15 Public performance, Holiday Homecoming, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (8 pm). Buy tickets!

Transactors Improv celebrates the season with Holiday Homecoming, a two-act show featuring improvised songs. The performance is based on audience suggestions and divided into five slice-of-life episodes with live musical accompaniment by pianist Glenn Mehrbach and violinist Trev Wignall.

“Whatever your religion or lack thereof may be, the holidays are usually about home,” says director Greg Hohn. “We seem to be heading there or waiting for others to arrive to celebrate the various things we celebrate. Sometimes we’re just going home in our minds to a simpler time in the past or a better time in the future.

“In this show we’ll take a look inside the lives of five different groups of people in five different situations as they try to find home. We’ll have lots of music, and everything is improvised, including the melodies, lyrics, choreography, and, of course, the story and characters.”

Anoo Tree Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson make up the cast. Jenn Evans masters technical effects from the booth.

Musical director Glenn Mehrbach first worked with Transactors Improv in 2000. Formerly musical director for cabaret chanteuse Andrea Marcovicci, and pianist and arranger for Carolina Ballet, Glenn is currently Music Director at Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, Music Performance Instructor at Camelot Academy in Durham, and Staff Associate in the Music and Theatre departments at Duke University.

31 Public performance, First Night Raleigh, (NC Museum of History, 7:30, 8:45, 10:15 pm). Buy tickets!


8-Feb. 12 Public course, Improv 101, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (Mondays, 7-9 pm). Register now!

Start your improv journey here or, for more experienced improvisers, come back and get grounded in the all-important-basics. Instructor is Anoo Tree Brod.

13 Public family performance, The Snow Show, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (6 pm). Buy tickets!

Transactors Improv for Families rings in 2018 with a show all about snow. Sledding, skiing, snowball fights, and of course, post-playing-in-the-cold hot-chocolate- drinking. The content is appropriate for children (K-8), adults, and adults who act like children. This performance is made up on the spot and based on your suggestions.

Audience member Jen writes, "Shane has officially caught the improv bug. He surprised me by volunteering to go up on stage at the Transactors for Families show this evening. All the way home, he said he wants to do more improv and that he loved it."

The cast is director Anoo Tree Brod, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson.

20 Public workshop, Be Here Now! Day of Improv, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (11 am-4 pm). Register now!

No experience needed. All levels welcome. Instructor is Anoo Tree Brod.

20 Public performance, Winter, Walltown Theater, 1225 Berkeley St., Durham (8 pm). Buy tickets!

Transactors Improv presents Winter at Walltown Children’s Theater. This fully improvised one-act play is based on audience suggestions. While the performance takes place at Walltown Children's Theatre, it is intended for adult audiences and should be considered PG-13.

Winter is a time for longing. In the darkness we face that which is easily overlooked when the days are warm and bright. Where do we find our light when the winter seems endless? How do we maintain faith that spring will come? This show will follow seven characters from different societal statuses as they explore these questions.

Anoo Tree Brod and Juliet Kaplan codirect the piece and appear in the cast along with Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, Steven Warnock, and Jane Allen Wilson. Mario Arnez provides guitar accompaniment.

How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, if there were no winter in our year!
-Thomas Wentworth Higginson, American author (1823-1911)

27 Public workshop, Make Your Audience Comfortable: Make Strong Choices, The PIT, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill (10 am-1 pm). Register now!

A new class for those who want to be more confident on stage and in life. Learn how to make strong choices and stick with them. Instructor is Anoo Tree Brod.


19-March 12 Public course, Level 0: Joy of Improv, taught by Steven Warnock, The PIT, 462 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill (Mondays, 6:30-9:00 pm). Register now!

No pressure improv. Dip your toe into the joyous pool. Level 0 means 0% fear, 100% fun. This is the perfect place for absolute beginners to get acquainted with the art of long-form improvisation. Every week you will play in a safe and positive class environment with group exercises and scenework.

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