Improv group looks to make shows monthly

Perry Bergson
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Even an improv group can crave a little bit of structure.

Colleen Clark, Ryan Hughes, Adreanna Boucher and Nick Pawlak ham it up before an Off The Cuff improve show at Dr. Java’s Coffee House on Saturday evening.

Even an improv group can crave a little bit of structure.

Prince Albert’s Off The Cuff is looking to make its shows at Dr. Java’s Coffee House a regular occurrence.

“This is our fourth time at Dr. Java’s; we’re trying to make it into a monthly thing,” says Adreanna Boucher, the group’s co-ordinator and co-owner of Boucher Entertainment that oversees the troupe.

Off The Cuff was hired for about a dozen Christmas parties, with other bookings that include birthday parties, fundraisers retirement parties and even corporate office shows.

They will be unveiling a new side of their creative process when they play at the Shellbrook After Tax Party.

“For that one it will be a little different,” Boucher says. “We’ll be doing improv like tonight and also some original skits that we’re working on, sort of SNL (Saturday Night Live) stuff but without the big SNL tech side and budget.”

There are about eight people in the group, with three or four actors used in each show. On Saturday evening, Boucher was joined by Colleen Clark, Ryan Hughes and Nick Pawlak.

“I like that there’s no script. It’s fun just to get up onstage and entertain the audience,” Pawlak says. “It’s a great experience and it’s fun to work with this team of improv specialists.”

Clark agrees.

“I get excitement, enjoyment,” she says. “I get to see the smiles on people’s faces.”

The actors are mixed and matched for shows, with some combinations working better than others.

Hughes notes that they don’t rehearse, making familiarity a big part of the process.

“We kind of know where this person is going to go and we trust each other that we’re going to pick that person up if they’re faltering or sinking a little bit,” he says. “You’re actually building on trust with people who you don’t normally get to work with and all of a sudden you have this bond with a person for one hour a month who you normally don’t even see.”

Originally formed for an Odyssey fundraiser a couple of years ago, the troupe spun itself off under the banner of Boucher Entertainment.

They played their first show at the coffee house in September.

Chad Mogg, the owner of Dr. Java’s Coffee House, has brought musicians in before and may also host book readings in his 15th Street East business.

He says it’s good for everybody.

“As long as it’s family friendly, we’re always here to support any local act or artist that’s in town that wants to perform,” he said. “It’s great to see when people want to come here to perform but it’s better to see the community supporting local acts.”

Tickets to Off The Cuff performances cost $15 and are available at Dr. Java’s. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

But the group is looking for more work as well.

“We’re not just a Christmas party option,” Hughes says. “Your clients, your employees, they’re run down by the end of March. We’re something that can lighten the mood at a good cost.”

The group can be contacted at Boucher Entertainment (306-922-2505) or through Facebook pages for Off The Cuff or Boucher Entertainment.



Organizations: Boucher Entertainment, Coffee House, Prince Albert Tax Party

Geographic location: 15th Street East

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