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By Patrice Shields

What do you get when you cross a therapist, a lawyer, and a theater director with a keyboardist and some random audience suggestions? You get “Singprov,” a show that blends musical improv games and songs into a toe-tapping, belly laughing night of fun. Improv master and CFABS’ Theater Director Craig Price and his troupe “You’ll See How It Goes,” bring Singprov to the stage at the Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs on Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm.

Led by the driving force behind Southwest Florida’s Improv comedy movement, Second City and Improv Olympic trained veteran Craig Price, the “Improv Tonight” show has grown from a sparsely attended drop-in open mic night in 2011 to a monthly show that fills CFABS’ Moe Auditorium and Film Center with laughter the first Saturday of each month. The troupe increases in size during season and includes year round performers Craig Price, Leigh Shein, Margot Escott, Steve Cobb, Marion Horgan and Bill Owens, with pianist Francis Briggs.

“Singprov brings improv to a whole new level,” says Craig Price. “Musical Improv takes all of the aspects of live improvisational comedy and puts it to music. Not only do we have to think fast on our feet, we have to sing fast on them too.”

Audience members offer suggestions for song titles and lyrics that the players must incorporate into a song on the spot. The results include improvised songs about “roadkill” and “keeping it kosher,” with refrains the entire audience can sing along to in perfect harmony – sometimes.

In addition to improv shows, CFABS’ offers an extensive roster of year round theater and improv classes for adults and children. Members of “You’ll See How It Goes” teach classes suitable for beginners through advanced students that include “Improv I,” “Stress Management Through Improv Comedy,” “Improv 2,” and “Advanced Improv Training.” Summer Camp classes that run June 8-August 18 offer improv fun for ages 4-18.

Would you like to take an improv class for free? Join the Centers for the Arts for the first time as an individual member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class, or join for the first time as a family member receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6- week class and two free tickets to a Live! Performance, including “Improv Tonight.” The Centers for the Arts offers this benefit for first time members and it is for a limited time only. The class and performance must be used before December 31, 2016.

CFABS’ also offers a family and youth friendly improv show at 4pm the first Saturday of each month called “Improv Café.” The show features young professional improv players “Mission Improvable,” trained through CFABS’ youth improv classes.

Tickets for “Improv Tonight” are $12 for Members of the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs, $15 for non-members and $17 at the door for all. Tickets for “Improv Café” are $6 for youth and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989.

The Centers for the Arts offers a full performance series including “Improv Tonight,” Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm & “Improv Cafe (youth and family friendly improv comedy),” at 4:00pm, “Meet the Composers Multimedia Series,” Sunday, June 5, 3:00pm, “Deb & The Dynamics,” Saturday, July 24, 8:00pm, and “Films for Film Lovers” foreign and independent film series on Monday evenings. Tickets for all of the events listed can be purchased at http://www.artcenterbonita.org or by calling the Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs at 239-495-8989.

IF YOU GO:

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: Improv Tonight!
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016; 8:00pm
COST: Tickets: $12 Members, $15 Non-members, $17 At Door

WHO: The Centers for the Arts of Bonita Springs
WHERE: The Center for Performing Arts Bonita Springs, 10150 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, FL 34135
WHAT: Improv Cafe! Youth & Family Friendly Improv Comedy
WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 2016; 4:00pm
COST: Tickets: $6 youth, $10 adults

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