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Wednesday October 1, 2014, 3:07pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new Circuit fall 2014 season, debuting next Friday, October 10th at 10:30pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Ursa:
Greg Wilker
Kate de Longpre’
Alex Kornfeld
Jessica Taylor
Rachelle White
Yung-Han Chen
Allan Fong
Free (Racheal) Demps-Lewis
Coach: Mike Dwyer
Pegasus:
Damon Ketron
Paul Maksymowicz
Eric Slepak
Dilara O’Neil
Amy Morrison
Mark Monroy
Micaela Blei
Victoria Bartley
Coach: Lauren Olson
Draco:
Jon Zytnick
Sunita Deshpande
Will Cooper
Jan Green
Arthur Sanchez
Brandon Greenspan
Lisa Lyne
Emma McArdle
Coach: Matt Antonucci
Orion:
Dan Bookbinder
Deepak Jayasimha
Jodie Pfau
Josh Varga
Joe Barbiero
Brigid Moynahan
Annie Howard
Kirsten Henning
Coach: Sam Rogal
Wednesday October 1, 2014, 1:03pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the fall 2014 season of Musical Megawatt, debuting this Tuesday, October 7th at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. We hope to see you there.

New Team Sonny
Alisa Ledyard
Miles Lindahl
Carolyn Malfa
Harry Marker
Louie Pearlman
Steve Whyte
Laura Yoder Witt

New Team Cher
Brad Benson
Jon de Guzman
Damon Ketron
Maggie Morris
Megan Reilly
Lauren Stripling
Stefan Wenger

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Wednesday September 17, 2014, 8:36am - by Megan Gray

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We are now accepting applications for the Circuit Fall 2014 season! Circuit teams are made up of Magnet Theater students, graduates of our training program and veteran performers. We believe that in order to get better at improv, you need to do it.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, September 23rd at noon. Teams will be announced Friday, September 25th. Shows will begin Friday, October 10th. Teams will perform Friday nights at 10:30 for seven weeks (not including October 31st or November 28th). If you have any questions email Circuit [at] Magnettheater [dot] com.

This is a general Circuit round. To apply you must have completed Magnet Level 3.

To sign up, just CLICK THIS LINK.
Tuesday September 9, 2014, 3:19pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new Conservatory Circuit fall 2014 season, debuting this Friday, September 12th at 10pm at the Magnet Theater Training Center.

Team Lucy:
Aaron Gold
Evelyn Peppas
Pratima Mani
James Kuo
Veronica Venture
Rebecca Acevedo
Gregg Zehentner
Mark X Guinn

Team Ricky:
Ted Andricos
Ben Kharakh
Rachel Zeolla
Timothy Dufrisne
Kristina Grosspietsch
Meagan Callahan
Paul Ton
Corey Ladovsky

Team The Mertzes:
Nicole Lee
Kyle Levenick
Keilana Decker
Rebecca Mercer
David Rush
Tamara Young
Dana Moore
Michael Auerbach

Friday August 29, 2014, 11:05am - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the fall 2014 season of Megawatt, debuting this Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. In addition, the premiere of the 6pm Wednesday Mixer. We hope to see you there.

Team Red:
Luke Field
Dede Tabak
Michael McLarnon
Greg Mihalik
Blake Merriman
Jonathan DeMuth
Devin O’Neill
Lauren Ashley Smith

Team Blue:
Pat May
Sam Rogal
Eli Itzkowitz
Carly Monardo
Nolan Constantino
Sulaiman Beg
Chrissie Gruebel
Woody Fu

Team Yellow:
Carolyn Burns
Justin Anderson
Neil Pohl
Kelly Donahue
Andy Moskowitz
Maryann Menzies
Katie Mordhorst
Federico Garduño

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Monday August 11, 2014, 1:19pm - by Megan Gray

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Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the 2014 fall season of Megawatt. Please fill out THIS FORM no later than AUGUST 16th to apply for an audition slot.

Anyone who has completed Magnet Level 6 is eligible to apply, though please note that a completed form does not guarantee an audition slot. Due to the high volume of eligible improvisers and a limited number of slots, priority will be given to students and performers who have finished the class or performed on a Megawatt team within the last year.

Confirmations will be sent out by SUNDAY, AUGUST 17th.

CLICK HERE to apply.

 

Tuesday April 29, 2014, 12:05pm - by Magnet Theater
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ten bucks

Starting in May, The Magnet Theater is going to raise the price of Thursday Night Out to $10. That price will still allow audience members to stay all night. If someone is coming strictly for Inspirado, the price will remain $7.  We’re incredibly proud of the work being done on this night and feel confident in showcasing it as some of the best work we have to offer.  Magnet students and performers will still be able to get into the show for free.

