Whirled News Tonight Launches Heritage Season
Today’s news headlines take on a whole new dimension when the Whirled News Tonight broadcast crew gets a hold of them.
The iO Theatre of Chicago returns to Alma College to open the 2011-12 Remick Heritage Center performance season with Whirled News Tonight, an improvised version of the nightly news, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Local headlines provide the inspiration for Whirled News Tonight.
In Whirled News Tonight, audience members provide the inspiration for an evening of improvised comedy by clipping articles from that day’s newspapers. From these journalistic suggestions, a team of experienced improvisers creates a fast-paced, topical, intelligent and humorous show.
Equal parts political satire, news parody and social commentary, Whirled News Tonight is sure to spark debate as well as tickle the funny bone, says Mike Sheldon, event coordinator for the Remick Heritage Center.
“It’s comedy based on our local headlines,” says Sheldon. “Buy your local newspaper and bring your favorite headlines and stories.”
This fall’s show will be the iO Theatre’s third time performing at Alma College. Past performances have included improvised musicals and Shakespearean dialogue and skits.
“Improv is a lot of fun,” says Sheldon. “It’s never the same show twice. It’s always modern, current, fun and spontaneous. The show is a nice way to start the year — a night of comedy.”
For more than 25 years, the iO Theatre has been recruiting new troupe members and regaling audiences with its improvisational skills. More than 5,000 actors and comedians have experience with the improv group, including Steve Carrell, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Vince Vaughn and many more.
Posted: Wed, September 7th, 2011 at 1:12PM