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Mission Improvable to perform at Waubonsee Community College

SUGAR GROVE – There will be agents on the auditorium stage of Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove Campus on Oct. 21.

Four actors from the improv comedy group Mission Improvable will play as agents and make audience members of all ages laugh.

These characters have been seen in rolled-up white shirts, black ties, dark pants, belts and black shades.

There have been agents with not so serious names like Agent Pepperjack and Agent Dancebreak.

Chicago resident Kevin Branick, who has been called Agent Aerospace, is also known as tour captain.

“We don’t know what we’ll be doing,” Branick said. “It’s improvised comedy. So, when we get there — we don’t have anything planned or any script. So, the whole show will be unique to us and to the audience seeing it.”

The audience will give the agents – Branick, James Heaney of Los Angeles, Brian Hunt of Glenview and Caleb George of Chicago – their mission.

“One of the fun things about improv is we make it up depending on what the audience yells at us,” Branick said.

Branick confirmed that attendees can expect to laugh.

Agents will prompt the audience to provide them guidelines to work with like: location, time period, how someone knows a person or occupation.

During the show some willing audience members can expect to get on the stage, too.

They will give the agents prompts on what they will do next.

“We might do a scene where we’re saying lines of dialogue,” Branick said. “But every so often we’ll point to an audience member on stage and they’ll say a word. And whatever word that is, that’s the next word that we have to say as an actor.”

The actors will justify the word like this was their doing.

The audience volunteers will also move the talking agents.  

“Whatever pose the audience member puts us in, we choose to act like we meant to do it the whole time,” Branick said.

George expects that he will be his regular self that he describes as high energy and goofy.

“It should be a good time in terms of the show,” George said. “It’s very fun, very loose, very playful energy.”

Branick called doing improv like recess.

“Stepping on stage is a lot like just having a great time with your friends,” Branick said. “And making the audience laugh is part of the fun.”

The Waubonsee Community College auditorium is located on Route 47 at Waubonsee Drive.

The show will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 21.

Tickets cost $19 for adults and $12 for children 12 years old and under. Tickets can be purchased at waubonseetickets.com.

George pointed out that the audience comes to the show with an energy.

“When you’re in front of an audience there’s this electricity,” George said. “And it’s just so much fun. When it’s really going … you really can kind of ride this wave of energy and enthusiasm.”

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