in either cast when re-auditioning.
If cast in COI’s Main Stage or Guest Ensemble, members are required to pay a sesonal registration fee in the Fall to cover administrative costs. Typically, fees run $75-$100 per season for Main Stage and $60-$90 for the Guest Ensemble. Members are also required to pay a registration fee for the spring show which often has more program costs associated with the production. Registration fees for the Spring COI show may range from $90-$175 per member depending on production costs.
What can I expect at a COI audition?
You can expect to be taken through a series of improv warm-ups, scenes, and games. Come prepared to move and participate. The COI staff team looks for theatrical performers that can take direction, listen, make bold choices, and know how to make their fellow improvisers look good. COI doesn’t necessarily seek out comedians or class clowns, but performers ready to take risks and get outside their comfort zones.
Can COI perform at my school or special event?
YES! Creatures of Impulse has been lucky enough to perform at private and community events for local non-profits, foundations, and schools. They can perform any improv show for any amount of time from twenty minutes to 90 mintes. We can also perform staff trainings, teambuilding modules, and workshops. Since COI is comprised of high school students, one to two-month lead times for private performances and trainings are appreciated.
COI requests $200-$550 contribution for private engagements depending on length and content. 100% of your payment is considered a donation to COI’s touring program, so it goes straight to supporting the youth in the program. Just call Mark Duncanson at the Firehouse Arts Center at 925-931-4828 to get started.
For more information on Creatures of Impulse, the City’s Teen Improv Program including Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv Camp, contact Mark Duncanson at 925-931-4828.