Friday, December 2, 2011

Improv company's holiday show on Saturday

Transactors Improv Company presents its annual salute to the holidays on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. “Transactors Improv: Holiday Extravaganza!” is a two-act performance that explores the ups, downs and sideways of the holidays. As with all Transactors Improv shows, everything is made up on the spot and based on audience suggestions.
The first act will offer up a series of three-scene sets that present a particular aspect of the holidays in various scenarios and situations.
“There are so many recurring themes around the holidays, from gift giving and special meals to feelings of excitement and even anxiety,” said company co-director Dan Sipp. “Tackling a single theme three different ways gives us a chance to explore it more fully and from different perspectives.”
The second act will use theatrical storytelling to create a brand-new holiday special along the lines of those televised favorites featuring Frosty, Rudolph, and the Grinch.
“I think the Christmas TV special is a part of our holiday psyche,” Sipp said. “And the standard style of those—with a narrator, adventures, and a few songs—provides a fun structure for us to play in.”
The cast for “Transactors Improv: Holiday Extravaganza!” includes Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Nancy Pekar, Sipp and Annie Zipper. Glenn Mehrbach provides piano accompaniment, while Mike Beard improvises lighting and sound effects.
Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance or $16 day-of ($12 for ArtsClub Members); students and seniors are $7 in advance or $9 day-of. The ArtsCenter is located at 300-G E. Main St. in Carrboro. Call (919) 929-2787 or visit online for tickets and directions. For more information on the company, please visit the website or call (919) 641-3575.

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WHAT: Transactors Improv: Holiday Extravaganza!
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 3, at 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: The ArtsCenter, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510
• ArtsClub Members: $12
• General admission: $14 in advance; $16 day-of
• Student/Senior: $7 in advance; $9 day-of
PURCHASE: (919) 929-2787 or
INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS: (919) 929-2787 or

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