Thursday, April 17, 2014

Splash! With Glitter Tattoos!

If I have one super power it is that I can watch a movie I really enjoy over and over again and still get as much joy out of it as the first time, sometimes more. Hence, the mission of First Time Film Club to make sure that everyone gets a chance to see the best movies ever.

Splash fun facts!

It seems like just about EVERY 80s movie star passed on the role of Alan Bauer before it got to Tom Hanks.Michael Keaton, Chevy Chase, John Travolta (you'll do Look Whose Talking but not Splash? Really John?) Bill Murray, Dudley Moore, Jeff Bridges, Richard Gere, Kevin Kline and Burt Reynolds all passed. Can you picture Splash with Burt Reynolds? Yikes.

Same goes for the role of Madisson. Tatum O'neil, Michelle Pfeiffer, Julia Louis Dryfus, Melanie Griffith, Diane Lane, Kathleen Turner, Sharon Stone, Jodie Foster, Rosanna Arquette and Brooke Sheilds all said no before Daryl Hannah came on board. Bonus, Splash is credited with originating the name Madisson, which is now one of the most popular girls names ever!

Now lets all picture Splash starring Burt Reynolds and Sharon Stone... shiver.

Also, Daryl Hannah refused to eat real lobster (shes a vegetarian) and so the lobster shells were filled with tofu... she still cried after each take because the lobsters still had to die for their shells.

John Candy nailed the raquet ball to the head scene, literally, in one take.

And, just for fun: Eugene Levy
Join us for Splash! 
We'll be giving out Leis and adorning you with free glitter tattos!
Bookmans has provided more great prizes!

Thursday April 24 at 7:30
Saturday April 26 at 1:30
only $8!
www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html 

Monday, April 7, 2014

What the Heck is the Pay What You Want Hi 5 Benefit Show?

That's an excellent question. My, you are an inquisitive and alert individual!

The Pay What You Want Hi 5 Benefit Show!
Sunday April 13, 2:00,  All Ages and you PAY WHAT YOU WANT!
All of the proceeds will go to the Hernandez family to aid in their quest to have a family.

Still seems mysterious... let's break it down...

Pay What You Want.
This simply means that the sticker price for this Comedy Show is up to you. If you want to kick in 5 bucks because its the Hi 5 Comedy Show and that seems like a nice round number, fair enough. You can pay $5 and enjoy the show. If you want to kick in $8, which is the traditional cost of our non-Competitive Comedy fare, great. If you want admission to be $12 for Students and Seniors and $14 for adults because, well, that's what your used to and you're a creature of habit, set in your ways and unlikely to change ever again... ok. You can pay a dollar. You can pay $37.50. You can do the three easy payments of 9.99 plus shipping and handling... its up to you!
Every dollar you contribute will benefit the Hernandez family in their quest to have a family of their own.

Hi 5 Comedy Show.
We're putting 5 different acts on stage to delight, amuse, bewilder and enchant you.

Benefit for the Hernandez Family
As you may know, NCT Directors Dorian & Krissy Lenz have 2 beautiful children that they love and adore to infinity and beyond. Johanna & Michael are Dorian's cousins and they reached out to the family requesting whatever aid could be given in their quest to have a child of their own in spite of overwhelming difficulty, odds and costs.
So, Dorian, Krissy, NCT and even our friends from the Torch Theatre in Phoenix are contributing what we can.... which is comedy.
The idea is that we can all get together, have a great time and laugh and maybe be inspired to help out two wonderful people bring more love into the world. Yeah?

You can read more about Johanna and Michael and their story by clicking Here.

Oh, and Johanna is making some delicious artisan cupcakes too. Don't forget the cupcakes... there will be cupcakes.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Voyage Trekkers Live! From the Web, to the Big Screen and on Stage!

Guys, have you seen the amazing and award winning and all around awesome web series Voyage Trekkers?

Voyage Trekkers is a comedy web series about the worst starship crew in the Galactic Union.  Lead by the charismatic but self-centered Captain Sunstrike (Adam Rini), with the help of the unfazed first officer Commander Powell (Logan Blackwell), and the exasperated Doctor Rena (Gabrielle Van Buren), they seek to climb their way up the space adventure ladder.

Well, you can watch the series online, which I highly recommend...  but I also really REALLY highly recommend that you check out Voyage Trekkers Live at National Comedy Theatre on Thursday April 10th!

Not only will we be showing you a couple of our favorite episodes, we will also have the real life Commander Powell and Doctor Rena here with us for an improvised epsiode that YOU (The Audience) will get to take part in!

We've never done anything like this before and we are really looking forward to the collaboration with the Voyage Trekkers gang. Some of the episodes were even filmed right here at NCT!

its only $8 to see improv slash web series history in the making.... AND the proceeds are all going toward the making of Voyage Trekkers: The Movie!

 Get tickets HERE!


Saturday, March 15, 2014

The Walking Dead: Final Episodes! Photo Booth! Give-A-Ways!

Rick & Daryl checkin out the big screen...
We're down to the last 3 episodes of Season 4!
Check out our Rick & Daryl Photo Booth


How meta is a picture of someone taking a picture of a photo booth?


...AND on Sunday the 30th its a MARATHON leading up to the Season Finale!
Join us starting at 11:00am for all of the episodes from the second half of season 4 and, at 6:00pm The Season Finale!
We have some cool stuff to give a way, including Sheriff Grimes badges, ZomBears and Splat Ball Brains! All you have to do to snag one is swing by the FREE screening, snap a pic with Rick n Daryl and tag NCT Phoenix on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

And, as always, $4 craft beer! $5 Copa Di Vino! FREE Popcorn when you buy anything else from concessions!


THIS Sunday 3/16 & next Sunday 3/23: 5:00pm Last Weeks Episode 6:00pm NEW Episode!

Sunday 3/30 MARATHON begins at 11:00pm 6:00pm SEASON FINALE!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Auditions! Frequently Asked Questions...

This Sunday at 1:00 we are going to be looking for some talented, fun, energetic individuals to join our number in the Thursday Night Troupe.

There are always questions that come up and hopefully this FAQ will solve some of the riddles and encourage you to come on out. If, for any reason, you find your questions have not been answered, feel free to comment and we'll get ya covered quick as a whip!

We only hold auditions once a year, so don't miss this one!

Q: Do I need experience to audition?
A: Nope. We're going to train the people we select in the ways of the force and teach them everything they need to know to be a successful part of the Thursday Night Troupe. Casting wont be based on your previous experience, but rather on the skills you show us at auditions.

Q: What should I bring?
A: A great attitude! We will have you fill out a brief  info sheet when you arrive and we will take your picture so, just arrive a few minutes early and you will be all set.

Q: How many people are you going to cast?
A: As many or as few as we want. We're amazingly flexible here at National Comedy Theatre. If we see 10 people that we think would be great additions to NCT, we can cast all 10. If, by some odd chance, we just dont think anyone at all will work out, we can cast 0... so there is no need to worry about grappling your way into one of 3 open spots or anything like that. Just come on by, do the best you can and if the time is right, you'll make it!

Q: What are you looking for in auditioners?
A: In a hilarious case of irony, we are not actually looking for the FUNNIEST people at auditions. "What?" you say, "How can that be?? You run a COMEDY show, certainly you MUST want to cast ONLY hilarious people???"
Actually, that's not the case. What we are actually looking for is positive energy, listening and responding in the moment without a lot of already planned out characters and one liners, good team work and sharing focus with the other people on stage, etc. We get really excited about people who respond positively, make bold choices, make statements that add information without asking questions and generally have a good time on stage.
Is that a lot of improvey mumbo-jumbo? Let me simplify: Be positive and have fun!

Q: What will the schedule be like for those that make the team?
A: The Thursday Night Team maintains a schedule of weekly rehearsals and monthly shows. Those cast will participate in a training "Boot Camp" and then join the rest of TNT in their weekly rehearsals.

Q: Who will be evaluating the auditions?
A: Directors Dorian & Krissy Lenz make all final decisions. TNT Coach Jacob "Chico" Talbert will also be evaluating auditions.

Q: Why audition for Thursday Night Troupe (TNT) instead of the Main Stage cast? I want to be on the Main Stage cast!
A: The Thursday Night Troupe is where we train and develop the performers that will eventually join the Main Stage cast. When the Main Stage team has an opening, we will look to the talented and dedicated cast of the Thursday Night Team to fill the opening.

Q: Do we really have to keep it clean? I mean, really?
A: Well. Yes. 99% of National Comedy Theatre's shows are All Ages, the only exception being the monthly Midnight Show. So... yeah. We're casting All Ages shows, "blue" comedy and bad language wont impress. 

Q: If I miss auditions is there another way to make it onto the team?
A: We sometimes move people up to TNT when they have successfully completed Level 3 training and we think they would be a good fit. But, other than that, nope. So dont miss auditions!

Q: Do we get paid?
A: In knowledge and improv comedy power!

Thanks for your interest! We cant wait to see you at this year's auditions! 
Don't forget to let us know if we missed your questions!



Sincerely,

Krissy Lenz
National Comedy Theatre
602-374-5638
krissy@nctphoenix.com

www.nctphoenix.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Summer Kids Camps Announced

Summer Camps for Kids Camp; Teens!
Kids Improv Camp Camp; Performance
$150
Ages 7-11     June 16-20  12-2:00pm Monday- Friday, SHOW on Friday at 2:15pm
Kids are amazingly creative and spontaneous. National Comedy Theatre’s Improv Comedy Camp will teach them to hone their creative energy into team work, listening skills, trust and self confidence through fun, no pressure improv games. The 5 day camp will cap off with a half hour show on the last day of camp.
Discounts are available for kids that sign up with a friend. Class size is limited and summer kids camp tends to sell out so get your spot today!
National Comedy Theatre’s award winning and critically acclaimed improv comedy shows and classes have been taught and performed all over the country and the world. NCT’s instructors have years of teaching experience and performance training. www.nctphoenix.com
 To inquire or register please email workshops@nctphoenix.com or call 602-374-5638

Tween & Teen Improv Comedy Camp Camp; Performance
$150
Ages 12- 15   June 16- 20   3:00pm- 5:00pm   Monday- Friday, SHOW on Friday at 5:15
For tweens & early teens who want to learn some super fun and totally positive improv comedy. National Comedy Theatre’s Improv Comedy Camp will teach kids to hone their creative energy into team work, listening skills, trust and self confidence through slightly more challenging improv games and exercises. The 5 day camp will cap off with a half hour show on the last day of camp.
Discounts are available for kids that sign up with a friend. Class size is limited and summer camp tends to sell out so get your spot today!
National Comedy Theatre’s award winning and critically acclaimed improv comedy shows and classes have been taught and performed all over the country and the world. NCT’s instructors have years of teaching experience and performance training. www.nctphoenix.com

Teen Improv Music Camp; Genre Intensive
$175
Ages 12- 17   June 23- 27   12:00- 2:00pm   Monday- Friday
Teens with a little bit of improv experience will find a fun and exciting challenge in National Comedy Theatre’s Music & Genre Intensive. In this class we will explore the elements of musical improv games & exercises as well as individual genres such as Shakespeare, western, sci-fi and more.
Discounts are available for kids that sign up with a friend. Class size is limited and summer camp tends to sell out so get your spot today!
National Comedy Theatre’s award winning and critically acclaimed improv comedy shows and classes have been taught and performed all over the country and the world. NCT’s instructors have years of teaching experience and performance training. www.nctphoenix.com

Sunday, March 9, 2014

UPDATED!!! Big Screen Zombies! The Walking Dead Viewing Party Every SUNDAY at NCT

***because of daylight savings time the broadcast of NEW EPISODES AIRS AT 6:00pm***
We've got a big screen. Big. Like, 14ft.
We use it for our Spoof N Cinema Shows and for the First Time Film Club...

But now we've also got an HD projector.
And we've got Direct TV.


Lets make the most of it why dont we?

Sunday nights we are screening Walking Dead on AMC.
Mayhaps some of you, like some of us, are pretty obsessed with Rick, Darryl, the walkers, and the ever deteriorating situation in post zombie-apocalypse Atlanta.
Mayhaps you, like I, gasped and bawled at the mid-season ender... find out whats happening now!

Join us on Sundays for the last episodes of the Walking Dead, Season 4.

5:00- last episode
6:00 NEW EPISODE
7:00 Talking Dead


We have Zombie Pops & Zombie popcorn FREE (whenever you purchase anything else from Concessions or Bar)


So join us! Its totally FREE and the concession bar will be open.

And stay tuned, on Sunday the 30th we are going all out for the SEASON FINALE and the marathon leading up to it! Rick & Daryl Photo Booth, anyone?

email us or call 602-374-5638 for details and check the events page online.