BAR HARBOR — ImprovAcadia, MDI’s own intimate, improvisational theater nightclub will open for its 13th Season on Cottage Street, Friday, May 27.
Since they first opened the doors to their 50-seat theater in downtown Bar Harbor, co-directors Jennifer Shepard and Larrance Fingerhut, with their revolving casts of professional improv artists, have created thousands of hilarious and unique shows for audiences from around the world.
As usual, throughout the summer, the supporting cast members will change, with Shepard and Fingerhut being the constants – she as one of the zany, quick-thinking performers and he providing musical accompaniment to songs and situations that are made up on the spot.
This season’s casts will include many members who have made ImprovAcadia and Bar Harbor a part of their lives for years, as well as several new faces. The return of T.J. Jagodowski is particularly exciting, said Shepard.
“T.J. joined us for our first season and helped us get off to a terrific start,” she said. “He has since gone on to play significant roles in many movies including the ‘Ice Harvest,’ ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ ‘Stranger than Fiction’ and ‘Trust Us, This Is All Made Up.’
“But he’s probably most recognized as one of the two guys in the Sonic commercials. We are thrilled that he has found the time in his busy life to join us again at ImprovAcadia.”
ImprovAcadia also produces a show with Reel Pizza Cinerama called ImproVision. Now in its ninth year, this late-night entertainment combines some random B movie with dialogue and score provided by the witty improv cast and Fingerhut’s music. The result can be insanely funny. ImproVision nights are planned for June 3, July 17, Aug. 28, Sept. 16 and Oct. 14 at Reel Pizza.
Another popular feature that will be returning later in the season is the “community well,” wherein a member of the community is invited to come on stage and tell a real life story, which the cast uses as the inspiration for their improvisation. The community well is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 2, at 10 p.m. with special guest Tony Sohns from the Rock and Art Shop. Tony is a natural history educator who is locally referred to as “The Bug Man.”
Shows start at 8 p.m. until the last week of June when there will be two shows a night, at 8 and 10 p.m. The earlier show is considered more family friendly, and depending on the tastes of the audience, the later show can feature more adult material and language.
Locally made desserts are offered with a full bar and a variety of hot beverages.
This year, their season will run from May 27 to Oct. 15. Check the website or call for specific show schedules and for reservations. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for children 10 and under. ImprovAcadia is located at 15 Cottage St., 2nd Floor in Bar Harbor. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Call 288-2503 or email [email protected] for reservations and schedule information. Learn more about ImprovAcadia and read about and see photos of their new cast at www.improvacadia.com.