The ImproVables Out and About Again

Phyllis Novy and Janine Schneck

Recently, the ImproVables were asked to conduct a workshop for another senior community’s volunteer theatre group—The Provincials of Maricopa. Their president Marilyn Larrain said, “We had a great time! The ImproVables have given us a lot to think about and to plan for.”

Phyllis Novy, director of The ImproVables, enjoyed the interaction of the two groups as well. “The Provincials really appreciated us. Not only did we have a good time working and playing together, but we all felt that we made new friends.”

“The people were amazingly open to putting themselves out there,” said ImproVables member Nancy Patterson. About a dozen of the nearly 20-member improv comedy group were available to help teach the workshop.

In addition to the workshop, The ImproVables performed for three audiences between Sept. 30 and Oct. 30, with both Sun Lakes shows selling out in mere hours. The other show was for residents of Friendship Village and was to an even larger audience than the two Sun Lakes shows. Some of the comments from audience members were as follows: “I had never seen improvisation before, and I can hardly wait to see you again.” “Better than the ones you see on TV.” “When are you going to be back?”

The ImproVables are available to perform for organizations, senior centers, associations, and private parties. Each show is unique, because the audiences give many of the suggestions in the scenes (called games). For more information about booking The ImproVables, contact Phyllis Novy at 602-481-6564.