By Jill Fox
A local improvisation troupe may have found a new home inside of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.
Sick Puppies Improv Comedy Troupe, founded in 2012 by Casey Casperson, has grown from a dozen people to 23 cast members. After rehearsing on site for the past seven weeks, their first Coral Springs show will take place on Saturday.
“The optimism for both parties is that we start to cultivate and grow some improv comedy culture in the Coral Springs area, and we would love for the Center for the Arts to be the home for that,” said Casperson.
The live improv show is interactive and often uses suggestions from the audience to influence the performance.
“Everything we do in the show is completely made up,” said Casperson. “Nothing is planned in advance.”
The performances include various formats, from monologues, to group scenes, and sometimes even an improv musical, where the cast creates a chorus, dance, and plotline on the spot.
But the troupe does more than perform: They also hold comedy classes, where they teach the skills of improv. Casperson is hoping to create a future “education center” at the center. They also have “improv your business” courses, where people learn how to use improv to improve their business skills, by listening and reacting in real, honest ways.
One of the troupe’s favorite things to do is travel to comedy festivals, where they have performed in New York City, Chicago, and all over Florida.
Currently, they have comedy shows in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, and Fort Lauderdale, but Casperson said the troupe would love to make a home in a place like Coral Springs, where they can provide regular weekly entertainment.
“They’re giving us a shot, and we’re really grateful.”
The Sick Puppies Improv Comedy Show will take place on Saturday, August 24, at 7:30 p.m., with another following at 9:00 p.m. at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts.
Tickets to either show can be purchased in advance for $15, or at the door for $20. For those interested in making a night of it, a night pass, including entries to both the early performance, showcasing newer cast members, and the late show, featuring the main stage cast, is $20. All tickets will cost an additional $5 at the door. Show attendees must be 16 or older due to adult language and content.
For tickets and more information, visit SickPuppiesComedy.com
Coral Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.
- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She is currently a Senior Account Director at Lon Haber & Co., a leading full-service public relations firm. Fox worked at NBC Miami for eight years after graduating from the University of Miami. She lives in Parkland with her husband, Brian and two children.