Young acting duo are both residents of Lake Oswego

Catch 'Impulse,' Oregon Children's Theatre's improvisation comedy troupe. Let the Young Professionals (YPs) tickle your funny-brains with fun-filled improve based on audience suggestions and their ingenuity. Directed by Jake Michels, a performer at Curious Comedy Theater, the show features six YPs performing a showcase of short form improvisations. The cast includes Lake Oswego actors Lea Zawada and Blake Peebles, as well as Madeleine Delaplane, Gemma Giberson, Collin Carver and Bryce Earhart.

'Impulse' runs March 8 through 10 at OCT's new location, 1939 N.E. Sandy Blvd. in Portland. Showtimes are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 6 p.m.

'The most fun thing about this show is that every time we do an activity, it is different,' said Peebles, a freshman at LOHS.

'Because of the spontaneous nature of improv, I have gotten to know my cast really well just by the insane things that they say when they are on the spot!' said Zawada, who is a freshman at Lakeridge High School. 'Also, since there are no rehearsed lines or scenes, there is a huge element of trust that we have developed in our cast. You rely on them to bail you out of tough situations!

'The hardest part of improv is trusting in myself that I have a good idea and just going for it on the spot. In improv one of the worst things you can say on stage is nothing. Generally, the faster you come up with ideas and the more random they are, the funnier and more interesting the story becomes.'

Peebles agreed, and added that 'making a fool of myself only makes it funnier.'

Both actors hoped the audience would participate by contributing ideas for the actors to work with.

'We also take suggestions from the audienceso there will be a lot of participation with the audience,' said Peebles. 'But if we give you advice, never ever follow it.'

''Impulse' is a super fun, high-energy performance,' said Zawada. 'While I love to be in the action, it is almost more fun to watch my teammates think their way out of what seems like impossible scenarios. But they always do and they make me laugh.'

The production is fun for all ages and most appreciated by those ages 7 and up. The show runs for 60 to 75 minutes.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 503-228-9571.

YPs are dedicated, mature students ages 13 and up who seek advanced training through mentorship and exposure to a wide range of theater experiences. The Young Professionals program is dedicated to building a community of theater peers and parents, providing them with resources, information and guidance.

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