For Immediate Release, June 27,2016
Firecracker! Explodes on Improv Scene
(Vancouver BC) – Firecracker (n): 1) frequently used to describe women who are not afraid to speak their mind, and will often do so. 2) one who is exciting, unpredictable, tough, hard-nosed, and free living; a very intense or lively person.
Watch out Vancouver as Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTSL) lights a fuse to Vancouver’s improv comedy scene shattering what is presently (and has been historically), a male-dominated art form. Starting Thursday, July 21 and running every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m., VTSL presents Firecracker – Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. “One of VTSL’s mandates is to increase the diversity in our company, and in the improv world,” states Executive Director Jay Ono. “I am very proud of the fact that VTSL’s ensemble includes very strong female improvisers. In addition, almost 50 percent of our Rookie League and Improv Comedy Institute (ICI) are women. This is an exciting time for the development of the art form thanks to these amazing improvisers – they rank among the best anywhere.”
Firecracker! is inspired by the success of an earlier VTSL experimental production, called Girl Jam. Created by VTSL ensemble member and ICI Director Margret Nyfors, Girl Jam ran for eight shows in the fall of 2015. “We had such an incredible response to this innovative format that I wanted to expand upon it by creating a feature show.” says VTSL Artistic Director Denise Jones. “It’s a different improv experience with an all-female cast, resulting in stories told from a uniquely female perspective. The ensuing comedy is inventive, unpredictable and uproarious. These ladies bring great energy to their performances and deliver a truly unique improv experience.”
Through the medium of improv comedy, Firecracker! will explore what it means to be a woman in Vancouver with audience suggestions inspiring the improvisers’ wicked wit.
Inaugural shows will honour a special female guest whose stories of their life, work and achievements will inspire the performance. We are delighted to have the following guests join us for these performances:
July 21: Rebecca Bollwitt – Miss 604, Blogger/Social Media Maven,
July 28: Cassandra Anderton – Good Life Vancouver, Wine/Food Writer, Life-style Commentator
August 11: Sadie Campbell – Singer, songwriter
August 18: Burgundy Brix – Burlesque entertainer
August 25: Beverley Elliott – Actress, ‘Granny on ABC’s hit series Once Upon a Time
Sept.1: Morgan Brayton – Comedienne, CBC’s The Debaters , Girls Like Me
Subsequent performances may not always include special guest. However, all will celebrate the fun and foibles of female life in early 21st Century Vancouver.
As in all VTSL productions, audience suggestions about the show’s theme will play an integral role in determining and driving the improvised action.
Firecracker! Dynamite ladies. Explosive comedy. Opens July 21 and runs every Thursday evening at 9:15 p.m. at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets, priced at only $10 at the Box Office (slightly higher online) are on sale now
Morgan Sommerville, Serena PR