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December 27, 2016 > Laugh your way into the New Year

Laugh your way into the New Year

Submitted By Made Up Theatre

Made Up Theatre, FremontÕs premier improvisational comedy venue, will be showcasing its 5th annual ÒNew YearÕs Eve SpectacularÓ on Saturday, December 31 in celebration of the theatreÕs recent successes in 2016 and its upcoming new show schedule in 2017. The show will feature a double-header with its two main stage shows, Laugh Track City & 5 Play. Laugh Track City is similar to TVÕs ÒWhose Line Is It, Anyway?Ó and incorporates audience suggestions and participation into scenes, games, and musicals, while 5 Play performs a fully improvised short movie based on an audience memberÕs made up title. ÒThis is our most anticipated show of the year,Ó says Made Up Theatre co-owner Sean Taylor. Ò2016 has been regarded as a rough year for many Americans, so this is that time to just forget about reality and indulge in laughter and positivity.Ó

In addition to seeing an interactive comedy show that thrives on audience input, guests will also receive party favors, individual goodie bags, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win some fun prizes. The cast members will also be holding a toast, where guests are invited to say a few words as 2016 draws to its end. ÒThe toast will probably be very interesting this year,Ó laughs Taylor. ÒBut a lot of past toasts from the community have complimented Made Up TheatreÕs growth and success, which has been very humbling. The support we have received over the years has been amazing and encouraging.Ó The New YearÕs Eve SpectacularÕs cast includes Taylor and fellow co-owners, Bobby August, Dustin Seidler, and Ben Stephens. Also, fellow performer Karin Plow will be returning from her new residence in Denver, CO for a special cameo appearance.

The New YearÕs Eve Spectacular also serves as an introduction for 2017Õs upcoming show schedule, which will now contain the hugely popular show Laugh Track City on both Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. In addition, two new 10 p.m. shows will debut in January; Friday Night: After Hours on Friday nights and Genre Play on Saturday nights. Friday Night: After Hours will showcase a new improv format every month.

JanuaryÕs decided format will be ÒImprov Survivor,Ó where five improvised scenes will start the show, and the audience will vote one scene off every round until the victorious scene is decided. Genre Play will feature a new movie genre every month, where the cast will perform an improvised movie based on a title and the monthÕs selected genre.

January will showcase ÒThe Wheel of GenresÓ one last time, where a spinning wheel determines the improvised movieÕs genre. FebruaryÕs selected genre will be ÒRomantic Comedy,Ó in celebration of ValentineÕs Day. ÒThese new shows are exciting for us because theyÕll always be rotating and new, so thereÕs always something different to come back for,Ó says Made Up Theatre co-owner Bobby August. ÒPlus, these 10 p.m. shows are free, so if youÕre tight on money after the holidays, donÕt worry, just come out and laugh.Ó

2016 has been a successful year for Made Up Theatre with the addition of Friday night shows, sold out Thanksgiving and Christmas shows, constantly expanding classes, as well as video content on its YouTube channel. ÒEach year keeps getting better and better,Ó says August. ÒWe are always trying to expand and give the Bay Area new content. 2017 is sure to be another incredible year for our local theatre.Ó Made Up Theatre is also offering a new beginning improv class in January, which teaches the fundamentals of improvisation that help improve confidence and public speaking skills and are a great way to overcome shyness and meet friends.

Tickets are now on sale for the New YearÕs Eve Spectacular at The show will sell out, so guests are advised to buy their tickets in advance. Note: This show may contain adult language and situations that may not be suitable for a young or sensitive audience.

New YearÕs Eve Spectacular
Saturday, Dec 31
8 p.m.
Made Up Theatre
3392 Seldon Ct, Fremont
(510) 573-3633
Tickets: $25 online, $30 general admission

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