One of my favorite holiday traditions starts up again November 25 and carries on through December 23: Unexpected Productions’ yearly production of “A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol”. I love this improv twist on the popular classic. My husband Brandon and I have been going for years, bringing some friends and family with us each time. Every show is different, as they ridiculously twist the tale based on live audience suggestions. There are two casts, to handle all the shows during this busy season and BOTH Scrooges (Paul Levy and Jill Farris) are going to be excellent! Check out the 2022 cast list to discover all the wonderful actors who are involved in the show this year. (Tony Beeman and Jaclyn Schuenzel are always such a delight to watch on stage.)
Support local theatre (this is the theatre directly next to the Gum Wall in Pike Place Market) and enjoy Santa-worthy laughs while you create some fun holiday memories. Guests 21+ can order drinks from the bar and they also sell popcorn and other yums at their concession booth (you can bring their drinks and food into the show with you in addition to meeting up with friends for a drink in their lobby before the show.)
Tickets here. (Did you know advance ticket sales make theatre folks feel even more of that wonderful holiday spirit? It’s true. Tickets are available for purchase now!)
Support this local theatre by helping to spread the word! RSVP “Interested” or “Going” to the Facebook event page here.
Thinking of bringing some kiddos in your life? Brandon and I brought our nieces when they were 14 and 11 and they really enjoyed it. In Unexpected Productions’ words: “We describe all of our shows as PG13. While Unexpected Productions always strives to present material that is appropriate for teen and adult audiences, due to the unpredictable and audience-participatory nature of improvisation, it is impossible to guarantee the content.”
“Based on audience suggestions, the improvisers of Unexpected Productions bend and twist Charles Dickens’ tale of Ebenezer Scrooge in all sorts of hilarious directions — and each show is different. Maybe Scrooge owns a pet store, maybe the Ghost of Christmas Past is a film noir detective, maybe Tiny Tim isn’t so tiny and maybe the ghosts show Scrooge the error of his ways, but maybe not!
Traditionally, as with other fully improved shows, every show is different every night, based completely on audience suggestions. Audiences are encouraged to let their imagination run wild. [The cast has] to incorporate the more than 30-plus audience suggestions to recreate the plot and nuance the story.” – Unexpected Productions
Enjoy the show! (Post by Keridwyn Deller)