LoCo ImprovFest Spotlights Loudoun’s Young Actors

An improv comedy festival featuring teams from six Loudoun County high schools, the first event of its kind, is coming to the Franklin Park Arts Center near Purcellville.

Alex Beard, youth initiative specialist for Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services, said student improv teams from Tuscarora, Loudoun County, Loudoun Valley, Potomac Falls, Dominion and Briar Woods, will all perform in a family-oriented display of spontaneous wit and merriment.

“ImprovFest will be a fun showcase of each high school’s top teen comedians and improv players. It’s going to be a great night and the kids are really excited,” Beard said.

The LoCo ImprovFest is one of a series of community events organized by the Youth Advisory Council, a PRCS-sponsored group of 60 high school students, also managed by Beard. The county parks and rec department, which works to establish opportunities for youth to expand their peer leadership skills, also sponsors other youth-oriented events, including Battle of the Bands (planned for Friday, April 21 at the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg), and an all-day Loudoun YouthFest (Saturday, June 17, at the Barn of One Loudoun).

Beard said the students involved in ImprovFest will benefit from master classes taught by two well-known, professional improv/comedy performers. Chris Ulrich, a nationally recognized expert in body language and onstage physicality, and Annie Barry, a performer in the famed Upright Citizens Brigade based in Manhattan, will lead the students through a series of improv exercises and provide students with one-on-one guidance and coaching.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for young performers,” Beard said.
The LoCo ImprovFest will include live performances open to the public starting at 7 p.m. Friday, April 28, at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office or in advance at the venue’s website, franklinparkartscenter.org.

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