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Mira Costa Presents 'Tonight's Play'

Jan 24, 2017 12:44PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Looking for a one-of-a-kind experience? You're in for a unique treat at "Tonight's Play," the Mira Costa High School Drama/Tech Department's winter improvisation show this weekend.

"Tonight's Play" will be performed on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, January 28 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the new Mira Costa "small theater."

The performance will showcase the talents of Mira Costa High School's improvisational players in a long form improvised show where audience suggestions guide the scenes. Every showing will be different than the one before, with each performance entertaining its audience in its own spontaneously hilarious and human way.

"We are very excited about 'Tonight's Play,' and I don't know of another high school that has attempted this kind of narrative improvisation," said director Cathy Shambley-Baer. "It is only because of the support of such a vital, engaged and enlightened community that this kind of endeavor is happening."

The show is billed as featuring "quirky, improvised, on-the-spot interactions between characters" that will lead to "laughter and other emotions" as cast members follow the audience prompts. 

According to Shambley-Baer's production notes, i
mprovisation has been used in story telling for centuries.  "We’ve learned that even the great playwrights of Shakespeare and Comedia Dell’ Arte times began with characters and premise and let the actors help find the story," she said. "Improvisation techniques are used all over the world in drama, but also for successful business skills of communication, educational development and building teamwork abilities."

Shambley-Baer added: "For the last few months, this intelligent and zany cast have been workshopping the skills to pull off this courageous creation. Enjoy the ride."

Tickets are available 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Mira Costa High School Drama Room (Room #1), online at, and at the box office on show dates. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors ($1 additional for online orders).

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