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Friday September 20, 2013, 4:31pm - by WillyAppelman

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This coming Saturday (September 29th) will mark the 100th session since instructor Sean Taylor began the Magnet Saturday Drop-In. We caught up with him for a short Q & A to find out more about what the drop-in is!

Magnet Theater Blog (MTB): What is the Magnet Saturday Drop-In?
Sean Taylor (ST): Every Saturday, one of The Magnet’s top house performers hosts a $10 two hour drop-in improv comedy workshop on a topic of his or her choice. Workshops have ranged in everything from traditional scene and character work to abstract group games.

MTB: Is the Drop-In for anyone?
ST: Although we won’t turn anyone away, improvisors with at least a level one (or equivalent) experience will gain the most from it. Whether you are looking to play with new improvisors, get some reps in between classes or just brush up on your fundamentals, the Saturday Drop-In is the perfect place to be. It’s also a great way to kick the weekend off right.

MTB: How does the class run? Is there a structure to the Drop-In class??
ST: The workshops vary each week based on who is instructing but, in general, the session begins with a warm-up period, then a scene exercise or two, and typically concludes with a longform montage.

MTB: So, you instruct most of the sessions- what happens when you’re not there?
ST: You will always be in good hands at the Saturday Drop-In. Veteran performers and instructors including my Junior Varsity compatriot Jamie Rivera, Friday Night Show’s Frank Bonomo, Hello Laser’s Dave Warth, Horses’ Kelly Buttermore, and Chet Watkins’ Karsten Cross have all had a hand in the first hundred sessions.

MTB: How can I find out when the next session is being held?
ST: All upcoming sessions are listed on our website under the Saturday Drop-In. With few exceptions for major holidays, it’s every Saturday from 1-3pm at the Magnet Theater (as opposed to the Training Center). You can also be added to a mailing list by attending any Drop-In in person or emailing sean@magnettheater.com.

MTB: Anything else you want to say?
ST: At the Saturday Drop-In, we put the “fun” in improv fundamentals!

Friday January 13, 2012, 3:56pm - by Chano Garcia
A big congratulations goes out to Hello Laser, The Boss, and Junior Varsity, who celebrated five awesome years at Magnet Theater at Thursday Night Out last week.

Phooka opened the night, and after great comedy from some of the tightest groups in the city, the evening ended with a heartfelt “Thank You” to these excellent teams from one of Magnet’s founders, Armando Diaz.  I have to say it truly was one of those rare evenings where the energy was contagious. Each team did more than just show up, did more than just killed, but combined to create an experience whereby the audience started looking at each other, silently corroborating that we were all indeed witnessing something magic and memorable.
But the strongest truth on display that night: Playing with your friends for so long, in this case five years, breeds a deep trust and playful aggression that generates an easy intensity and ridiculously funny show.
Here are some pics:

Hello Laser: Corey Grimes, Alex Marino, Alan Fessenden, Dave Warth

Wednesday January 4, 2012, 4:09pm - by rickandrews

Tomorrow night at the Magnet is the 5th anniversary of some very special fellows and ladies.  Hello Laser, The Boss, and Junior Varsity, The Magnet’s most veteran house teams, all turn five years old.

Five years is a long time to be an improv team, and you can see that experience borne out every Thursday in the playfulness, patience, trust and skill that these teams exhibit every time they hit the stage.

Come on out tomorrow night and laugh until your silly once again.  Vets Phooka will open up the night at 8pm, followed by Laser, Boss and JV.  At 10pm, there’s a big mix-em up with all the teams as players swap sides for a set or two.  Join everyone at local watering hole Mustang Sally’s after the show for the official after party.

Whew.  We can’t wait.  It’s been a crazy ride.  To celebrate their achievement in longevity, we at the Mblog thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some old photos of these teams so you can see what they were like through the years…

 

2007

Here's the Hello Laser boys back in year 1, right after being cast by Armando Diaz, and right before finding that dead body and getting threatened by local greaser Jack Bauer.

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Friday November 18, 2011, 2:13am - by admin

 

As you can see, Magnet has a new website.  Hoooray!!!

Here’s a quick message from Ed Herbstman:

Wow. Welcome to the new site.  Took a little while, huh?  We were pretty ambitious with this overhaul that it took a long time.  I’ll admit, there were moments when it seemed like it wouldn’t happen.  Like when we had to stop work to prepare for Y2K.  Or when we took a break to watch the moon landing on television.  And who could forget Appomattox?

Well, now the new site is here and we hope you really like it and find it useful and clear.

I want to personally and loudly thank Sean Taylor for his incredible job making this new site come alive.  Please tell him what a great job he did next time you see him.

Also thanks to Chris Camp and Justin Moran.  I am jealous of your skills.  I wish I paid attention during advanced PHP, CSS, Javascript and mySQL class but I was too busy being not as smart as you.  I thank you both for being patient with me during the site build. And further thanks to Rick Andrews, and Peter McNerney for their very helpful insights and feedback, along with a lot of busywork and testing.

There are a few other people who helped out along the way, and I also want to thank them.  Frank Bonomo, Christian Capozzoli, TJ Mannix, Armando Diaz, Alex Marino, Marcy Jarreau, Mark Grenier, Elizabeth Findlay and James Eason.

The site was designed by Graham Slick.

You’ll see there are a lot of blog entries.  And starting now you can make comments on posts.  So feel free to comment.

And please comment on this post to let us know what you think of the  new site.

We’ll be testing the settings on the blog in the coming days, so it may be possible that your comment does not show up right away.  This is just part of testing and will be fully operational soon.

That said, if you find something broken or missing, or have a suggestion for something that might improve the site, please let us know.  You can report bugs on the Contact Us page, and in the drop down you’ll see ‘report a bug’.  Or email webmaster@magnettheater.com directly.

Sincerely,

Ed

Thursday April 28, 2011, 12:30pm - by admin

Chainsaw – Written by Jon Bander (Phooka). Directed and Edited by George Gross.

 

Featuring many Magnet Theater performers: Jared McGrail, Rachel Rauch, Bianca Casusol, Nick Bacan, Steph Garcia, Adam Taylor, Danielle Tolley, Jon Bander, Sean Taylor, Dan, Lucia Brizzi and Nicholas Feitel.

 

Good work everyone!