The THS ImprovaTeerS, Tullahoma High School’s theatrical honor society, will present the “Post Comedy Theatre” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the THS auditorium.
Regular tickets are $20 and VIP “talk-back” tickets are available for $30. VIP tickets include admittance into the show and exclusive access to an after-show Q&A session with artist Robert Post.
About Robert Post
Actor? Comedian? Dancer? Juggler? Robert Post creates a charismatic comedy feast that unleashes the imagination and defies description. Equally at home in concert halls or classrooms, he’s an entire theatre company himself, specializing in rapid-fire character changes, even different roles for different body parts. The New York Times wrote, “Post merits a place on anybody’s all star team of the goofily gifted.”
Over the past 27 years, Post has performed in almost every conceivable setting, including street corners, dinner theaters, prisons, factories, schools, TV commercials, homeless shelters, festivals, riverboats, and with symphony orchestras.
He has created over 30 works since 1973, for which he has received numerous awards and fellowships. Post is an alumnus of the Affiliate Artists Program and has taken his one-man performance to 45 states, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and throughout the Mediterranean and Russia.
Post’s work has been seen across the U.S. and in Canada on national television (PBS) in a special award-winning special, “Robert Post In Performance,” and regionally in a variety of PBS educational programs for high school students.
Over the past several years, in addition to his coast-to-coast tours, he co-created a new version of “The Nutcracker” and co-directed “Coppelia” and “Cinderella” for BalletMet Columbus. He also serves as an adjunct professor and co-directed “Vaudeville,” an evening of original works by MFA students, for The Ohio State University Department of Theatre.
Post’s one-man show was presented by Broadway’s internationally acclaimed New Victory Theater to rave reviews and sold out houses.
For his upcoming performance at THS, theater director Aaron Miller said Post will select from various works in his repertoire including:
* “SPIKED,” an impossibly fast-paced work set entirely to a sound effects tape;
* POST Child, a duet with a puppet (created by Henson Studio artist Matthew Brooks) that looks like a third grade version of Post;
* Pasquale’s Kitchen, a wacky TV chef who whips up a culinary feast of juggling, visual gags, dialects, jokes, magic and rhythm;
Beyond the Wall (A Mystery), a “tour de force,” with six characters and a quick change murder mystery;
* Ballet 101, a hysterical parody of a ballet instructor; and
* Tango, a “passionate” dance with red long johns.
All of the works are presented in a relaxed, improvisational performance style that breaks down the wall between performer and audience.
“Those in need of a laugh, actually a lot of laughs, should make a beeline to the box office,” said Miller. “He is so good. It’s live theater in the only way that he can do it. Its pantomime, theater magic, and he is also an expert juggler.”
Post comes to THS
“A year ago I went to the Tennessee Arts Academy and met him,” said Miller. “He was one of my instructors and I was blown away by him and his approach to Vaudeville comedy. I was already a fan of Vaudeville, but his energy was so amazing. I really wanted him to come down here and meet students. I came back and used a lot of what he taught me during my training at the academy to teach my students.”
Miller adds that he began a dialogue with Post and was finally able to work out a date for the comedian to come to Tullahoma.
“It’s not often he does shows with students, so this will be something special for students and for everyone who attends,” added Miller.
15 minutes for ImprovaTeerS
“I had thought from the beginning in talking with Robert that it would be great for the students to get to work with him, and Robert agreed to give the students the first 15 minutes of the show,” Miller said. “We had already done our Vaudeville act last year for the community with tremendous success, so for the upcoming performance we are retooling it and creating some new entertainment for it.”
The THS ImprovaTeerS will open the 2013-14 season with international comedian Robert Post, who will perform on Saturday, Sept. 21 in the THS Auditorium. Members of the thea-ter honor society will have the opportunity to open the show for Post with a 15-minute Vaudeville act. Those who will perform in the show opener include, from left, Peyton Ben-nett, Aaron Miller, Aaron Jones and Amy Beth Stevens. -Staff Photo by Kali Bolle
The THS ImprovaTeerS will open the 2013-14 season with international comedian Robert Post, who will perform on Saturday, Sept. 21 in the THS Auditorium. Members of the theater honor society will have the opportunity to open the show for Post with a 15-minute Vaudeville act. Those who will perform in the show opener include, from left, Peyton Bennett, Aaron Miller, Aaron Jones and Amy Beth Stevens.
-Staff Photo by Kali Bolle
There will be three comedy bits and one song and dance act. Students with theatre honor society will also be on the production side of the performance, running the lights along with other productions duties.
“(On the) Friday before the show, Post is also meeting with all of the theatre classes,” said Miller. “He also taking out time on Friday afternoon to meet with the ImprovaTeerS. He is going to teach them about comedy, about performing on the road. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I’m excited for the students to get the chance to work with him.”
All proceeds benefit the Tullahoma High School ImprovaTeerS for future productions, educational field trips, and to bring in more quality performers like Robert Post.
Pirates, crooners, hobbits, and more will take the stage during upcoming performances of the 2013-14 THS play season.
Productions include “How I Became a Pirate,” “Singing in the Rain” and “The Hobbit.”
Season tickets are also now available to patrons who are looking to support local theater.
“After doing a lot of research, we decided to offer season tickets to save the community money. The season tickets include all three stage performances for $30.”
He adds that season tickets will only be available until the last performance of “How I Became a Pirate.” There is also a limited number, so theatergoers should act fast.
For more information about Post Comedy Theatre visit http://www.robertpost.org and http://www.edline.net/pages/Tullahoma_High_School/CLUBS/Drama_Club. To purchase tickets, stop by the THS main office or call the office at 954-2318.