The best improvisors in the world live right here in Edmonton. Rapid Fire Theatre hosts the other top-ranked improv teams from across the globe at Improvaganza, a 10-day celebration of improv, comedy, music and more. Edmonton's funniest festival!
Meet Christina Harbak. Christina is a Master Composter and Recycler, but when she isn't teaching folks about the joys of waste reduction she's busy being a hilarious improviser. Join Christina this Saturday for #SPHINXES as we smash the patriarchy with the hottest comedy show in town. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sphinxes-tickets-36873686188
Bonfire is Rapid Fire Theatre’s annual romp of new ideas in long-form improv. Starring the members of the Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble, each show at Bonfire has been created by one of RFT’s own. Every show at Bonfire is a new idea that we’ve never tried before; it might work, it might not, but either way it’ll be a joy to witness. The 2018 festival runs over the course of two weekends : April 12-14 and 19-21.
GET TICKETS HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/bonfire-festival-tickets-36873951983
THURSDAY, APRIL 12 at 7:30PM
Call Centre Improv
A seamless fusion of telemarketing and entertainment.
TAP TAP TAP
Two characters, one location, infinite players: TAP TAP TAP will feature every member of the Rapid Fire Theatre ensemble sharing a dual-character scene. Sixty brains channeled into just two outlets! Surely someone will know what has to happen next?
A LIVE taping of everyone's favourite sitcom, Tokens!
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 at 7:30PM
2 playwrights go head to head. Neither can prepare; for the improvisors will dictate the beginning of their scripts. When unscripted meets the scripted what will prevail? The written word? Or the explosive unknown? Oh... also: They only have 45 minutes to write.
Raising the stakes on improv, it's time to see what our performers are actually capable of when their dignity is on the line! Featuring head to head style challenges with bets placed on each scene, competition is king in this combat style form.This isn't improv for the weak of heart. It's time to go all in!
FRIDAY, APRIL 13 at 10PM
Dive into a dark world where breaking the rules means a talking animal might eat your family. The endings aren't happy but you sure will learn how to behave properly.
Kaiju: An Improvised Godzilla
Before your very eyes we will create an entire city. A city filled with buildings, the people who reside in them and the monsters who threaten the world they hold dear. You will watch, from a safe distance, the cataclysmic battle of the titans and the crisis experienced by those below. We promise mass destruction and nothing else.
We've all done things we're not proud of. Here's your opportunity to anonymously confess to any and all of your misdeeds-these anonymous confessions will serve as the inspiration for grounded, realistic scenes that will face the repercussions; so you don't have to! Did you cheat? Steal? Lie? Dupe or deceive? Share your sins at https://www.tinyurl.com/rftconfessional and watch them RFT bring them to life!
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 at 7:30PM
The Movie Show
"The Movie Show" is an improvised making-of a movie. The show is split into two parts: "pre-production" and "exhibition". In the first part, a team of improvisers will conceive, pitch, write, direct, cast, rehearse, and "film" a movie based on an audience suggestion. The second part of the show is the long-form "movie" that was "made" during pre-production. Ever wonder what would happen if the entire process of making a movie was completely improvised and not actually filmed? Then The Movie Show is up your alley!
Alaina is turning 25 and everyone is invited to the biggest birthday party Rapid Fire Theatre has ever seen! Can the improvisers make sure her birthday party is all she ever dreamed it would be?
SATURDAY, APRIL 14 at 10PM
Chaos! Communication! Control! Cobra is a stage adaptation of John Zorn's improvisational jazz game where the improvisers both perform and direct. Maybe they will work together or maybe there's a snake among them who will take control...
Have you ever been blown away by Rapid Fire Theatre's musicians, or as we like to them, musical improvisors? Sitting on the sidelines, giving the scenes that extra flavour, yet never taking the spotlight. Time for a change. Come watch as RFT's top musicians battle to be #1.
Tales from the Teachers' Lounge
Did you ever wonder what happened in the teachers' lounge after the final bell rang? Were you ever curious as to what your teachers said about you in the safety of the staff room? Do you have a question you've always wanted to ask a teacher? These eight *actual* educators will teach you the lessons you've always wanted to learn.
