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North Coast

July 20-21

North Coast

July 20-21

Sarasota Improv Festival favorite North Coast is staying in Sarasota for one week longer to perform shows and offer workshops. Named one of the “Top Ten Best Comedy Shows” by Time Out New York, North Coast is a favorite among festivalgoers. The group is a New York Times Critics Pick and this year marks North Coast’s fifth year at the Sarasota Improv Festival. The troupe’s members are known for their ability to smoothly blend freestyle rap with long-form improv. The group blurs the lines of comedy show and concert, attracting fans of comedy, hip-hop, and theatre fans alike. Inspired by a single audience suggestion, North Coast crafts one-of-a-kind shows on the spot, featuring full-blown hip-hop songs with backup performed by one of the group’s impressive and internationally-ranked beat boxers. Kaila Mullady, one of North Coast’s beatboxers, is the 2015 World Beatbox Champion, American Vice Beatbox Champion, and the three-time, reigning Beatrhyme Champion.

Encore performances of Anybody and North Coast’s classic show will take place on July 20 and July 21 in FST’s Bowne’s Lab at 7:30pm. In Anybody, their acclaimed improvised hip-hopera, the group takes a historical figure—like Nikola Tesla, Ida B. Wells, or Louisa May Alcott—who is suggested by the audience and performs a full, historically accurate improv set about the suggested person. Mike Pesca from NPR’s The Slate, said, “North Coast’s new musical show [Anybody] simultaneously makes you marvel at the genius of North Coast, and question the work ethic of actual Broadway composers who swear they’re not turning in the first draft.”

Workshop Classes

Intro to Hip-Hop Workshop

Monday, July 16 - 7-9pm
Instructor: Richie Alfson

This introductory to musical improv workshop introduces you to the basics of Hip Hop Improv: the combination of free-style rapping and scene work. North coast instructor, Richie Alfson, will guide you through the basics of free-styling which, instead of forcing the rhyme, is all about gaining access to the rhymes that have been in your catalogue since you were a kid. Learn how to set yourself up, find your flow, and weave your rapped verses into your improv scene work.  

Musical Improv Workshop

Monday, July 17 at 7-9pm
Instructor : North Coast Improv

Musical Improv can be charming, beautiful and entertaining, but sometimes you gotta give it that OOMPH! Rapping the bridge of your song is an amazing opportunity to surprise the audience, get some sweet rhymes in, and go deeper into your character's deepest fears, motives, and philosophies. This workshop will also contain exercises that will demystify what to sing about in your verses, so that your songs can contain a focused message. 

Alien Face/Human Brain: Staying Grounded in Weird Worlds

Wednesday, July 18 at 7-9pm
Instructor: North Coast Improv

Stay grounded even when the world is strange. Playing aliens, talking trees, or animals in a scene shouldn't distract you from the connection between you and your scene partner. Double down on the relationship and game while embracing the weird world and fun specifics you have surrounded yourself with.