Last Tuesday we held an open audition to add some members to our troupe. We assumed to see 10-13 people. 31 arrived and they all put on their “A” game. Almost every person was early or on time, focused and professional. We had the cast on call to play in scenes with the candidates, but there were so many of them. I had mentioned we were hoping to get out by 9:30 or 10pm. We got out at 11:45pm. They were all patient and understanding.
After lots of discussion and debate, we were able to accept 14 new Sick Puppies. 12 new cast members and 2 new technical directors. Join us in welcoming them to the cast by sharing this article or finding them on Facebook and sending them a message. Here they are!
Also, not pictured: Eddie Seage
The cast will be working feverishly to get everyone up to speed so you can see them on stage as soon as possible. In the meantime, subscribe to our mailing list, follow us on Facebook and Twitter and come see our Valentine’s Day show February 14th or see us in Miami on Friday. Lot’s to see.
On a more personal note, I have a relationship with the majority of new Sick Puppies we added. They are unbelievable people with a strong work ethic, hunger to learn and incredible sense of humor. When we started this company, I never expected our cast to be 28 members strong or have a demand for near that many. I am surrounded by the best people in the business, in the best business in the world.
We are so proud to have these new members. More big announcements on the way!
Robyn Cassel is one of the newest cast members of Sick Puppies Comedy. With a history of theatre in her background, performing comes naturally to her. Psychologist by day, with her degree and licenses and everything, nobody understands the importance of emoting and expressing better than her. After spending nearly 27 years in school and racking up over 2.3 million dollars in student loans, Robyn has decided to take a gamble and pay her debts by making others laugh. Clearly not an economist, Robyn has a heart of gold, but an inability to understand how money works. Until she figures it out, we’ll continue to agree with her plans and enjoy her play on stage with us.
Come see her this Friday in our Superhero show. BUY TICKETS NOW
Sam was actually added a while back, but we are making the official announcement now. He’s already performed in a couple of shows with us. Sam is a great addition to the cast and we’re excited to have him!
Growing up, Sam was obsessed with sketch comedy shows and developed a knack for getting attention, laughter and a rise out his parents, classmates and close friends. That attention continued into his college years at Syracuse and into his professional environmental engineering career. Over a year ago he decided that his comedic wit should be put to good use and joined a stand up comedy class… His first time on stage was a stellar performance and his following has continued to grow since then. The support of his endeavor from his family and friends has only fueled his ambition further. Last summer Sam begin his improvisation career by taking a Sick Puppies Class. His willingness and attitude to go over the top is welcomed as he was soon asked to participate as a “stand-in” cast member. Last year, he was also was selected to perform in Florida Funniest Comedian Contest at the Palm Beach Improv.
Sick Puppies Comedy proudly welcomes new cast member Ryan Lieber to the Sick Puppies Comedy cast. If Ryan looks familiar it’s because he grew up next door to you or went to the same sleep away camp as your sister. Actually Ryan, spent 7 years as the Sports Anchor and Reporter for WPTV NewsChannel 5. Now out of TV, Ryan needed something to keep his creative juices flowing and started taking improv classes at Sick Puppies Comedy in the beginning of 2014. Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Ryan was always a fan of The Second City Improv Troupe.
You may have noticed one of our cast members getting stronger, leaner and healthier. “One member? You all are so sexy.” Ha! Thank you totally fake person I just made up, but I’m specifically referring to Elizabeth Heller: tri-athlete/improviser/friend/actor/singer/dancer.
She has made a commitment to her passion of swimming and fitness and wants to make sure there is enough time left in her life for her husband, who is also a magnificent body of art (Casperson’s opinion).
Friday, April 11th, at 9:30PM will be her last show with us. We, of course, will beg like dogs to bring her back as a guest from time to time, but when she puts her mind to something, it might as well be in stone.
Upon hearing the news, cast member Tony Francis ran his car off of a cliff and was quoted saying “Yes, I’m upset Elizabeth is leaving, but I’m suspicious that she might have cut my brakes.”
Aniela McGuinness is holding a candlelight vigil: “I want to remember Elizabeth as someone that is dead to me.”
Obviously the cast is handling it poorly. Tony Rivera melted all of his barbie dolls; “Now, who’s pretty? Who’s pretty now?” We actually broke the news to Tony after the doll thing. That dude is weird.
Elizabeth won an award for being the happiest cast member in 2013. Her positive energy, her “Yes and…” attitude and her loyal friendship will never be replaced. We, at Sick Puppies, are taking a big loss and we will miss her greatly. She’s going to be our “Armando” on Friday, so you don’t want to miss it. She’s a great talent and we hope she’ll get off of this whole HEALTH FAD and understand that nothing is healthier than rehearsing til 11 at night, then drinking until 3AM four times a month.
The Puppies are a family and losing a member is just not fun. We’ll miss you Elizabeth.