Creatures of Impulse to face-off at Firehouse tonight

Eighth season for Pleasanton's teen improv troupe

Creatures of Impulse, Pleasanton's 31-member teen improv troupe, is presenting Face-Off 2015 tonight at the Firehouse Arts Center.

The local Creatures of Impulse will face off against a visiting improv team, performing seven to nine rounds, with one game or scene per round. After each round, the teams will present the audience with a "wall of prizes," and an audience member will be randomly selected to choose a prize from a performer. Points are awarded, and the games continue, the goal being to foster interactions between improv troupes.

"All kinds of teens perform in Creatures of Impulse," director Mark Duncanson said. "Over the past eight seasons, we have had aspiring actors and musicians, but we also attract teens that have never performed on stage, and don't even have aspirations of being on stage later in life."

"The great thing about improv, and its inclusive and supportive ideals, is the universal appeal it has," Duncanson added. "Improv is all about listening, supporting, saying 'yes,' and together creating something from nothing."

Since its founding eight seasons ago, Creatures of Impulse has represented California at the Teen Comedy Festival in Chicago four times, toured shows in San Francisco and Chicago, and won the prestigious Creating Community Award of Excellence in Youth Development from the California Park and Recreation Society. This year a big spring tour to New York City is in the works.

Auditions are held in late spring for the fall season for teens in grades 9-12. Improv classes are also available, including comprehensive middle and high school classes designed to give students a professional performance education in theatrical improvisation.

For more information, contact Duncanson at 931-4828 or

Teen improv

What: Face-Off 2015

Who: Creatures of Impulse

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21

Where: Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Ave.

Tickets: Students, $5; general, $10; purchase at box office, call 931-4848, or buy online at

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