We had our first Show

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I’ll keep this as brief as I can, but it deserves a novel.

The entire cast of Sick Puppies Comedy is a treasure.  Tom Neile created our logo, advertisement and postcards.  True professionalism.  Impressive.

Fawad, Todd and Anthony drove over an hour to perform and rehearse this week.  A tribute to good friends and dedication to a good show.  Anthony keeps the fan page fresh.

Aristotle and Stephon get thrown into the very first show… and they kill it.  Absolutely kill it.

Dan runs the light and sound board with little preparation.  Keeps it together.  Rehearses like a monster.

Adrienne comes to support the show, give phenomenal input and takes great pictures.

Ilana and Michelle call on a daily basis and Aniela gives just the right amount of support.  Tamara provides her best support after last week’s rehearsal.

When you put so much of your heart into a project and your team puts just as much as you do into it, I can’t tell you how that makes you feel…

Finally, Marilyn at Showtime has been so supportive of the troupe and unbelievably wonderful.

We are in the perfect storm of something great.  The first show is over… This troupe is the best.  I could go on for hours, but I won’t.  I love this.

Auditions and New Cast Members

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I imagined for auditions to go differently.  We held them last Wednesday.  According to facebook and my emails, I was expecting 30 people.  13 attended… I think the rain scared away the weak.  The ones that did arrive were all people that I already knew and had personally asked to audition, with the exception of one.  It was a pretty special night to see all of my friends come together on stage.  Michelle Domb said it best when she said “That moment when you realize your audition is your first rehearsal”.  Yep.  It was that good.

Special thanks to Fawad Siddiqui and Todd Rice for basically running the audition.  Fawad acted as the mad director and Todd called the scenes.  This allowed me to float and observe or play and observe.  Underneath all of it, it allowed me to immerse myself in something positive.  Earlier that day, I lost a friend.  I didn’t tell anyone because I wanted the audition to be unaffected, but I was certainly distracted.

I had really only performed improv on stage with less than half of the participants and was blown away by the performances of those I had not.

Without further adieu, I welcome your Sick Puppies:

Aniela McGuinness

Michelle Domb

Tom Neile

Fawad Siddiqui

Todd Rice

DAn Rosengarten

Anthony Camillo

Stephon Duncan

Aristotle Georgeson

Adrienne Airhart

Tamara Jones

Ilana Isaacson

This is something tangible and real.  First performance is Novemember 2, 2012.

Starting an Improvisational Comedy Company

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I can’t tell you how many ideas I’ve had to do something and never followed thru.  I have learned that in every attempt or thought, I have gotten the experience of unfulfillment.  It’s a really shitty feeling.  I didn’t learn how to do anything better, I just got sick of feeling worthless. 

Additionally, I finally understand passion.  I’ve never found anything to consume me like my newest project.  I’ve been an actor, comedian, sales person, manager and many other hats.  These are all things that I would consider myself to be good at or even above average, but the fuel never burned like improvisational acting does. 

I was in a troupe by the name of Laughing Gas for a couple of years and prior to that a host of disconnected appearances.  I really thought that stand up was my ultimate route to success, but it turns out I just love to create something out of nothing on the spot and feel the energy of a crowd motivate me. 

Laughing Gas, unfortunately went out of business and there was a real void in my life.  I performed for THEY Improv in a number private gigs, but I really missed the stage.  An opportunity presented itself when a co-actor in a play posted a job opening for teaching improv to kids at the Showtime Theatre in Boca Raton.  Upon visiting, I realized quickly that the space was a perfect Improvisation spot.  Capacity of 100 people, intimate, big stage, close to the audience with audio and lighting.  It’s really a dream location.  Plenty of bars and restaurants in the area to fill the house.  Truly a special opportunity.  I asked if I could start in Improvisation Show and Marilyn Perry, the owner of Showtime, was kind of enough to allow it.

The moment it all became real was when I had to write a business plan for the company.  The moment I had to address real issues that affect a company… cost, revenue and promotion.  I started the Sick Puppies Comedy fan page on Facebook and as of today already have 76 fans and we haven’t even had one show.  Tonight we have our first round of auditions.  really amazing stuff.  Likely to have 20+ people come to be a part of this.

Some of the interesting things I have found from all of this.

  • People are flaky, even in the face of opportunity –  there are people that have been begging for an improv venue closer to their home and when it arrives, they crumble.
  • Support – the imrpov community is so supportive.  Special thanks to Todd Rice and Fawad Siddiqui for providing me with so much great information to get my feet wet.  Anthony Camillo and Michele Domb have also been able to add real flavor to what we are trying to do. 
  • Passion – I am consumed with this.  I understand why people lose themselves in their work.  I thought I understood it in the past, but I didn’t.  All I think about is this company, it’s vision and it’s mission.

That being said, it’s off to another day.  Wish us luck.

Casey Casperson – One Sick Puppy.