Join TheatreUNCA on November 16 and 17 at 7 p.m. at Carol Belk Theatre on UNC Asheville’s campus for the debut of their first comedy improv troupe, “Nacho Mama’s Comedy Improv Show: It Might Get a Little Cheesy.”
Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students and available for purchase online here.
Contemporary dance students will open the show with a short, light-hearted piece. Then TheatreUNCA’s debut improv troupe will continue a night of laughter and silliness with a series of short-form improv games informed by audience suggestions.
Improv requires actors to think on their feet, responding to audience prompts and their fellow actors without a script, often in a humorous way. The plot, characters and scenes are all made up in the moment.
The students find improv to be a creative outlet that has brought levity to their lives, said CJ Long, a junior interdisciplinary major and drama minor at UNC Asheville, and one of the actors in the production.
“Improv has really helped me to be more creative,” Long said. “I love being able to socialize with other people in a unique way. Improv has helped me to explore a sillier side of myself. I leave each practice feeling fulfilled and joyful.”
The show will feature students from across UNC Asheville’s campus and is directed by Lise Kloeppel, chair and associate professor of drama.
Some of Asheville’s renowned Black-owned food trucks will be parked outside Belk Theatre, serving food before and during the show.
On Thursday, November 16 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Queens Island Cuisine will be serving Jamaican food and Cooking with Comedy will be serving Southern fare such as fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens. Both will be located in the cul-de-sac outside Belk Theatre and Delany Hall.
On Friday, November 17 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cooking with Comedy will be serving food in the cul-de-sac outside Belk Theatre and Delany Hall.