Auditions, and Internships, and Term 1A, OH MY!
Obviously, this week is a big week 'cause it's our 7th Birthaversay (7 years! $7 Advance Tickets! 700 Free Cupcakes!).
It's also a big week because of (at least) four big things happening in the next 7 days:
1. Ewing Auditions on Saturday:
If you're currently enrolled in Level 3 or higher, or are a graduate of the DCH Training Center, you should totally consider auditioning for the Ewing on Saturday from 12-2PM. You're guaranteed a free, weekly practice room and EIGHT SHOWS on the schedule (that's more than any other troupe is guaranteed ever). Plus, you get a chance to perform with other talented improvisers - hand selected to balance your own unique strengths. It's a great way to improve your improv game and meet some cool people along the way!
CLICK HERE FOR THE EWING AUDITION APPLICATION
Shout-out to Corey Whaley (Wednesday Level 3) for making this sweet Facebook event for fellow students!
2. Sketch Show Packets due Sunday:
Speaking of Auditions, if you're interested in auditioning for the next Sketch Revue (PAID GIG!) writing packets are due on Sunday at 11:59pm.
CHECK OUT THE AUDITIONS PAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION
3. Intern Applications due Monday:
Like taking classes? Wanna do it for free? Intern applications close on February 1st for Term 2. It's a great experience. Don't believe me? Take it from Danny Neely (Monday Level 3) on this neat-o blog post.
CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE AN INTERN APPLICATION
4. Term 1A Starting on Tuesday:
If you take classes on Tuesday or Saturday, you'll notice some newbies joining you starting this week. Our Term 1A officially kicks off Tuesday, 2/2. Say, "hi!" and welcome our new friends if you see 'em around.
HAPPY BIRTHAVERSARY/BUSY WEEK OF OPPORTUNITY!
ABOVE: From short form improv on a stage at Ozona's Bar & Grill in 2009, to our very own theater on Commere in 2010, to sold out shows in our new, two-theater facility - the last 7 years have been a wild ride.
7 Years of DCH
That's 7 years of classes, 7 years of jams, and 7 years of laughs.
Some of you have been around since the very beginning, some of you came somewhere in the middle, and some of you are brand new to the wonderful world of DCH. So, for this week's post—and in honor of 7 lovely years—we take a look back at some highlights.
2009 – Dallas Comedy House opened in January in the back of Ozona's Restaurant. Six people came to the first class—four of whom were paying students and two people who Amanda bribed to come so that it looked like a legit class. The curriculum focused on short form improv and only introduced long-form improv (now the staple performing style at DCH) at the end of the third level. During Level 1 and Level 2 showcases, scenes were called by instructors because editing hadn't been taught yet.
2010 – DCH opened its doors on the Commerce Street location. The first Dallas Comedy Festival was held in the new theater with Joe Bill and Jill Bernard. Construction began on the Training Center, adding two classrooms and allowing for more classes to enroll. Man Dip and sandwiches were introduced on the menu... and shortly after being introduced, disappeared. This started a multi-year food menu desert – with only Chex Mix and Sour Patch Kids to satiate performer and student hunger. Having space and a year under its belt, DCH built a corporate team and booked some initial work, which has continued to grow over the years.
2011 - The Training Center opens adjacent to the Commerce Street Theater. Tim Meadows, a bona fide celebrity, came to the Dallas Comedy Festival. Buddies Season 1—an improvised sitcom—changed the game, routinely selling out shows and setting a new standard for comedy in Dallas. The original stage was changed from a pie shape to a flat back after several people fell into the corner of the stage. This change made the green room a little smaller, but also saved a lot of people from falling. In October, Amanda bought out her business partner and became DCH's sole owner.
2012 – This was a big year for food and flu. JELL-O shots hit the bar menu during the Dallas Comedy Festival. Unrelated, the festival was riddled with bad luck. Several important performers and employees got the flu. The soda gun burst open in the middle of a show, leading to syrup and soda covering the floor and slowly leaking into the theater. While trying frantically to clean up the sugar-syrup mess before customers let out of the show, the men’s restroom toilet began leaking, flooding the bar from the other side. Surrounded by what is quite possibly the most disgusting combination of liquids during the busiest week of the year, we did what we do best and improvised our way through it. Nothing a “Caution, Wet Floor Sign” and several mops and rags couldn’t fix. Later that spring, hot dogs are served in the theater and patio.
