“I’m just making this up as I go.” No sane person wants to hear this from their doctor, lawyer, plumber or electrician. But when it comes to comedy, it can mean you’re about hear something very funny. It’s called improvisational comedy and it’s making its debut at Old Fort Players June 7 and 8.
“Whose Improv is it Anyway?” is the brain child of OFP President, Ty Clute who spends his days as a mild-mannered city employee taking care of the streets – and citizens – of Fort Madison. While repairing potholes with his friend, Phil McCracken, Ty realized he wasn’t the only funny guy in town.
Clute talked it over with the city to see if turning this great idea into an event could benefit the city as well as OFP. “We have the theater downtown that’s perfect for gathering to watch our city employees cut loose and have fun.”
Clute will act as Emcee and contestants will be chosen from among employees of City Hall, various City Departments and the City Council. A phone call to OFP (319) 372-9559 will reserve your spot on the Improv stage. The general public is invited to come be a part of the audience.
The two evening shows begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. Tickets for Adults are $15. They are available on the theater’s newly updated website as well as at City Hall.
“It’s just one of the many new ideas we’ve been working on at the theater,” OFP Secretary Angela Sanford said. “We skipped a Spring Show this season so we would have time to regroup and plan for next season, but we also wanted to test the waters to see what else our fans want.”
The community theater has had a big presence downtown for more than 25 years. They stepped up their game last fall with reserved, covered seating for the Christmas Parade and sold blankets and hot chocolate. At the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Parade there were donuts and hot chocolate for sale. Clute also told us, “It’s a good chance for us to promote our upcoming events and support our downtown. Look for us during the 4th of July and Rodeo Parades. We’re working toward premium air-conditioned seating as well as our usual cold drinks and fresh popcorn.”
Sunday, July 7 at 6pm the theater once again presents the ‘Joe Sanford Jam’ – an evening of Blues music from Joe and his friends. Admission is a free will offering to support Old Fort Players. Refreshments and Joe’s CD’s will be available for sale.
July 13 at 7:00 pm, the theater will host “Destination Tribal” a local belly dance troupe. Tickets will cost $8 and will be available soon on the OFP website.
Old Fort Players has been entertaining the community since 1981 and is located in downtown Fort Madison at 725 Avenue G. Call 319-372-9559 for more information. Like them on Facebook or visit www.oldfortplayers.com to keep up with everything that’s going on at the theater.