GRCT School of Theatre Arts Launches New Adult Programming
Starting a new program is no laughing matter, but for the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre School of Theatre Arts, the launching of an adult Improv Troupe (Rapid Delivery Improv) came right on queue. "We were looking for adult programming that would be an exciting addition for our school programming and had been considering improv for a long time," notes School Director Penelope Notter. "When Bart Sumner came to our stage for Christmas Carol, and shared his extensive knowledge and experience in Improv, we knew the stars were aligned."
Aligned indeed, Rapids Delivery Improv (RDI) Director, Bart Sumner immediately began working on making this dream a reality. After a year of classes, auditions, and small group performances a Troupe of 14 performers are eagerly awaiting their official stage debut.
"This is comedy brought to you at the speed of laughter! No Holds Barred Comedy. Comedy, by adults, for adults!" notes director Bart Sumner. Rapid Delivery Improv delivers fast paced comedy shows featuring short form improvs, mid-form improvs, and musical improvs created from audience suggestions. Very funny! 90 minute shows. Uncensored comedy based on audience suggestions. No Scripts! Improvised - On The Spot Comedy.
The Troupe will perform on the Civic stage September 14th and October 4th. In addition, the Troupe will be live at San Chez Bistro every Wednesday in October (beginning October 1). Tickets for those shows can be purchased in advance at the San Chez website or at the door for $10.
Bart Sumner, an award winning performer and teacher of improvisational comedy for more than 25 years in NYC and Los Angeles. Bart has performed improv at Catch a Rising Star, The Comedy Store, The Groundlings East, The Improv, The LA Connection, and many other comedy venues across the country.