Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation Awards Funds to SLCT’s The ImproVables

GSLCF President Bill Carpenter, The ImproVables Director Phyllis Novy, GSLCF Treasurer Jeanne Becker (front row) and GSLCF Secretary Cheryl Ravenscroft (back row, center) surrounded by The ImproVables actors

Jeanne Becker, Foundation Treasurer

The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation (GSLCF) has awarded the Sun Lakes Community Theatre (SLCT) a grant totaling $2,000 for their comedy troupe The ImproVables, which performs unrehearsed skits in their comedy shows throughout our Sun Lakes and East Valley communities. The intent of the grant funding is to enable the cast to increase the number of performances, as well as stimulate greater attendance at performances by increasing the amount and the quality of their publicity efforts, and they will use some funds for printing, graphic design, and other methods of advertising. They also need new t-shirts, as their current shirts have been in use since 2010. They do not use costumes, so their distinctive t-shirts identify them as a performing unit and unify their on-stage performances. They also intend to include music in some of their future performances.

SLCT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing accessible and affordable live theater performances for the Sun Lakes community. The ImproVables troupe has been selling out venues consistently since they returned to the stage after COVID-19 caused them to take a two-year hiatus. They’ve performed most recently at both Sun Lakes Country Club and Cottonwood Country Club, as well as an abbreviated show for the residents of Robson Reserve. Also, they joined their “sister group” Off the Cuff for a recent anniversary/reunion show on the campus of Chandler-Gilbert Community College where they were well received. In March they “took their show on the road” and delighted residents at Friendship Village in Tempe. In April they will do a collaborative workshop with the Perry High School drama students. Several shows are in the works for the upcoming Fall 2023 season, and every show is different, as they are based on suggestions from the audiences. The ImproVables’ Fall 2023 season will kick off with an encore production in the Arizona Room of Sun Lakes Country Club on Sept. 30, followed by another performance at Cottonwood Country Club on Oct. 30. These ticket sales will be announced as the fall season approaches. So, if you need a unique and fresh entertainment option for a special event, club meeting, or celebration, consider booking The ImproVables. You won’t be disappointed. Contact Phyllis Novy at [email protected].

The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation was established to enhance the quality of life for the older population in the East Valley, including Sun Lakes residents, in the areas of health, safety, education, and culture. The Foundation gives grants to local nonprofits, service organizations, and clubs to enhance their work in all our Sun Lakes communities. The Greater Sun Lakes Community Foundation is entering its seventh year as a charitable 501(c)(3) foundation serving the Sun Lakes community. During the past six years, the Foundation has raised and disseminated grants in excess of $100,000 in support of local organizations, clubs, and other charitable groups, such as Neighbors Who Care, AFMA Fire & Medical Authority Stations 231 and 232 Firefighters Food Fund, Sun Lakes Community Theatre, the Sun Lakes Chorale, as well as smaller groups, such as the Chess Club, the Crystal Cards Project, the Crystal Awards program, Agave Quilters, etc., all of which provide services, activities, and opportunities for our senior population. So, if you are part of an organization in Sun Lakes that needs financial support, to apply, please go to