Improvisation at Vivid Stage on December 3


originally published: 11/15/2022

(SUMMIT, NJ) — vivid scene, in residence at the Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit, presents a special holiday performance by The Flip Side, Vivid’s improv team, on December 3 at 8:00 p.m. Masks are optional in the theater.

The flip side includes Clark Carmichael, Laura Ekstrand, Noreen Farley, Lulu French, Dave Maulbeck, Scott McGowan, Emaline Williams and David Lee White. This unpredictable evening is an affordable and enjoyable evening that is filled with laughter from start to finish. This is a unique holiday-themed evening that provides a refreshing addition to The Nutcracker, a Christmas carol and the Rockettes.

Based on improv techniques created by The Groundlings, Upright Citizens’ Brigade and The Magnet, The Flip Side offers a unique take on short-form improv, taking in audience feedback to create instant scenes that are both unexpected and hilarious. No two shows are the same, and the most important ingredient in every show is the audience.

The show includes improvisational comedy sketches that use audience suggestions to shape the scenes that the actors instantly create on stage. The performers use ingredients such as everyday objects, strange illnesses and unusual circumstances to concoct unconventional mini-pieces that appear and disappear in minutes.

The flip side will appear at Vivid Stage at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students 25 and under. For contactless advance ticket purchases, Click here. The Oakes Center theater is wheelchair accessible. Parking is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theater.

vivid scene was founded in 1994 as the Dreamcatcher Rep, and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with audiences by sharing life-affirming contemporary stories that challenge, energize and entertain. Our work is grounded in a belief in the essential goodness of people and the power of live performance to connect people through our common humanity. We expose theatergoers to ideas and lives similar and different from their own in an effort to spark their imaginations and create empathy for others. We deepen the experience of all our guests with personal contact through receptions, discussions and interactive programs.

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The company’s activities include stage productions, improv comedy and cabarets, new play readings, and a variety of educational and outreach programs for seniors.

Vivid Stage programs are funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Union County Department of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, and numerous other corporations, foundations, and individuals. Vivid Stage is an action producing member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance.

Vivid Stage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey.

Graphic by Dave Maulbeck

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