Missed Connections improv coming to Canmore artsPlace

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Don’t miss out on a hilarious improv show that was a big success at the Calgary Fringe Festival and is slated for Canmore’s artsPlace for one night on April 1.

The show is based on real Craigslist missed connections and performers mining them for comic gold and hard truths in the new totally improvised show Missed Connections.

Created by Loose Moose Theatre senior performers Ali Froggatt, Andrew Phung, Renee Amber, the show also features fellow Moosers Michael Roik, Ellis Lalonde and Quinn Contini, who is a regular with Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton.

The show was a hit at the 2015 Calgary Fringe Festival under the direction of Froggatt, founder of Sour Dog Theatre, and in addition to a regular home gig at the Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, performers have added tour dates including Canmore and the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

Froggatt is excited to bring the show to one of her favourite places in Alberta. “I love Canmore and am so excited to be performing in artsPlace. The venue for a show like ours is fantastic,” Froggatt said.

She says the concept for the show came to her from a real life missed connection and when she discovered the Craigslist online forum, she was enthralled.

“Some posts are weird, romantic, sexual, and some vulnerable and heart-warming. As a troupe of improvisers we use these real missed connections to inspire our short form improvised scene work,” Froggatt said.

“We either pull from a box of previously printed missed connections, ask the audience for a personal missed connection, or draw from our own experiences.

“As a troupe, we love this show because it exposes so much truth about us as human beings; behind every anonymous post is a real vulnerable person simply seeking human connection. Who can’t relate to that?”

The group’s Fringe success demonstrated they were on the right track.

“It quickly became the show I was always hoping it would become,” Froggatt said. “A ridiculously hilarious, yet heartfelt improv show, driven by the relationships and narrative we created on stage.

“We had an extremely successful first Fringe run, selling out almost every show. Audience members would come back and see it two, three, four times. Because of the nature of the show being fully improvised, we are able to guarantee audience members a different experience each time.”

Tickets are $20, and available at artsplacecanmore.com/programs or at the door.

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