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Simphoney Improv debuts at Bozzzini's Sept 13

Submitted by Michael, SI


he Fraser Valley’s newest performing arts group – SimPhoney Improv – will make their debut performance on Saturday September 13 at 9:00 pm at Bozzini’s Restaurant in Chilliwack.


The Improv group currently consists of five members, all residents of the Fraser Valley. They came together out of a love for Improv and the desire to try something new. All SimPhoney Improv members have appeared on a stage before – whether it’s acting, singing, dancing, or speaking.


“I am incredibly excited by the potential of SimPhoney Improv,” said David Hobson, co-founder of the group. “The performers have worked hard to learn how to perform in a completely different style than some are used to; we’re thrilled to bring Improvto Fraser Valleyaudiences on a regular basis.”


Michael Berger, co-founder of the group, added, “We have a remarkable cross-section of talented people involved – actors, poets, professional speakers, comedians, and writers. It’s always a surprise what directions an Improv sketch will take with that kind of skill available.”


David Hobson is a professional speaker and a past member of the Chilliwack Players Guild where he performed in several productions, including “Friends and Neighbours, “Office Hours”, “Alice in Wonderland” and “Witness for the Prosecution”, as well as several British Nights productions. He has also trained with the Vancouver Theatre Sports League Improv Comedy Company.


Michael Berger is an award-winning Toastmaster and performer with Secondary Characters Musical Theatre having recently performed in musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Among his stage credits, he has appeared in the Filbert Players “The Mousetrap” at the Theatre on the Lake, and with the University of the Fraser Valley in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. He currently sits as a board member with Secondary Characters, the Chilliwack Academy of Music and the Rotary Club of Chilliwack.


Nancy Guitar is a stand-up comedienne, actress, playwright and children’s book author. She has acted in a number of student films and has performed on stage in Vancouver, New Westminster, Abbotsford, Chilliwack and Hope, in productions such as Penny-A-Line Promotions “Vagina Monologues” and “His/Her Retirement”.


Mary Erickson has previously appeared on stage in a Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as playing an extra in other plays. She has also voiced a number of radio commercials.

Shelley Haggard is an award-winning spoken word poet, author, and stage performer. She’s appeared in Funny Bones Productions “Moonlight on Magnolias” and Penny-A-Line Promotions “Vagina Monologues”.


“We’re here to ‘bring the funny’ to the Fraser Valley,” remarked Nancy Guitar, co-founder of the group. “This diverse group of entertainers and comedians will be sure to put a smile on your face and bring a laugh to your belly.”


The show at Bozzini’s marks the group’s first public performance, which will be followed with a show at the Acoustic Emporium on October 3. Tickets for the show at Bozzini’s can be purchased by calling 604-792-0744.


For more information or to book SimPhoney Improv, call David at 604-702-9850, via email here or Facebook at www.facebook.com/SPImprov




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