FST improv Out of bounds match-up is back
(Sarasota, FL) It’s that time again to laugh out loud and stretch those funny bones. Back by popular demand, FST Improv returns on October 18 and runs through January 3, 2015 with the classic game show, Out of Bounds Match-up. Performances will be held every Saturday at 7:30pm. Full menu and bar are available. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from the FST Box Office in person, by calling (941) 366-9000, or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.
Summer’s over and the Fall is here. It’s that time when the leaves change and the air is crisp. Wait, just kidding, this is Florida. It’s that time when it still feels exactly like summer. At FST, it’s the time to brush up on your loudest laugh and have a great Saturday night. Due to the popularity of this past summer series, Bowne’s Lab will once again be filled with the sounds of knee slapping, accidental snorting, and involuntary swatting of the person sitting next to you. After all, these are common symptoms of audience members experiencing FST Improv.
In Out of Bounds Match-Up, two teams take the stage to duke it out for the most laughs. Taking audience suggestions, the FST Improv cast will twist and turn them into something hilarious. Who will win the duel of fools? You get to decide as they battle it out.
FST Improv Founder and Managing Director, Rebecca Hopkins shared her excitement for the return of this beloved game show. “Out of Bounds Match-Up is a show we developed last summer taking our classic game show and turning up the heat. The audience was so enthusiastic this summer watching the Improvisers they love go head to head using the scenes pulled randomly from the bucket. No one, not even the performers, knew what would happen next. We knew we wanted to open the season with this show. It will be a great way to start what promises to be an exciting season of Improv!”
Half of this clever, comedic cast has shared the stage for the last eight seasons of FST Improv. Does a person become funnier the longer you know them? Original cast member, Christine Alexander, imparts her wisdom on the subject stating, “It’s like being in a relationship working with the same people for over 8 years. We know each other so well we don’t even have to talk – we can see what each other means. It’s powerful. I also love working with the new members of the troupe. They make me a better player.”
Returning cast member, Steve Turrisi, further commented on why FST Improv has remained a Sarasota staple for 13 seasons stating, “We know each other well. We laugh at ourselves with the audience at every show, and we also don’t use bad language to get laughs.”
Back for another season of witty weekend hilarity are returning cast members: Rebecca Hopkins, Christine Alexander, Patrick A. Jackson, Joey James, Darryl Knapp, Emily Levin, Katelyn McKelley, Angel Parker, Adam Ratner, and Steve Turrisi.
There is a certain amount of cast bonding as well that helps to foster those funny moments on stage each night. Returning cast member, Patrick A. Jackson stated, “Before every show, we snap a straw. I know that sounds silly, but that’s just the point. It takes our minds off of the nerves and the audience. It gets us ready to play. What I love about Out of Bounds Match-Up is that anything can happen. We don’t know what games we’re playing or who is going to be on stage in the game. We have to trust the audience and live in the moment. We have to truly…play.”
FST Improv performances of the classic game show, Out of Bounds Match-up will begin on October 18 and run through January 3, 2015. Performances will be held every Saturday at 7:30pm. Full menu and bar are available. Doors open one hour prior to the show. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from the FST Box Office in person, by calling (941) 366-9000, or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.
About Florida Studio Theatre
Known as Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded in 1973 by Jon Spelman. Starting out as a small touring company, FST traveled to places such as migrant camps and prisons. The company eventually settled down into a permanent home, acquiring the former Woman’s Club building – now renamed the Keating Theatre. In the years that followed, Florida Studio Theatre established itself as a major force in American Theatre, presenting contemporary theatre in its five theatre venues: the Keating Theatre, the Gompertz Theatre, the Goldstein Cabaret, the John C. Court Cabaret, and Bowne’s Lab Theatre.
Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience. Under Richard Hopkins, Artistic Director and CEO, FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world. As FST grows and expands, it continues to provide audiences with challenging, contemporary drama and innovative programs.
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AMERICAN PIE – December 31 – April 23
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OUT OF BOUNDS MATCH UP – October 18 – January 3
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