 

Thursday December 5, 2013, 2:37pm - by Charlie Whitcroft

Director Series

December brings us cold weather, warm tidings of holiday cheer, hopefully at least a few days off from work… and perhaps most importantly, the latest installment of The Director Series: Genus.

Genus takes the suggestion of a genre, then improvises an entire show in that genre.
Featuring Nick Jaramillo, Lauren Olson, Kelly Buttermore, Dennis Zavolock, John Roukis,
Jana Schmieding, Jamie Rivera
Directed by Christian Pollack

Every Thursday in December at 9:00pm, part of Magnet Theater’s Thursday Night Out Line-up.

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In advance of tonight’s debut performance, I got to talk to director Christian Pollack a bit about the show, and why you should see it.

Give us some of your thoughts about genre-based improv.
CP: Genre improv is something I’ve always loved, it takes away some of the work of invention in the scene if you have a template to work off of, and then it gets really fun to just commit to it.

Will the suggested genres shape the form of the show itself?
CP: The suggestion will inform the show for sure, but the players are not bound to try to recreate the suggestion, just again, use it as a template for what types of characters might be in this show; but within the scenes, it’s still very much about discovering what’s happening along with everybody else in the theater.

Are there any genres the cast can’t handle?
CP: The one genre we’ve had the most trouble with is “Mork and Mindy”. “Mork and Mindy” is a genre, right?

How is it working with Jamie Rivera?
CP: Jaime Rivera is quiet, humble, on-time, smells like Earth and the outdoors. Everything you want in a cast leader. I’m honestly very lucky to have so many talented, fun people agree to do this, I’m looking forward to watching them all have fun.

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I’m sure you’ve seen Christian, Nick, Lauren, Kelly, Dennis, John, Jana and Jamie perform in various other shows at the Magnet Theater, so you know you’re in for a treat with Genus.

Director Series

Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:24pm - by Charlie Whitcroft

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If you’ve never seen Junior Varsity, Hello Laser, or The Boss perform at the Magnet Theater, I’m guessing you’ve had some longstanding obligation on Thursday nights for the last several years.

They’re the Magnet Theater’s longest standing, longest standing teams – veterans who’ve been performing high quality improv together for almost seven years. That’s a length of time most people can’t even wrap their heads around in this ever-more present-focused world of ours.

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Now they’re loading themselves up into chambers randomly (not really randomly… there’s a set schedule) for a weekly round of Russian Roulette known as The Revolver. Each week you’ll see two of these teams perform, each in their own unique and seasoned styles.

Come out and see them, every Thursday Night at 8pm.

Then talk to them afterwards. Being around so long, they have stories to tell.

Wednesday March 27, 2013, 12:51pm - by catherinewing

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BEEES!!! turned 2 earlier this year! They are celebrating with a Two-Year Anniversary Show this Friday, March 29th, at 7pm, and you are all invited!

Formed in late December 2010, BEEES!!! gathered for the first time as a team at Mooncake, a few doors down from the Magnet Training Center.  Over dinner and cheap Sapporo beers, they got better acquainted with one another.  Some had taken the Magnet musical improv classes together, and were nervous and excited to be placed on their very first house team; others were seasoned performers, with years of improv and stage experience under their belts.  What they all had in common, was their musical improv training under the brilliant Tara Copeland and Frank Spitznagel.  BEEES!!! hit the Magnet stage for their first show on Tuesday, January 4th, 2011.

The meta show, November 2011.  Photo by Keith Huang.

The meta show, November 2011. Photo by Keith Huang.

(Team Trivia: Michael Lutton came up with the team name, which won the majority of the votes, over gems such as “7 O’Clock,” “The Richard Cheddar Show,” and “Employee of the Month.”)

Inspirado winners!  Dumb challenge ("Beethoven"), February 2012

Inspirado winners! Dumb challenge (“Beethoven”), February 2012

Since then, BEEES!!! has performed regularly on Magnet Musical Tuesdays, survived two hurricanes (Irene and Sandy), won five Inspirado challenges, and performed in theaters and improv festivals throughout NYC and along the East Coast, including The Depot Theatre, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, NYC Improv Festival, and the New York Musical Improv Festival.

Harold Night at ImprovBoston, March 2012

Harold Night at ImprovBoston, March 2012

The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY, July 2012.

The Depot Theatre in Westport, NY, July 2012.

BEEES!!! is happy and proud to call the Magnet Theater home. Come this Friday, March 29th, at 7pm and join them in celebrating 2 years of making beautiful musical improv together.

The BEEES!!! opening, artistically rendered by Desireé Nash

The BEEES!!! opening, artistically rendered by Desireé Nash

BEEES!!! is: Jamie Cummings, Michael Lutton, Desireé Nash, Steve Whyte, Catherine Wing.

Sleepytime at Chateau Whyte, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, February 2013.

Sleepytime at Chateau Whyte, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, February 2013.