Posting Date: November 26, 2012
KSU improv group presents “Yule-Tyde Brigade”
Two nights of comedy coming to the Onyx Theater
By Nicholas Hinterhauser
Members of K.I.S.S.
Guest performer Kevin Gillese
Christmas-themed comedy and improv theater are the order of business for K.I.S.S. (Kennesaw Improv Society, Stupid!) when they present “Yule-Tyde Brigade” on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the Onyx Theater. Starting at 8 p.m. on both nights, the free performances are sure to entertain and bring laughs during K.I.S.S.'s first major performance of the 2012-2013 season.
Associate Professor and K.I.S.S. director Jamie Bullins is excited to announce that this year's guest performer will be Kevin Gillese. After a run as Artistic Director of Canada's Rapid Fire Theatre and spending years performing around the world, including in Europe and Australia, in 2009 Gillese became Artistic Director of Dad’s Garage Theatre Company, located near Atlanta’s Little Five Points.
Bullins gives carte blanche to any guest performing in “Yule-Tyde Brigade” and is thrilled about Kevin’s involvement in this year’s performance. “I’m excited to have somebody with as much experience and professionalism as Kevin to perform with the students," Bullins says. “He is a really smart improv performer, and audiences won't have the opportunity to see this quality of performance for free anywhere else.”
Although Bullins fosters personal relationships with all guest performers invited to “Yule-Tyde Brigade,” the students have garnered a name for themselves based on the creative quality of their own work. “The students have a really great reputation with the improv companies in downtown Atlanta," Bullins explains. "I never have trouble getting anybody to come work with them.” Not only do the students get to share a stage with Gillese, but they will also attend a workshop led by Gillese during the week leading up to the event. The workshop will create an unique experience for the students, sharpening their technical skills while also building a synergy with Gillese that will reflect in the quality of their performances together.
The audience can also expect to feel like a part of the performance, shouting suggestions toward the stage that fit a framework established by the performers. There will also be one “game” (as K.I.S.S. likes to put it) where audience members will be asked to join the performers on stage for a truly integrated experience. There is also a good possibility that the students will drag Bullins on stage for a game. “We always have a blast,” Bullins shares. “I don’t know anybody who leaves without having a good time.”
The K.I.S.S. performances are Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. in the Onyx Theater. Admission is free, but the performances may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 16.