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Library's children program set for Friday

Made-to-order fairy tales by teen improv group

The city's Creatures of Impulse Teen Improv Troupe hopes to engage and entertain young viewers with its upcoming series of five children's programs, "Made-to-Order Fairytales."

During performances set for Friday (Jan. 3) and Jan. 25, the improvisation group will take audience members' verbal and physical suggestions while making up new fairy tales on the spot.

"Creatures of Impulse's style has organically grown to include our teen performers learning to teach improv to their peers and younger youth, and Made-to-Order Fairytales is a perfect youth-to-youth learning opportunity for the performers and the child audiences," said troupe director Mark Duncanson.

"I hope children learn a little about improv, a bit about the fairytale genre and a lot about different ways to use their imagination," he added.

The interactive fairy tale concept was developed two seasons ago by troupe member Sabrina Finke, a high school freshman at the time.

The format calls for the performers to take prompts from the young attendees – suggested age range is 5 to 10 years old – for character names and traits that will become part of an improvised fairy tale lasting 15 to 20 minutes. Child audience members will also be called upon to shout out predetermined lines when characters' names are mentioned.

"Creatures of Impulse's style of improv is all about experimenting with genres, 'work-shopping' different ideas and showing the audience we are excited to involve them with the creative process," Duncanson said.

The casts will rotate between the five shows, but overall, the series will feature new and experienced troupe members.

Performances are scheduled to take place at the Pleasanton Library this Friday from 11-11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. as well as Jan. 25 from 2-2:30 p.m., 3-3:30 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.

The library is located at 400 Old Bernal Ave. Tickets are not required and the show is free, as is parking in the library lot.

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