The sun goes down and the jokes
fly at Excused Absence Nights, Austin’s premiere youth showcase
featuring improv, sketch and stand up comedians poised to craft tomorrow’s
cultural landscape. Every Sunday at 5PM audiences are treated to a tight 50
minutes of comedy by teens, for teens, featuring students and graduates of
Excused Absence, the official youth program of ColdTowne Theater. After blowing
minds and with a slick nod to those who came before them, teens acquiesce the
stage to a well-seasoned adult team followed by an all ages jam session where
anyone in the mood for make-em-ups is welcome to join the accommodating players
for an entertaining montage of inspired scenes for all skill levels.
Troupes appearing on the Excused
Absence Nights schedule are a combination of experienced house teams
assembled by a dedicated coach and side projects put together by the teens,
themselves. These are high school and middle school students putting in
extracurricular work to perfect an art form through collaboration and the
guidance of a trained professional. Whether it is a one-off goof or a youth
improv institution (two years is a long time for teens!), audiences are
guaranteed a performance worthy of the "pay what you wish” admittance fee at
grants a unique management aspect of running the show, truly making it by and
for teens. This pilot program sees students step into the roles of booking
acts, promoting shows and managing behind the scenes, making sure the lights go
on and off on cue. Students are taught to take risks and show initiative in the
classroom, this side of Excused Absence Nights wants to show how these
skills translate to life experiences where listening, supporting and agreeing
can be applied to solve problems and motivate teams in the workplace.
Initially founded as Move Your
Tale’s All Ages Night in the spring of 2012, Excused Absence Nights
continues to grow with its many longtime students, paving the way for an untold
number of stories and creating opportunities for students to perform in a real
theater environment before a real audience. Excused Absence Nights is an
extension of the Excused Absence conservatory which offers students year-round
camps and classes in the various forms of comedy with ever-expanding
performance events, including the annual Excused Absence Comedy Festival,
featuring teachers and performers from all across Texas.
Excused Absence Nights is held
every Sunday at 5PM at ColdTowne Theater, 4803 Airport Blvd.
For more information visit http://www.excusedabsence.com or http://www.moveyourtale.com.