Olympic Theatre Arts once again welcomes the Bainbridge Island improvisational comedy group Imagined Reality for their second appearance at OTA, set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, in the Gathering Hall, 414 N. Sequim Ave.
Since 2016, Imagined Reality Improv has been conjuring comedy “out of thin air” by taking audience suggestions and making up scenes on the spot. The seven members come from varying walks of life — a scientist, two lawyers, a classical musician, a human resources guru, a marketing expert and a teenage student — as each member brings something different to performances.
Imagined Reality Improv’s home stage is the Frank Buxton Auditorium at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art).
Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theatre in which plots, characters and dialogue are made up in the moment. Improvisers often take suggestions from the audience to get themselves going, and then rely on fellow actors to keep the comedy rolling.
General admission tickets are $10. Get tickets in advance online at OlympicTheatreArts.org, at OTA’s box office (open 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday), by calling 360-683-7326, or at the door (if available).
Imagined Reality’s players include:
Michelle Allen, whose nine-year stage resume includes acting, writing, directing, producing, stage management, improv and teaching; prior to that, she worked as a scientist.
Nancy Peterson, who as a professional clarinetist spent most of her career performing the works of others but found her inner “funny” through improv while living in Southern California; she directs an improv group in Port Ludlow.
Marybeth Redmond, who has been acting, singing, dancing and being silly on stage for the past 10 years in Kitsap County.
Patrick Ryan, who once spent a summer after high school telling jokes at Astroworld, an amusement park in Houston, Texas.
Rose Weaver, a 13-year-old Bainbridge Island native who started acting when she was 5.
Tyler Weaver, who has day jobs as a father and a litigation consultant.
Andrejs Zommers, who spent his youth hyping up crowds as the announcer and owner of a touring action sports show and played The Wheedle, a mascot of the Seattle Supersonics NBA team.