Face-Off 2016: Creatures of Impulse Improv

Posted Tuesday, February 2nd


Face-Off 2016: Creatures of Impulse Improv at Firehouse

9th Season of Teen Improv Games, Scenes, Prizes
Pleasanton, Calif.  Creatures of Impulse, the Bay Area’s popular teen improv troupe, presents Face-Off 2016, in three unique performances.  Each show will feature a different guest ‘opponent’ troupe this year, with participating teams from all over the Bay Area. All shows are at 7:30 p.m. at the Firehouse Arts Center Theater.  FACE-OFF 2016 week schedule:  Thursday, February 18; Friday, February 19; Saturday, February 20.

General admission tickets: students $5, general $10.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at the Firehouse Box Office, 4444 Railroad Avenue in Pleasanton, 925-931-4848, or online at www.firehousearts.org. Box Office hours are Wednesday – Friday 12:00 noon-6:00pm and Saturdays 10:00am-4:00pm, and two hours prior to the performance.  Free parking.

How it works:  Each night Creatures of Impulse “faces-off” with another improv team, performing seven to nine ‘rounds’ per night, with one game or scene per round.  After each round, the teams will present the audience with a “wall of prizes.” An audience member is randomly selected to choose a prize from a performer.  Points are awarded, and the games continue, the goal being to foster interactions between troupes.

Since its founding nine seasons ago, COI has represented the State of California at the Teen Comedy Festival in Chicago four times, toured shows in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, and won the prestigious Creating Community Award of Excellence in Youth Development from the California Park and Recreation Society. And they’re not slowing down any time soon!

Who is COI: “All kinds of teens perform in Creatures of Impulse,” says COI Director Mark Duncanson. “Over the past nine seasons, we have had aspiring actors and musicians, but we also attract teens that have never performed on stage, and don’t even have aspirations of being on stage later in life.  The great thing about improv and its inclusive and supportive ideals is the universal appeal it has…improv is all about listening, supporting, saying ‘yes’ and together creating something from nothing.”

How to get involved:  COI is a performance group for teens in grades 9-12.  Auditions are held in late spring for the fall season.  Also available are improv classes, including comprehensive middle school and high school classes designed to give students a professional performance education in theatrical improvisation. For more information on Creatures of Impulse Improv Troupe, contact Mark Duncanson at 925-931-4828 or mduncanson@cityofpleasantonca.gov

The Firehouse Arts Center is dedicated to inspiring passion through the arts.  The center is comprised of the 227-seat Firehouse Theater, the 2000 square foot Harrington Gallery, classrooms and rehearsal space, the grand atrium lobby, and the famous interior glass bridge.  With world-class performing and visual arts, exciting interactive programs for all ages, and a state-of-the-art venue which opened in 2010, we combine the sophistication of the culturally rich Bay Area arts landscape with the hospitality and intimacy of our own home town.  The Firehouse Arts Center is located at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.  Media:  Jane Onojafe, jonojafe@cityofpleasantonca.gov, or 925-931-4855

Director Mark Duncanson is available for interviews: 925-931-4828, or mduncanson@cityofpleasantonca.gov