Thursday, October 16, 2014

Edmonton’s Favourite Improvisers Head to the Suburbs

Rapid Fire Theatre brings their Blazing Improv! to Horizon Stage on November 1

As Edmonton’s premier improvisational comedy troupe, Rapid Fire Theatre has been making audiences of all ages laugh for 33 years. Now they’re taking the laughter on the road and heading just 20 minutes west to Horizon Stage for a one-hour improvised comedy performance that is perfect for tweens, teens, and anyone over the age of 10 with a funny bone. No improvised show is ever the same so if you like to laugh, and laugh, and laugh some more, don’t miss Blazing Improv! on Saturday, November 1, at 4 p.m.

Rapid Fire Theatre produces improvised theatre in a variety of formats including their weekly shows at the Citadel Theatre: Theatresports and Chimprov, the annual international comedy festival: Improvaganza, and their long-form improv festival: BONFIRE, and The Wildfire Festival for junior high and high school students. Rapid Fire Theatre has received several awards, including a special Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for excellence in theatre. It is a company with vision, determination, skill and ambition tirelessly working to enhance the world of improvisation in Edmonton’s vibrant theatre community.

Blazing Improv!  is the perfect show for young people who have outgrown, or will soon outgrow, Horizon Stage’s Family Matinee series. The theatre has always done a great job of entertaining little kids but the 10 – 17 crowd sometimes drops off the radar. And that’s why Horizon Stage is presenting Rapid Fire Theatre. Comedy is cross-generational. It is a safe place for even the grumpiest 13 year-olds to let loose. Rapid Fire’s improvisers will make sure that anyone age 10 and up gets their level of humour. And that means Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa, can cajole their pre-teen or teenager into spending a late afternoon with them and maybe even take them for pizza after.

But adults without kids are still 100% welcome to attend as they too will enjoy the fresh, funny, and fully-improvised games and scenes. The only thing that everyone, regardless of their age, needs to know is that they’re going to chuckle, chortle, giggle, and snort. A lot. And they’re going to be asked to yell out stuff. A lot.  So come ready to shout out your favourite colour, breakfast cereal, room of the house, movie genre, or any other crazy suggestion that the actors request. Come with an open mind, a loud voice, and an empty bladder so that you don’t pee yourself laughing.

Tickets to see Rapid Fire Theatre’s Blazing Improv! at Horizon Stage on Saturday, November 1 at 4 p.m. are $20 for adults, and $16 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre (315 Jespersen Ave) or by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090. Tickets can also be bought online at by clicking on the ‘Tickets’ link.  

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