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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • River Rats to host Improv Comedy Night

  • River Rats to host Improv Comedy Night
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  • Boonville-Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts Comedy Troupe is back for an encore performance this Friday March 1. So get yourself ready for the unexpected, and a night of spontaneity, fun and laughter. You may remember them from their debut in Boonville last fall. This Friday's show will once again take place under the direction of Rocheport's husband and wife team of Steve Jones and Tracy Crowe Jones. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Cooper's Oak Winery at 327 Main Street in Boonville. And it's all for a great cause. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Boonville Public Library Building Fund.
    The show will include some improvisational games and some self-contained scenes created on the spot similar to what you've might have seen on the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway". "Since the entire show is improvised you'll never see the same show again. A night of hilarity and fun, and who knows, you might get the improv bug yourself. Most people don't realize how hard it is because people that are good at it make it look so easy. One important thing to remember is nothing is planned. After suggestions are taken from the audience there is no talking off stage, no planning of characters, or who is going to say what. Each scene will be taken line by line with the actors reacting immediately to what was just said or done," says Tracy.
    The Jones' are 20 plus year veterans of the stage, and have been involved with improv teaching and performance for the greater part of their 18 year marriage. Professionally, Steve has also performed theatre, and Tracy as a singer. They are familiar faces to area theatergoers through their involvement with the Fayette Area Community Theatre including performing in "Doubt" and "The Diary of Anne Frank". They're excited about how quickly the River Rat performers have honed their comedic skills.
    "The group is very enthusiastic, and have learned their improve skills well," Tracy said.
    "We have a wonderful and diverse group who has been willing to jump in with both feet, and bring tons of energy to the project," adds Steve.
    "Just like last fall's show, Friday's show will be fun and wonderful, and a terrific showcase with familiar faces. It should be a great night to forget about your troubles and have some good belly laughs," according to Steve.
    In keeping with the spontaneity theme, admission is based on the roll of one die. You roll a one and you'll only pay one dollar to get in. You roll a six-you pay six. So matter how you roll it, the entertainment value of this fun evening will far outweigh the price of admission. Light refreshments will also be available.
    Tickets can be purchased at the door or prior to the show at Family Shoe at 407 Main Street in Boonville. Call 660-882-2390 for more information.

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