Anyone who walks into a Here We Are in Spain show never knows what to expect, especially the members of Here We Are in Spain.
The improv comedy group’s entire show is made up of bits and gags that are created in the moment and fueled by suggestions from the audience. This method of creating every scene on the spot assures that Here We Are in Spain will never perform the same show twice, creating a unique experience for the audience. The group will be bringing that experience to the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock this weekend.
“We are extremely excited to have this opportunity to perform at the Dietrich, and we are expecting a show full of audience participation and laughs,” said Clarks Summit native Britain Perry Giblin. “The theater is a wonderful space and great asset to the community by offering various cultural activities that the members of the community can get involved in.”
Here We Are in Spain will lead the Dietrich Theater’s Open Mic Night’s first ever improvisational performance.
Open Mic Night at the Dietrich Theater has quickly become a staple of Tunkhannock’s 4th Friday events, but this month Open Mic Night will be held on the third Friday of April, to accommodate the Dietrich’s live performance of “Auntie Mame” April 24 through 28.
Doors open for seating and Open Mic signups at 6:30 p.m. and the stage will be open to community performers from 7 to 8 p.m.; Here We Are in Spain will perform at 8:15 p.m.
One of the advantages of an open mic is that the audience never knows what to expect. This month, Open Mic Night takes this to a new level because even the members of the featured group won’t know what’s going to happen, but Giblin is confident that the night will end in laughter for the audience.
“They can except to laugh and have a great time with a show that is based completely on audience suggestions and interaction,” said Giblin, 31.
While the jokes will be spur of the moment, Here We Are in Spain’s featured performance will be suitable for all ages, and at no time will the audience become the butt of the joke.
“Some people think that if they go to a comedy show they might get made fun of, that’s not the case with our shows. If anything we end up making fun of ourselves, but never the audience,” said Giblin.
Here We Are in Spain, comprised of Giblin, Patrick Daniel Holmes, Rob Klubeck, Patrick Martin, Don McGlynn and Baxter Pancake, met while taking classes at the Scranton Cultural Center’s now defunct Comedy Dojo where they studied under founder Chris Barnes, an alum of Chicago’s Second City, the birthplace of improv comedy.
Since forming in 2007, the group has performed at First Night Scranton, Mt. Airy Resort and Casino, Lebanon Valley College and the Upright Citizen Brigade’s main stage in New York City, and hosts regular comedy nights at the AFA Gallery the second Saturday of every month and The Vintage Theater the last Saturday of every month.
April’s Open Mic Night will welcome musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, playwrights and other performers to the Dietrich Theater stage. New performers are always welcome.
For more information, call the Dietrich at 570.996.1500.