Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Silverbacks to offer Multi-Level Improv Courses starting this June!

Steve Benelli and Sarah Mikayla Brown of Silverbacks Improv Theatre
In response to the interest of the community, Silverbacks Improv Theatre in collaboration with Theatre 810 will begin offering a regular serving of improv classes, starting this June. In this first session, members of Silverbacks Improv Theatre will offer two options for classes, Improv 1 and Improv 2.

Improv 1 is an entry-level course that will be equally relevant to those who are interested in performing improv, and those are simply looking to think outside the box and have some fun. Teacher Sarah Mikayla Brown will teach improv fundamentals in a laid-back environment. Improv comedy is a great way to exercise the brain and to learn effective brain storming and communication skills.

Teacher Sarah Mikayla Brown is a Lafayette native and ULL graduate who went on to live in Chicago and found the Chicago Fringe Festival, as well as study improvisation at the Annoyance Theater. Now living in Lafayette, she is a member of two professional ensembles, Acting Up! in Acadiana and Silverbacks Improv Theatre. She is the co-creator of the popular play, “Cajun Face.”

Improv 2 is intended for those who have taken an introductory lesson in improv in the past, or who have had equivalent experience. This class will focus on teaching students how to build characters and to begin on the skills needed to create improvised scenes. Improv 2 will be taught by Steve Benelli.

Benelli is a native of New Orleans but has been living in Lafayette since 1998 when he became a founding member of the UL-Lafayette based improv troupe, Cult of the Stage Monkey – Lafayette. He served as a longtime director of COSM before resigning that post a few years ago prior to becoming a founder of Silverbacks Improv Theatre. Steve is also a musician and is a member of the pirate band, The Whiskey Bay Rovers.

Silverbacks Improv Theatre (Lafayette, LA) mixes special improvised brews for audiences across the U.S. Favorite improv creations include Film Noirs, 90's Sitcoms, and Sci-Fi's. The Silverbacks are always energetic, nerd-tastic, and not afraid of costumes. The Silverbacks consists of members who have trained and performed in places as far as Mississippi, Texas, Illinois, California, and D.C. with a combined total of over 50 years of improv experience. Silverbacks Improv Theatre performs monthly at Theatre 810 and for Lafayette’s 2nd Saturday Art Walk at Cité des Arts.

Registration is available through Eventbrite. Space is limited, so sign up to secure your spot today!

1. Improv 1 – A Silverbacks Improv Class in Collaboration with Theatre 810 (Teacher Sarah Mikayla Brown)
Dates: June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27
Time: 10am – 12pm
Ages 16+
Register by Calling Theatre 810 at (337) 484-0172 or at: https://improvlevel1.eventbrite.com

2. Improv 2 – A Silverbacks Improv class in Collaboration with Theatre 810 (Teacher Steve Benelli)
Dates: June 6, June 13, June 20, June 27
Time: 2:30 – 4:30pm
Ages: 16+
Register by Calling Theatre 810 at (337) 484-0172 or at: https://improvlevel2.eventbrite.com/

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Acting Unlimited invites YOU to audition for The Addams Family: A New Musical!

Acting Unlimited will hold auditions for The Addams Family (the musical) on May 16, 17, and 18 at Theatre 810 (810 Jefferson St., Lafayette, LA). Saturday auditions will be held 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and auditions on Sunday and Monday will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Those auditioning must prepare one minute of a musical theatre song, will be asked to read scenes from the script, and will be taught a dance combination. No accompanist will be available.

Performances of the production will be August 7 to 16, Friday through Sunday at Burke Theatre on UL’s campus. Rehearsals will begin in early June. All roles in the musical are available, including all of the quirky Addams family clan: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandma, and Lurch. There are several supporting roles for a young man, a woman in her 40s, and a man in his 50s. The chorus of deceased ancestors can be of any age and any voice range. The production is directed by Travis Guillory.

The Addams Family is a new musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice that opened on Broadway in 2010. The show features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, a teenage girl with a passion for the macabre, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart, “normal” young man from a respectable family. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father, Gomez, an eccentric Spanish patriarch, and begs him not to tell her sultry, aloof mother, Morticia. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's new, all-American boyfriend and his conservative parents. They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky - The Addams Family.

For more information, contact Travis Guillory at trvsguillory@yahoo.com or contact Acting Unlimited at actingunlimitedinc@gmail.com or (337)484-0172.

Join the event on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/1600853486828581/1614846055429324/

Monday, May 4, 2015

Student Performances coming to Theatre 810!

This week, Students from Lafayette Parish will take over downtown, bringing their unique performances and art to the spotlight.

The Student Arts Expo is an annual event designed in increase public knowledge and appreciation of the arts with performances and visual arts exhibits representing nearly every school in the Lafayette Parish School System by students in grades preK–12.

This event is in its 6th year and brings more and more people to Downtown Lafayette every year.

This year, Theatre 810 is proud to host several groups of students. First off, the LPSS Talented Senior Students will take the stage mid-week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015: 6:00pm- Madeline G.
                                   7:00pm- Lillian F.
Friday, May 8, 2015: 7:00pm- Sam F.

3 Seniors. 2 Nights. 1 Theater. The LPSS Talented Program will present two nights of Talented Theatre Senior Shows at Theatre 810. Throughout the school year, these students have collaborated with their peers and teachers to create individual original shows. The shows’ themes vary from Commedia dell’arte, the exploration of conformity, and performing art vs. performance art. Running time will vary between 20-40 minutes per show. Events are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, May 9th, the Student Arts Expo will be going on at various spaces downtown. The Festivities at Theatre 810 will take place from 4-8pm, and are free to the public. The schedule for Saturday, May 9th is as follows:

4:00pm- Paul Breaux Talent Theatre Class

4:30pm- High School Monologues and Scenes

5:00pm- Middle School Monologues and Scenes

6:30pm- “Gone” by Cody Daigle

7:30pm- Film Screenings

The Student Arts Expo is presented by Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette Parish School System and Cox, with support from Downtown Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Silverbacks Improv Theatre celebrates 3 years of spontaneity!

