An improvisational comedy show opens Friday in the Bob Dryden Theatre at Central Lakes College, but think of it as a show for the late night crowd.
Expect mature themes as the six-person cast of comedians tosses barbs in the direction of several Brainerd area public affairs issues, as well as converts suggestions from the audience into impromptu comedy routines.
With the unlikely title of "Mosquitoes Tore At My Flesh! Or How I Spent My Brainerd Summer Vacation," the comedy show is the second offering of Central Lakes College Theatre's summer season.
"Wizard of Oz" opens at 7:30 p.m. today for a 19-run performance at the John Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.
"Mosquitoes" is a "show based on improvisation and will take a satirical look at the happenings in the Brainerd lakes area," said CLC Theatre Director Patrick Spradlin, who is guiding the production.
Because of the show's adult-oriented content, the director said, curtain time was scheduled for 9:30 p.m. to attract the intended audience.
"It's a fast-paced assortment of sketches, songs and scenes performed on a bare platform stage, which has been converted into a night club setting," Spradlin said.
The audience -- the Dryden holds about 125 people --will be seated at tables, rather than theater style, with popcorn and soft drinks available.
Tickets are $10, with a $2 senior discount. Call the box office at 855-8199 or 800-933-0346.
Spradlin and his cast have developed several fixed scripts for the first half of the show, using "improvisation techniques, brainstorming and by combing the newspaper for source material," the director said.
The cast "will lampoon" such things as the Brainerd-Baxter annexation controversy, mosquito control, water fluoridation, tourism, gas prices, casino gambling and other key issues affecting area residents, he added.
The cast includes James Erfurth, Crosby; Rande Erickson, Baxter; Katie Hawley, Emily; David Hemenway, St. Cloud; Anna Midthun, Aitkin; and Heather Vaughan, Baxter. All have previous experience in CLC Theatre productions.
After opening night Friday, "Mosquitoes" will play Saturday, plus July 14-15, 21-22 and 28-29.
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