The Second City will
have Manchester College, public, rolling in the aisles on March 11
NORTH MANCHESTER (March 2,
2004) - The "Harvard of improvisational theatre" that spawned Bill
Murray and Dan Aykroyd, among many other hilarious political satirists
and sketch comedians, is coming to Manchester College.
Chicago's The Second City
sketch comedy and improvisational group will take the Cordier Auditorium
stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 for a public performance. Tickets
are $7 for adults, $5 for non-Manchester College students and seniors -
a fraction of the price of tickets at The Second City performances
elsewhere. For reservations, call 260-982-5551.
Troupe members will conduct two private
workshops during their visit to Manchester College.
Thursday afternoon, students in the college's improv troupe Controlled
Catastrophe, the Alpha Psi Omega drama organization and a directing
class will get up-close advice. "Students will have the opportunity to
learn the values and techniques of improv performance that will serve
them in any future theatrical endeavor," said Professor Scott K. Strode,
chair of the Communications Studies department and director of theatre
at Manchester College. In addition, the Chicago improv experts will
conduct a faculty development workshop Friday morning.
The Second City is known
for its political satire and original characters. Laced with physical
comedy, the troupe often takes dark themes and intertwines humor with
extremely amusing results. The Second City uses a combination of
storytelling, musical performance, physical comedy and improvisation.
was obvious that all of them had worked together for some time,"
reported Shannon Schultz of the
Ohlone College Monitor after the troupe performed at the
"They were very in tune with each other."
Founded in Chicago in
1959, The Second City has become the career facilitator for some of the
world's best comedians, actors, writers and directors. Many of their
cast members have gone on to careers in film and television, including
Saturday Night Live.
Former members of The
Second City Chicago included John Candy, Jim and John Belushi, Alan
Arkin, Joan Rivers and Barbara Wallace.
In addition to Chicago,
The Second City has theaters and training centers in Toronto, Detroit,
Las Vegas and Cleveland, as well as theaters in New York and Los
Angeles. For more information about The Second City, visit