GTCC THEATRE OPENS SEASON WITH IMPROV SHOW NOV. 19-22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

(From left to right) GTCC students star in "Spontaneous: An Improv Show": Jessica Ricks, Capri Bien Aime, Abigail Fisher, Lutoria Cooper, Kyra Ross.

(From left to right) GTCC students star in “Spontaneous: An Improv Show”: Jessica Ricks, Capri Bien Aime, Abigail Fisher, Lutoria Cooper, Kyra Ross.

JAMESTOWN, N.C. – The Guilford Technical Community College Theatre program will open its season with “Spontaneous: An Improv Show” Nov. 19-22 at the GTCC Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre on the High Point Campus. “Spontaneous: An Improv Show” is a short-form improvised extravaganza featuring actors and musicians creating art — without a script — based on audience suggestions.

Joshua Waterstone, a GTCC theatre adjunct professor, will make his GTCC directorial debut. Waterstone has studied the techniques of Viola Spolin as well as taken classes from her son Paul Sills, the creator of The Second City in Chicago. He’s also performed with multiple improvisation troupes in Atlanta, Ga. and Colorado.

“To improvise well is not just about being witty, it is about good story telling and creating well-drawn characters, environments, conflicts and resolutions on the spot,” Waterstone said. “Those who come to the show will enjoy the audience involvement and the spontaneity of the actors, but the real boon of training actors in improvisation is the trust, agreement, creative risk and self-reliance that collaborating on improvisation gives to the actors.”

WHAT:  The Guilford Technical Community College Theatre program presents “Spontaneous: An Improv Show,” a short-form improvised extravaganza featuring actors and musicians creating art — without a script — based on audience suggestions.

WHO: Directed by Joshua Waterstone, a GTCC theatre adjunct professor with extensive background with improvisation troupes. Also starring GTCC students: Capri Bien Aime of High Point (communications major), Kyra Ross of Winston-Salem (human resources major), Lutoria Cooper (drama major), Jessica Ricks of High Point (associate of arts major), Abigail Fisher of Lexington (drama major), Brittany Lawson of Greensboro (hospitality management major),  and Destiny Joseph (drama major). Musical accompaniment by GTCC student Frank Norman and ensemble as well as technical support by Ron Barrans, GTCC Entertainment Technology instructor.

WHEN:  8 p.m. Nov. 19-21; 2 p.m. Nov. 22.

WHERE: GTCC Center for Creative and Performing Arts Theatre, H2 building, High Point Campus, 901 S. Main St, High Point.

TICKETS:  Tickets are $15 general admission; $10 faculty, staff, veterans, seniors; $5 students. Available at the door or at the High Point Theatre box office (220 E Commerce Ave., High Point) or by calling (336) 887-3001 or visiting www.highpointtheatre.com. There is an additional ticket surcharge for patrons purchasing tickets online. Reservations are encouraged.

INFORMATION:  Contact Joshua Waterstone at jswaterstone@gtcc.edu.

ABOUT JOSHUA WATERSTONE: Joshua Waterstone is an adjunct theatre instructor at Guilford Technical Community College as well as a director, actor, producer and fight choreographer. This is his first time directing for GTCC. He is a recent transplant to the Triad. He holds a master’s in directing for stage and screen from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film and has also trained at The Theatre School of DePaul University and the University of Georgia-Athens. He is an associate member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers and a member of the Society of American Fight Directors.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC