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June, 2015

How the Internship Program Works

The Hideout offers internships assisting with our improv comedy shows every weekend as an option for those who would not otherwise be able to afford our adult improv classes, or people who are in a tight spot financially.

Basically if you sign up for an internship, you’ll do eight volunteer shifts (ten for musical improv classes) in exchange for half off the tuition cost for six weeks of classes. (You can intern for multiple levels in a row.) Once you’ve agreed to intern, our registrar will send you a coupon code to register for your class online.

The Hideout registrar makes the monthly schedule about a week before each new month begins, assigning a similar number of shifts to each intern, as availability allows (and taking your basic availability into account). You can also often pick up extra shifts when there are cancellations or special events/shows. The regular shifts are:

Thursdays 8pm and 10pm
Fridays 8pm and 10pm
Saturdays 6pm, 8pm and 10pm
Sundays 2pm and 8pm

Interns must show up 45 minutes before the start time of the show and should expect to stay for the duration of the show (for an 8pm show, you would arrive at 7:15pm and be done no later than 9:45). Upon arriving interns are assigned a task by the house manager—anything from selling or punching tickets to doing lighting or sound. If you work the box office or ticket taking position, you can still watch the show (although you will miss the first few minutes).

If you’re interested in interning in exchange for a discount on classes, email registrar@hideouttheatre.com.

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Getting To Know the Marathoners: Halyn Erickson

This is the seventh in a series of blog posts about each this weekend’s marathoners.  Don’t know what the marathon is? Find out here!

Halyn Erickson began watching shows at the Hideout Theatre in 2001, when she was in the 6th grade. She immediately began taking classes there as soon as she graduated high school in 2009. Since then she has been in 13 main-stage improv shows including Spirited, Austin Secrets, Process, Hurly Burly, TheatreSports, and is currently in rehearsals for the July/August 2015 Hideout main-stage show, Happily Ever After! She loves cats, illustration, chocolate chip cookies, and talking about herself in the third person. Seeing as she has been watching many of her fellow performers and friends since she was only kid, she is honored to be doing the marathon for a second time to raise money for the children’s program.

Click here to sponsor Halyn!

Why did you want to be involved in the marathon?

Well I was in the 43 Hour Marathon 3 years ago, but I was still pretty new at that time as I’d only been doing improv for a year and a half at that point. I wanted to do it again because I was really in my head last time and scared to jump out on stage, so I left wishing I had done more and tried more. Since then, I’ve been in many different shows and I’ve grown as an improvisor (and human being) so I’d like to tackle the marathon again and have more fun with it!

What excites you most about doing the marathon?

Meeting so many great performers and getting to be introduced to so many different types of shows! To me, that’s the best part of the marathon. You see how fucking brilliant this town is, and how many great shows are out there. I left feeling really inspired by all these great performers, and I can’t wait to feel that again!

What scares you most about doing the marathon?

Getting sick. I’m afraid something will happen and I won’t be able to finish it… eek!

Which format are you most excited about?

This is really hard to pick… I’m excited about The Devil and Halyn Erickson because that’s my little solo format, and I can’t wait to see what we do with 7 more people added to that…. I’m excited for Happily Ever After because IMPROVISED DISNEY MUSICAL… but I think I’m most excited for the Available Cupholders! They’re one of my favorite groups in Austin, and I deeply admire all of them. Plus that’s one of the last shows, so we’ll all be out of our minds by that point. 🙂

What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?

Something like 48 hours for the last marathon I was in!

What’s your dumb comfort item you’ll be bringing with you?

My over-sized teddy bear I’ve had since I was 14. And headphones. I need music!

What’s your pump up song?

Oh god it’s REALLY cheesy, but Thunderstruck by AC/DC gets me SO PUMPED AND EXCITED!

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Getting to Know the Marathoners: Michael Joplin

This is the sixth in a series of blog posts about each this weekend’s marathoners.  Don’t know what the marathon is? Find out here!

This will be Michael Joplin’s 2nd hideout marathon. He has been doing improv in Austin for more than 15 years. He performs regularly with The Available Cupholders, The Knuckleball Now, The Known Wizards and Brain Trust. He teaches improv for Merlin Works at Zach Theatre. He is a veteran of the Austin theater scene and does film and commercial work as well. He was named Best Actor in Austin by the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll in 2014. He is delighted to lose his mind again performing with such a talented cast for a great cause.

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Why did you want to be involved in the marathon?

Because it’s a awesome challenge in every way and you get to play with everyone!!!

What excites you most about doing the marathon?

Leveling up

What scares you most about doing the marathon?

My body giving in. Recent ankle injury. I’ll be icing it a lot between shows.

Which format are you most excited about?

Some highlights from my last marathon were Franz and Dave, JTS Brown, Dickens, and Black Vault. So many awesome formats and groups.

What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?

60 hours, total from the 44 hr marathon two years ago.

What’s your dumb comfort item you’ll be bringing with you?

Socks.

What’s your pump up song?

Bells of War – Wu Tang

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Getting to Know the Marathoners: Cat Drago

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts about each this weekend’s marathoners.  Don’t know what the marathon is? Find out here!

Cat Drago started improv at the Hideout Theatre four years ago and since then she has done shows such as RISEN, Kenjutsu, Nothing and Everything, and the upcoming Disney-style improvised musical, Happily Ever After. She also is accident prone and is experimenting with paleo dessert making without much success. Cat is so excited to be in the Marathon this year, and is particularly excited about raising money for the children’s program because of all the amazing work they are doing for kids with Autism, homeless and displaced kids and families, and kids who need to boost their confidence and have fun!

Click here to sponsor Cat!

Why did you want to be involved in the marathon?

The first improv show I ever saw was the 42 hour marathon and it was incredible. So awesome, I kept feeding my meter for like 21 hours to keep watching. I’ve wanted to do it ever since, just to be part of that magic. Plus the whole thing is a worthy cause, so that’s even better.

What excites you most about doing the marathon?

I am most excited about playing all these amazing formats with all these incredibly talented people.

What scares you most about doing the marathon?

I’m scared I’ll totally suck!

Which format are you most excited about?

I’m obsessed with Star Trek. I have my own uniform, go to comic cons, I have a Trek tattoo, the whole nine yards… so playing in Start Trekkin is a bucket list item for me.

What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?

Well ever since the 42 hour marathon, I’ve been watching the whole marathon every year, so I guess it would be around 55 hours or so? Since I watched the marathon last year, was awake that whole day before… oh and a bunch of us went to Dog & Duck (RIP) afterwards for a couple of pints. So yeah, I would guess at least 55 hours last year.

What’s your dumb comfort item you’ll be bringing with you?

It’s totally dumb, but there’s this one shirt that I’ve worn to every marathon since I’ve started. I have pictures of me sleep deprived, watching the stage all bleary-eyed in that shirt for the last four years, so yeah, that shirt is gonna have to work it’s way into my wardrobe somehow.

What’s your pump up song?

Sia’s Chandelier is my JAM right now.

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Getting to Know the Marathoners: Mike D’Alonzo

This is the fourth in a series of blog posts about each this weekend’s marathoners.  Don’t know what the marathon is? Find out here!

Mike D’Alonzo is one of the original members of Austin Theatresports, the first troupe to inhabit The Hideout. He has been involved in the world of sketch and improv comedy since 1989, having performed live and on television all over the world. Mike was an Executive Producer of Out of Bounds for three years, was a founding member of The Knuckleball Now and Gravy, and is a current member of Los Angeles Theatresports. He is thrilled to perform in his first Marathon with such a talented, warm, and friendly group of compatriots, and looks forward to hour 37.

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Why did you want to be involved in the marathon?

I really wanted to push myself and see if I could do it. Also, I wanted to be able to play in all of these formats with all of these amazing people. It’s honestly a vacation for me, and I’ve been looking forward to it for months.

What excites you most about doing the marathon?

The idea of just letting go and seeing how my brain will work with even fewer filters than normal, and giving in to the experience and trusting the people I’m in it with.

What scares you most about doing the marathon?

Sleep deprivation. Without a doubt. Scares the crap out of me. I’ve never been awake more than about 30 hours at a time.

Which format are you most excited about?

So many! I can’t wait to do some of the genre formats, like Dickens and Golden, and the Tech Nightmare. But I’m honestly looking forward most to the Cupholders-Fakespeare-Final show trifecta.

What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?

30 hours.

What’s your dumb comfort item you’ll be bringing with you?

I haven’t decided yet. I’m leaning toward making some fashion statements onstage that will be the sort of dumb comfort I’m looking for.

What’s your pump up song?

I have a couple. “Lay Your Hands on Me”  by Peter Gabriel is my all-time go to. I’m also surprisingly fond of “Turn Down For What.”

 

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Getting to Know the Marathoners: Sarah Marie Curry

This is the third in a series of blog posts about each this weekend’s marathoners.  Don’t know what the marathon is? Find out here!

Sarah Marie has been an acting singing improvising artistic adventurer for over fourteen years, with extensive experience in musical theatre and theatre management. She has been an improvisational actress since 2009 and is a proud member of the B. Iden Payne Award Winning Troupe: Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals. She has taught improv for three years at The Institution Theater. On stage she has been called “hilarious”, “fierce” and “truly exceptional” and was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role by the Austin, Texas Critics’ Table Awards for her performance work in 2014. It is an honor to perform in The 46 Hour Marathon and to support children’s programming at The Hideout Theater. A big damn honor.

Click here to sponsor Sarah Marie!

Why did you want to be involved in the marathon?

Because I’m 50% terrified and 50% ecstatic about the thought of doing it. That math is right where I want to live.

What excites you most about doing the marathon?

You can level the fuck up in your performance skills. Imagine breaking down all those mental bullshit barriers you put up when you’re “trying to improvise”. You let go. Even if if takes the monster of sleep deprivation to wrench your claw like hands away from the security of “trying”. You have no choice. You WILL let go.

What scares you most about doing the marathon?

Meeting myself beyond my ability to play polite. Complete loss of self control. The possibility of letting my teammates down with shitty improv and a shitty attitude. The pain.

Which format are you most excited about?

All of them. For reals. Think of all the amazing people I get to meet and work with in one weekend. Normally I’m pretty insulated. I’m managing and teaching at The Instituion so much and I don’t take the time to go out and the other rich work happening in our community. The marathon is an all you can eat buffet of improv! Every school! All the flavors! What a gift.

What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?

34 hours

What’s your dumb comfort item you’ll be bringing with you?

My fuzzy pj dinosuit. I was told that when our bodies start to shut down we’re going to get really cold. That dino is the warmest, silliest, best thing. I just hope no one is too bothered by a giant dino doing scene work.

Also, my lucky sweater. Quick Story! A dear friend of mine met a girl on acid at Cochella… She took one took at him and said “You neeeeeeed this.” and put a dirty brown sweater over his shoulders. Every button is different. It makes me look hipster cool. I added pretty pockets. Whenever I put it on, I think that it’s saving my life somehow. You know the moment you’re about to go on a bad trip and then someone gives you bubbles to blow? That little change in perception? This sweater gives you that, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to save my life in the marathon.

(Did you ever notice how when a person says “quick story” it is most often not quick…)

What’s your pump up song?

TOO MANY. Anything by Chvrches right now. Crystal Castles “Vietnam”, Animal Collective “My Girls”, Taylor Swift is damn delightful… sigh. This is a big question.

 

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Announcing the 46 Hour Improv Marathon Schedule

Do you want to know what each separate hour of the 46-Hour Improv Marathon is in more detail? Well, here you go. Each hour will feature all eight of our core marathon performers, of course, but most hours will also include special guests, unique formats and styles, and new challenges for body and mind. Most people come and watch several hours in a row!

 

1 Friday 5PM Teen Mixer The teens from the Hideout Summer Camp get the Marathon kickstarted right.
2 Friday 6PM And They’re Off The core cast gets to know one another in this anything-goes hour 
3 Friday 7PM Start Trekkin’ The Hideout’s hit take on the original Star Trek Series. Set phasers to ‘fun’.
4 Friday 8PM Fancy Pants The Fanciest Pantiest improv show in the Galaxy!
5 Friday 9PM At Home with Katy and Tony Two actual, lovely British people welcome the core 8 into their Living Room for this hour
6 Friday 10PM PGraph This award-winning, internationally touring group blends humor, drama, and storytelling in unexpected ways.
7 Friday 11PM The Knuckleball Now The fastest, quickest-wits in town. Scenes, characters, puns and plot-twists speed by in a rollercoaster of laughs.
8 Saturday 12AM Bad Boys The wildly popular ColdTowne troupe crashes the party
9 Saturday 1AM Squirrel Buddies Ukuleles, irreverence, positivity, and playfulness reign supreme in this hour
10 Saturday 2AM The Black Vault Improvised Cosmic horror inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
11 Saturday 3AM Golden Improvised Silent Stories
12 Saturday 4AM ColdTowne The Bat: improv in the dark… AKA a cruel trick to play on the Marathoners
13 Saturday 5AM Amazon and the Milksop Something crazy. And awesome. And crazy.
14 Saturday 6AM Cochise A fully improvised ‘70s cop show, created live from your suggestion
15 Saturday 7AM Marathon Alumni Show A blast from the past. Marathon Alumni come to support and advise the 2014 participants
16 Saturday 8AM Empty Promises A Harold group from ColdTowne
17 Saturday 9AM Building Connections Students from the Building Connections improv classes join the Marathoners
18 Saturday 10AM Dubbed Indemnity Famous movie and TV clips have had their sound removed, and it’s up to the cast to dub new dialogue.
19 Saturday 11AM Control Issues A really awesome show we were forced to change the name of. Formerly “Choose Your Own Adventure”
20 Saturday 12PM The Devil & Halyn Erickson A demon voice rules the block. This classic solo show is now an hour long thing.
21 Saturday 1PM History Under the Influence One very drunk narrator tells historical tales that the cast acts out.
22 Saturday 2PM What’s the Story, Steve? An adorable (and real!) dog goes on an adventure, aided by improv.
23 Saturday 3PM The Eye in the Storm The midpoint of the show… and a brief respite for the core 8 to do whatever they want. This is when they need you the most. Come cheer them on.
24 Saturday 4PM Charles Dickens Unleashed! Improvised Tales of Victorian England in the style of Charles Dickens
25 Saturday 5PM Double Marathon The Austin Runners Club stops by to talk about marathons during the marathon
26 Saturday 6PM Girls Girls Girls An improvised Broadway-style musical by an award-winning, all-lady cast.
27 Saturday 7PM Confidence Men 2-time B Iden Payne Award winning Confidence Men present improv in the style of David Mamet.
28 Saturday 8PM The Frank Mills The Legendary Improv Group
29 Saturday 9PM Scene of the Crime An improvised murder mystery full of twists, turns, big reveals, and big laughs.
30 Saturday 10PM Maestro 2.1 The Hideout’s longest-running improv show. Elimination-style improv games and scenes!
31 Saturday 11PM Maestro 2.2 The Hideout’s longest-running improv show. Elimination-style improv games and scenes! Hour 2!
32 Sunday 12AM Puppet Improv Project What’s better than improv with puppets? Improv with puppets starring improvisers who haven’t slept in 32 hours.
33 Sunday 1AM Happily Ever After A sample of the Hideout’s NEXT Mainstage: improvised Disney Musicals
34 Sunday 2AM Franz and Dave The characters of Kafka and Lynch collaborate on a “movie” based on the audience’s suggestion
35 Sunday 3AM MC Harold an improvised rap extravaganza
36 Sunday 4AM The Orphan is Displeased An orphan (Bridget Brewer) skypes into the Marathon to control the action
37 Sunday 5AM Tech Nightmare The tech booth rebels and controls the performers with random sounds, lighting cues, and music.
38 Sunday 6AM Care Bear Stare The Care Bears are here to bring badly animated joy to your lives.
39 Sunday 7AM Buzz Band The biopic of a 90s band that never existed… complete with their hit, improvised songs.
40 Sunday 8AM The Escorts Austin Improv darlings present a bold format.
41 Sunday 9AM Of Mice and Mostly Women A whip-smart high school group coached by Marathon alumnus Caitlin Sweetlamb
42 Sunday 10AM Fury Road Mad Max: Fury Road was a hell of a movie.
43 Sunday 11AM Spirited Improvised dreamscapes in the style of Lewis Carroll, Sendak, and Miyazaki
44 Sunday 12PM The Available Cupholders Austin improv legends make it go.
45 Sunday 1PM Fakespeare An improvised play in the style of William Shakespeare
46 Sunday 2PM Final Show The victory lap of the 8 core Marathoners. They’re free to do whatever they like… except sleep.

Well, what are you waiting for?! Purchase your tickets online, come down to the theater in person, or donate to our fundraiser from afar!

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Getting to Know the Marathoners: Quinn Buckner

This is the second in a series of blog posts about each this weekend’s marathoners.  Don’t know what the marathon is? Find out here!

Quinn Buckner is a rad dude who has been improvising since 2009 and is hooked forever. He has performed improv all over town from Coldtowne to the very own Hideout, the country from Hawaii to New York, and soon to be the world with trips planned for London and Tokyo in the fall.
All of the places he’s been and friends along the way wouldn’t of been possible if he hadn’t taken that first improv class way back when. That’s why and he wants to raise a money to give kids and those with special needs an opportunity to have awesome experiences and make some new friends where they may not of otherwise.
Click here to sponsor Quinn!

Why did you want to be involved in the marathon?

I keep hearing about this “level up that happens from doing all that improv in such a condensed time. I’m pretty interested in what that will look like as well as what I’m gonna be like as a person come hour 46

What excites you most about doing the marathon?

Doing this much improv all at once, and which such great people in the cast.

What scares you most about doing the marathon?

Not knowing how my body and psyche will react to staying up that long!

Which format are you most excited about?

Golden because I love that silent film style and Dubbed Indemnity because who doesn’t like being a wiseass.

What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?

I’d have to guess at right around 24 hours via an all-nighter or two in college.

What’s your dumb comfort item you’ll be bringing with you?

A stuffed crab named ‘crabbers’

What’s your pump up song?

Gah so many, right now I’d have to say ‘Holding On To You’ – Twenty One Pilots

 

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Get to Know the Marathoners: Brett Tribe

This is the first in a series of blog posts about each this weekend’s marathoners.  Don’t know what the marathon is? Find out here!

Brett Tribe has been regularly performing improv for 9 years and has a degree in Theatre Arts from Binghamton University. He has a weekly show with the troupe Bad Boys at Coldtowne on Friday nights.
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Why did you want to be involved in the marathon?

The Marathon was the first improv show I saw in Austin when I moved here nearly 6 years ago. I’ve performed at least once in every marathon except last year. I love what it does for the kids and what it does for the community.

What excites you most about doing the marathon?

Testing my improv skills.

What scares you most about doing the marathon?

Possibly going crazy and having to quit.

Which format are you most excited about?

Confidence Men. I’m a theatre nerd and I love David Mamet. Second is Start Trekkin’ even though I don’t like Star Trek. I’m honoring my nerdy 13 year old self.

What’s the longest you’ve ever stayed awake?

32-ish hours, I think. I was involved in a 24 hour radio theatre marathon in college. I did a full day, then did the full 24 hours and then went home and did some other stuff before finally going to sleep.

What’s your dumb comfort item you’ll be bringing with you?

My body pillow.

What’s your pump up song?

Lamb of God – Ashes in the Wake.

 

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When is a Door Not Just a Door?

I started taking improv classes at the Hideout in 2001. Back then, there was a raised stage downstairs (different from the one there now), and the upstairs theatre was rotated, so that its stage was aligned length-wise across the room (if you walked in and turned right, you’d be facing it). At some point, the downstairs lost its stage (and a backstage bathroom), the upstairs rotated to where it is now, and two set pieces were built–a door and a window. They are permanent fixtures of the upstairs theatre.

There is something nice about not having to improvise everything. Sure, you can walk into a room through a mimed door, or even “knock” on it by classically stomping your foot for effect. But as the audience, we always see the person at the door before they come in. There’s no mystery to the entrance, only to what it will bring.

The me, a door is the ultimate symbol of mystery. What waits behind it? Who will enter next? Is someone listening through the crack? It’s the one and only set piece I knew I wanted for “Scene of the Crime”, the improvised murder mystery show currently playing in the Hideout’s downstairs theatre. But I knew we couldn’t just build a door permanently into the stage. Every run of shows the Hideout does these days is different and unique, and who’s to say they all want doors in them?

No, this door had to be portable. It had to be able to be, if needed, collapsed after every show and re-set before the next. On top of that, I had it in my head that it needed to be a double door. A bit more elegant, more classic than a standard door, the fact of its existence on stage would make it somewhat unusual for an improv show. It was bound to create intrigue.

So, the challenge: How do you make a double door that’s mobile? Well, you enlist the help of long-time improviser and engineer extraordinaire, Jay Michael.


Essentially, we built an 8-foot frame for a set of 4-foot double doors, then attached legs to the back. But because the door had to be mobile, the legs are comprised of a set of hinges: You can fold the floor leg up, and the diagonal strut to the side, thus collapsing the door into, essentially, a large square flat that could easily lean against a wall for storage, leaving a relatively small footprint on the space.

But how to keep the door standing? Yeah, you’ve got to weigh down the legs, but we’re talking about a pretty large, heavy door. That’s either a truckload of sand bags, screwing it into the stage itself, or what Jay and I devised: Clamping the legs to the back of the stage, and securing the top with safety straps.

Theoretically, the design and physics made sense. But one never knows until one does. And so with baited breath, we clamped our door in, locked down its straps, and gave it a whirl.

And now the cast gives it many a whirl every week in the show. Yes, the door is solid—and, as it turns out, we have yet to fold it up and store it. It will remain a permanent adornment to the stage through the end of the show’s run.

Which means you have until the end of June to see the “door of mystery” in use, a minor-engineering marvel, courtesy of the hard work of the talented Jay Michael. After that, who knows? It may… just… vanish!

Click here to get tickets to see the door Saturdays in June at 8pm! Watch Scene of the Crime while you’re there!

 

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