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OCTs Young Professionals to present Impulse improv

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: ANDY ALCALA - Blake Peebles of Lake Oswego will perform with Impulse Improv group.Oregon Children’s Theatre’s improvisation troupe, Impulse, will present on-the-spot improv based on audience suggestions and their ingenuity April 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. at 1939 NE Sandy Blvd.

Directed by Jake Michels, the show features seven Young Professionals, including Blake Peebles, a student at Lake Oswego High. Other actors in the troupe include Claire Aldridge, Hannah Baggs, Madeleine Delaplane, Connor Johnson, Daniel Martin and Simon Schiller.

Impulse is fun for all ages and is most appreciated by those ages 7 and up. Performances run 60 to 75 minutes in length. Tickets are $5 to $10 in advance or $7 to $12 at the door. Purchase tickets online at octc.org or by calling the box office at 503-228-9571.

Michels, a former OCT Acting Academy student himself, discovered the art form of improvisation in his first class, “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” As a teen he was cast in two OCT productions, “Tom Sawyer” and “Tuck Everlasting.” After graduating from Washington State University, Michels returned to Portland and has worked at OCT in the administration office since 2008. He currently performs, directs and teaches classes and can be seen as a main stage performer at Curious Comedy Theater.

The Young Professionals Company, a group of dedicated acting students aged 13 through 18, offers a series of plays and performances. These actors are selected to participate in a year-long mentoring program in which they have various opportunities to advance their craft.



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