THURSDAY, APRIL 19 at 7:30PM
In Lumen, a cast of improvisors take to the stage and become immersed in a stunning world of elaborate light sequences. The designs for the show will be created in advance, using state-of-the-art light and video equipment. The cast will not see the show design until it is revealed to them during the show; the result - pure magic!
School of [Genre]
The experts at Rapid Fire Theatre have put their heads together to bring a true depiction of a film genre to the stage. Not a parody of a genre, but an accurate portrayal of a crime, melodrama, comedy, fantasy, or western film. Which will they choose onstage tonight?
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 at 7:30PM
Jurassic Park was a groundbreaking film that explored the consequences of introducing dinosaurs into modern-day life. Jurassic Place will showcase the introduction of dinosaurs into a new location chosen by the audience. HOLD ONTO YOUR BUTTS!
Every improvisor has a BFF that's been to all the shows, seen them fail and succeed, fall and triumph. Well it's time to reward that loyalty - because this time it's our friend in the spotlight. In the Friendzone, improvisors are paired alongside their supportive-others in a showcase of friendship, love, and camaraderie. We're putting our besties to the testies.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20 at 10PM
Improv meets Jackass! See some of Rapid Fire's top talent improvise while enduring hilarious, painful, and often disgusting challenges. Only one improviser will survive and will be crowned champion. This is mischief incarnate. This is a rebellion against tastefulness! This is: HARDCORE MAESTRO!
Wet Hot RapidFire Summer
Whether you went to summer camp or you lived vicariously through the campy camp movies, Wet Hot RapidFire Summer will bring you right back to the best summers of your life. This show will warm your tie-dyed hearts and probably even give you a gorgeous tan! And who knows, maybe in 10 years we'll all meet up again to see how we've turned out. Welcome home, campers.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 at 7:30PM
If Walls Could Talk
....the stories they would tell. With no characters on stage this time we let the walls and objects speak for themselves and reveal your secrets.
Shut up and improvise: an improvised Black Mirror
Ever wonder if your coffee machine is plotting to kill you? do you ever think your blu-ray player has a secret agenda? find out the answers to all your questions during "SHUT UP AND IMPROVISE" where we explore how the advancement of of a single everyday object (electric or not) can change society for the better or for the worse.
Perfect Bound. The Live Improvised Magazine.
This live improvised magazine stitches together stories around a specific type of from the audience. From beauty and fitness, to cats and current events, you'll feel like your flipping the pages of your favourite magazine while it unfolds live onstage.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21 at 10PM (This show is 18+)
You're invited to 'The Party'! Parents are out of town and we've got the house to ourselves, so bring a friend (or two, or three!!) and let's party the night away!
Magic Marv XXS
The dancers? Improvisers. The music? Unknown. The temperature? HOT. Seven performers who have never stripped before will dance and make love to the stage in this improvised male stripper movie. Dancing to songs they don't know and creating routines based on audience suggestions. Step aside Mike, Marv is the new magic man in town. (This show is 18+)
22 hours ago
Get ready for some top-notch edutainment as Lacey Huculak and Alaina Sadowski present UNSCRIPTED HISTORY at #CHiMPROV this Saturday at 10pm! Students get in 2-for-1 at the door. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/chimprov-tickets-36870110493
1 day ago
Meet Julie Ferguson! Not only is Julie our Player of the Month for March, they’re also our intrepid technician for this Saturday’s episode of #SPHINXES. Catch them working the light and sound board as we present this hilarious evening of Bechdel-Test-approved improv at 7:30pm.
WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO PERSUE A CAREER IN THEATRE AS A TECH?
My anxiety disorder made me too scared to pursue performing when I was picking University programs in my late teens, so I applied for tech programs instead. I also went to a super cool high school, where I learned all about theatrical lighting and sound at a young age, and I found that I had the organizational skills to help artists make their visions come to life. So, in 2010, I moved to Edmonton to do the Stage Management program at the University of Alberta.
We`re very excited to be mixing things up at CHiMPROV this weekend with some fine sketch comedy from our pals Marv n Berry! Don`t forget that students get in 2-for-1 at the door. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/chimprov-tickets-36870109490