By Woodard, Dale on September 4, 2020.
Since 2014, Theatre Outré has led the way with live improvised comedy in the heart of downtown Lethbridge.
This month they are leading the way with a wide range of improv shows that will leave you laughing. With a cast of veteran performers from Lethbridge, Theatre Outré has formed its own performance cohort, the ImpromptOu Players, so that live improvised comedy can happen safely in the community once more.
“It’s exciting to be back bringing live performance to Lethbridge this fall,” says David Gabert, ImpromptOu co-ordinator, in a news release. “To watch our audiences laugh as we bring levity to what is going on around us while doing so in a way that is safe for our performers and audiences alike.”
Made up of 15 members, the ImpromptOu Players are dedicated to safety and will perform with masks and commit to taking a monthly asymptomatic screening test to ensure the safety of all.
Tickets will only be sold in advance so the group can ensure distance between audience members in separate cohorts. Shows will take place at outdoor locations throughout Lethbridge as long as the weather holds and ticketholders will be advised of the location of the show several days beforehand.
Lethbridge’s only improvised soap opera “Gomorrah” returns with this year’s show “The Gomorah Boat.”
Set on a luxurious oceanliner, the HMS Gomorrah, the cast find themselves in a mix of romance, mystery, scandal and hilarity each month as they sail the oceans blue.
“The Gomorrah Boat” has two performances this month on Saturday and Sept. 26. Show times are 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m.
For individuals who are interested in a laugh along the lines of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, “Drunk Improv” is back for its fourth year.
A mixture of improvised games and songs, each monthly show will see five members of the ImpromptOu Players put through their paces by the game’s host Deonie Hudson and talented local musicians.
“Drunk Improv” will take place Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.
In a typical year, Theatre Outré would be playing host to a variety of community events at their venue, Didi’s Playhaus, with a wide range of performers.
With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, the shows have shifted to being undertaken by the ImpromptOu Players as well.
“Lip Sync Roulette” will make its return this month with plans for horror-themed shows for Halloween and holiday-themed shows beyond.
All of the shows are custom made by the troupe with plans to reflect the seasons as well as what is happening in the community.
“Lip Sync Roulette” returns Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.