2013 – The 313, starring Keegan-Michael Key, Jaime Moyer, and Maribeth Monroe, performed at the festival. Their high energy show is still talked about and made it a week to remember. Jaime Moyer and Maribeth Monroe have continued their friendship with DCH and even came to Opening Weekend at our Main Street location. In the fall, the Improvised Movie debuted. A fun, new format, sold-out shows, and a haunted house to boot. It was a memorable October.
2014 - DCH celebrates five years. Troupes from past and present come back to perform in a joyous reunion! The fall launched two additions to our programming with the Family Friendly Show and our very first sketch revue, Charles Dicken's Great! Expectations! The first graduating class of our sketch program put on the first four-week sketch revue as graduates. This kicked off the steady growth of our sketch program and what has now become a consistent course offering.
2015 – We said goodbye to 2645 Commerce and moved down the street to 3025 Main Street. Our U-Haul got stuck on the middle of Commerce mid-way through the move. We held our first graduation at the new space. We gained a second theater, twice as many classrooms, and so many bathroom stalls! Our sketch program grew. We have food on the menu. Man dip is back!
2016 - We have a record-setting 280 students, classes registering every month, and our first sketch revue with paid performers in the works. Corporate bookings are at an all-time high, and we will hold our first auditions for corporate team additions this winter. Most importantly: You are here.
Let's make some memories for the next 7 years!
January 12th Town Hall Notes
Last night, we held our January Town Hall. Thanks to all who came out and asked questions! If you weren't able to make it, the notes are below.
Our next Town Hall will be in June.
Some (small) things are changing at the Tuesday Jams!
How do you get on the schedule?
There is detailed information under the "performing tab" that was talked about a little bit. Some other things to note:
What's up with the Ewing?
What about those Corporate Team Auditions?
How can I get my show poster up at DCH?
Large show posters (like the ones seen in the lobby in frames and on the front windows outside) are selected based on this criteria:
What are the changes this term to the schedule?
What's the deal with room rentals?
New classes? Tell me more!
What's going on with the Dallas Comedy Festival?
Why no Triple Threat on Friday?
Are we going to order more sweatshirts?
Are we doing anything for DCH's Birthaversary?
How do you get to host the Family Friendly show?
New Term, New You
We've got lots of things coming up - including a few exciting and new opportunities!
Get out your calendars, pull out those palm pilots, and jot down these ::VERY:: important dates, all happening in Term 1:
TUESDAY, JANUARY 12th:
DCH Town Hall
Have questions about anything DCH? We're hosting a Town Hall! 7 pm, Tuesday at the Theater. Amanda will have some announcements, and then available to answer any burning questions you may have.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 15th:
Corporate Team Applications Due
That's right! We're officially auditioning to add to our roster for corporate entertainment work. If this sounds interesting to you, read more information on the Performing > Auditions tab.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 21st:
Early Bird for Term 1A Ends
1Are you wondering what "1A" means? Well, starting in February, we will be offering classes EVERY MONTH! No more waiting two months for an opening! We're kicking off with two level 1 classes the first week of February. This term will go through March. Term 2A - with Level 1 and 2 - will begin in April. Tell your friends!
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30th:
Ewing Auditions & Corporate Team Auditions
More information on these auditions can be found on the Performing > Auditions tab.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st:
Sketch Show Submission Packets Due
Term 2 Intern Applications Due
Both these submissions/applications are due by 11:59 pm so they can be reviewed on Monday, February 1st. More information on the sketch show can be found on the Performing > Auditions tab. More information on the Intern Application can be found on Classes > Internships.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd:
First Day of Term 1A
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7th:
Term 2 Intern Interviews
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10th:
Early Bird for Term 2 Ends
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13th:
Sketch Show Auditions
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28th:
Term 2 Intern Meeting & First Day of Term 2
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