The lineup has been announced for the first Secret City Improv Festival in Oak Ridge this fall.
The festival is scheduled for September 24 and 25 at the Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge.
Two rounds of submissions made up the qualification process for the Secret City Improv Festival, a press release said. The priority consideration period concluded on Friday, July 16. The final submission will conclude on August 13.
“We are excited to announce the first 16 teams that have been selected,” the press release said. “The selection of teams features a diverse lineup of styles, team size, and show format.”
The selections include both local improvisation teams and teams representing nine other states, the release said.
“There will be no shortage of variety on both festival stages,” the press release said.
Every team selected will be featured on the main stage, the release said. The secondary stage will host the first Rocky Top Improv Tournament, special festival-only teams, and second sets for the festival participants.
In addition, the festival will also have a series of five workshops at the festival. The workshops will be taught by veteran improv teachers including Paul Simmons (Einstein Simplified, Knoxville); Josh Warren (Action Show, Atlanta); Ian
Covell (Josh and Ian, Atlanta); and Chris Barry (Four First Names, Orlando). The fifth workshop will be announced soon, the press release said.
The teams selected for the 2021 Secret City Improv Festival are:
- ORHS Masquers Improv of Oak Ridge;
- Einstein Simplified of Knoxville;
- Full Disclosure Comedy of Knoxville;
- Playback Reloaded of Knoxville;
- Blue Plate Special of Greeneville;
- Tusculum Improv of Greeneville;
- Danger Junior of Nashville;
- Action Show of Atlanta;
- Josh & Ian of Atlanta;
- Tomorrowquest Theater of Columbia, South Carolina;
- Babe of Richmond, Virginia;
- Four First Names of Orlando;
- Impromptu Improv of Sarasota, Florida;
- Hello Dali of Charleston, Illinois;
- Two Busses of Omaha, Nebraska; and
- Magical Lying Hourr of Houston.
Here is what you can expect at the Secret City Improv Festival, according to the press release:
● Two stages of shows going on each night with shows on September 24 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., and September 25 at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m.
● Affordable ticketing options that include Friday- or Saturday-only shows and weekend passes. Tickets go on sale August 23.
● Five workshops open for all experience levels.
The Secret City Improv Festival will be held at the Grove Theater located at 123 Randolph Road in Oak Ridge. Ticket pricing for day and weekend passes will be announced when tickets go on Sale, August 23, the press release said.
For more information and updates about the Secret City Improv Festival, you can check the website at
www.secretcityimprovfestival.com and follow the festival on social media.
The Secret City Improv Festival is also seeking additional sponsorship from local businesses and organizations, the press release said. “We are also accepting donations to help support the operations of our festival,” the release said. You can read that information on the website.
About Secret City Improv Festival: The Secret City Improv Festival is a production of Southern Fried Media. The festival is a sister festival to the Gatlinburg Improv Festival and aims to bring together a diverse cross-section of improv styles and troupes from all over the country. The festival will host five shows, and five workshops over two days at the Historic Grove Theater located in scenic Oak Ridge.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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