BRISTOL — Elkhart Civic Theatre is putting on its first improv festival and competition with six talented comedy troupes.
Comedy Criminals, a fundraiser for Elkhart Civic Theatre, is inviting comedy teams from Chicago; Lima, Ohio; Granger; Syracuse; Chesterton; and Indianapolis to the Bristol Opera House to make audiences laugh out loud. The troupes will battle it out on stage for the title of Comedy Criminals of the Year plus free stage time provided by The Drop Comedy Club in South Bend.
The audience will judge preliminary rounds at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. March 29 — two shows for the price of one. The final round of the competition will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 5 with special guest judges including Elkhart Truth managing editor Marshall King, WNIT-TV personality Gordy Young and Chicago Comedy Film Festival founder Jessica Hardy.
“Improv started as a serious acting training, but quickly became a fun, interesting way to create comedy,” Elkhart Civic Theatre executive director Dave Dufour said in a news release. “It’s fast-paced, on-the-edge entertainment, and the competitive aspect of our festival makes it even more fun.”
Comedy Criminals comes with a PG-13 rating, and parents should use discretion in determining if the event is appropriate for their children, according to organizers.
Tickets for the preliminary rounds are $12 for two shows and $12 for the final round. Both shows will be at the Bristol Opera House, 210 E. Vistula St. For reservations, call 574-848-4116 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or buy tickets online at elkhartcivictheatre.org.
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