Silverbacks Improv Theatre
will celebrate their 3rd anniversary by offering an Audience Appreciation show tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30pm. Not only is this show FREE for all who attend, but audience members will also be treated to free popcorn and candy! Silverbacks conducted a poll, asking followers what their favorite improv games were, and have used the Top 10 results to make up an evening of crowd-pleasing shortform games.

The origin story of Silverbacks Improv Theatre has its roots in ULL’s Cult of the Stage Monkey. Operating on UL’s campus for over 15 years, Cult of the Stage Monkey featured many of Silverbacks players. Long after graduation, a few of them got together and decided it was time to bequeath the student troop to the students, and to branch off into a professional troupe. Elaine Kibodeaux, Steve Benelli, Andrew Lee, and Rick Manual are all founding members of Silverbacks. They were joined by Sarah Mikayla Brown and Nico Zaunbrecher in 2012, both recent transplants from Illinois. In the past year, Silverbacks were proud to welcome Monique Morton, a Second City trained improviser, back in Louisiana from California. Nominated as “Best Local Live Entertainment” by the Times of Acadiana, the Silverbacks have gained a reputation for fun live performances and always pushing the creative envelope. Recently, the Silverbacks have been asked to perform at neighboring theaters in Houston and Baton Rouge. They hope to continue their wacky improvised journey over the next three years, to even bigger audiences.
Silverbacks Improv Theatre
Wednesday April 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Theatre 810 - 810 Jefferson St. Lafayette, LA 70501
Reservations by email: theatre810@gmail.com

Clockwise from top left: Sarah Mikayla Brown, Elaine Kibodeaux, Steve Benelli,
Monique Morton, Rick Manuel, & Nico Zaunbrecher of Silverbacks Improv Theatre.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Expectation - a theatrical experiment created by Alicia Chaisson

Alicia Chaisson will present EXPECTATION, an original performance by a pregnant mother and her two-year-old at Theatre 810 in Downtown Lafayette April 10 & 11, 2015 at 7:30pm. EXPECTATION is a theatrical exploration of learning to adjust as a means of coping with the complexities of life: motherhood, relationships, work, self-care, and the urge to create. Developed throughout her second pregnancy, Alicia Chaisson will perform at 38 weeks pregnant. The show features her two-year-old daughter, Penelope, whose willingness to cooperate will affect the performance.

Alicia Chaisson is currently a Talented Theatre teacher at Lafayette Parish. She graduated from New York University in 2006, and trained at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, where she worked rigorously in the Creating Original Work program.  She is an almunus of the New York Neo-Futurists, where she was a writer/director/performer.  Mrs. Chaisson served as director and company manager for Nightmare: New York's Most Terrifying Haunted House and box office manager for The Public Theater in New York. Since relocating to Lafayette in 2011, Ms.  Chaisson has been active in the Acadiana theatre scene, directing plays such as AUI’s “Urinetown” and The Compound’s “William and Judith”. She also works as a birth doula with MotherBirth.

Tickets are $8. For reservations, call (337)484-0172

Monday, March 30, 2015

ART to hold open auditions for Cody Daigle's "THE WOMAN'S PART"

THE WOMAN'S PART will open June 19th, 2015
Acadiana Repertory Theatre will return to the stage of Theatre 810 in June with the developmental premiere of  Cody Daigle's "The Woman's Part," but before they can do that, they'll be holding open auditions in a couple of weeks. The following is their description of the show and the parts they're looking to fill, as taken from their facebook event:

"The Woman's Part celebrates women in theatre, both at the dawn of their professional entrance to the business and in today's world. Act One takes place in 1669 London, and follows Aphra Behn, the first professional female playwright, as she brings her first play "Forced Marriage" to the stage. The second act takes place in 2015 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where an all-female theatre company plans to mount "Forced Marriage" in an attempt to save their struggling company. Camaraderie, creativity and compromise face both sets of women artists in pursuit of a life in the theatre.

ART is in need of a woman in her 40s-50s, 2 women in their 30s, and a woman in her mid to late 20s to round out a cast that includes company members and theatre veterans Etienna Wright, Debbi Ardoin, Jody Powell, Erica Jure, John Snyder, and Allen Higginbotham and will be directed by ART Artistic Director, Steven Landry with Gabe Ortego serving as Assistant Director and Logan Hensgens serving as Stage Manager.

Auditions will be April 19th from 2-4pm and April 20th from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Theatre 810. Members of the cast will be there to read with you and sides from the show will be provided. Table work begins in early May and the show will open on June 19th, running for two weekends.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email the director, Steven Landry, at stevenlandry@acadianarep.org.

We look forward to seeing you there!"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Silverbacks Go To The Movies

Silverbacks Improv Theatre enjoys presenting special concept shows such as Soap Operas, Murder Mysteries, and Noirs. This March, the group will expand its repertoire into “Film” territory. The group will begin by improvising three “Trailers” for movies. The audience will then choose which movie they’d like to see, and the performers will deliver a one-act play of the concept.

The audience will also enjoy complimentary popcorn and candy!



Silverbacks Improv Theatre Presents: Silverbacks Go to the Movies
Wednesday March 25, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Theatre 810- 810 Jefferson St. Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
$7 admission, $5 with student I.D.
Reservations by calling: (337) 484-0172

Attending this show will also give you the chance to check out the newly renovated box office and seating area at Theatre 810!