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Frequently Asked Questions

What the heck is improv?

Improv (or improvisation) is a technique used for creating comedy and for re-learning life skills such as active listening, spontaneity and flexibility. Most people associate improv with “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” Our shows are very similar to the tv show. We also use improv for business training. In all forms of improvisation, the actors invent the dialogue and action as they perform. Because of the unpredictable nature of such a performance and the unexpected events that occur, improvisation lends itself naturally to comedy, and the specific term “improv” usually refers to a form of high-energy comic entertainment. It is also possible for improvised scenes to be emotionally dramatic, or experimental and non-narrative.

What exactly does Carolina Improv Company do?

Our mission is to develop people to be the best they want to be. We train and entertain by offering classes for adults and improv comedy shows for the general public and corporate events. Our Business Solutions division also facilitates business training programs by applying improvisation techniques to relevant learning content, in addition to providing MCs and keynote speakers for corporate events.

Questions About Our Theater & Shows

Where is Carolina Improv Company Located?

We are located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, INSIDE the Myrtle Beach Mall at 10177 N. Kings Highway. Our theater seats up to 75 people.

Are your shows appropriate for all ages?

Most of our shows are appropriate for all ages. We adjust our shows based on our audience. We do not swear or do obscene performances. We also offer several shows for adults 18 and older due to audience demand for a night out without kids in the audience. Our “adult” shows are what we call “naughty, not nasty”, laced with some sexual innuendo.

Is your theater smoke-free and/or wheel chair accessible?

Yes.

Do you serve food and drinks?

We do not serve food, but we do serve beer, wine and soft drinks. Patrons must be 21 to drink beer and wine. We card! We recommend Ruby Tuesday in the mall or Vine Bistro (a mile away) for food prior to or after the show. Outside food and beverage items need to be discarded before entering the theater … some food stinks up the place and makes some people (who forgot to eat) hangry!!!

What is your refund policy?

Kinda like going to a concert or movie, all sales are final. Unless otherwise noted, all tickets, goods, and services sold/purchased on our website adhere to a “NO REFUNDS, NO EXCHANGES” policy. By purchasing tickets, you agree to these terms.

Do we need to print our tickets if we bought them online? Our hotel doesn’t have a printer.

No printer necessary. Your reservation will be on our will call list. Save a tree!

Do you have assigned seating?

Seating is usually first come, first seated and doors open 30 minutes before show time … but sometimes seating will be determined on group sizes to ensure that all parties get to sit together. This is especially the case in the months of July and August.

Do you offer group rates for your shows?

We offer group rates for 20 and more. Email info@carolinaimprov.com for more information.

Do you offer shows offsite for company events?

Yes, we will customize a show for annual meetings, conferences, holiday parties, etc. Email info@carolinaimprov.com for more information.

Questions About Classes & Performing

Do I need acting or theater experience to take a class?

Absolutely not! All you need is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn and have fun in a safe environment where no one is judged.

Is improv hard to do? Will I be able to learn how to improvise?

We improvise every day, almost all day. Anybody and everybody can do improv, as long as you’re willing to say: “Yes, and …”

Do I have to start at Level 1?

By far, this is our most frequently asked and most controversial question. The short answer is yes – you do have to start at Level 1 so that all students are trained in our style and feel equal to everyone else.

What does CIC teach?

Our improv curriculum focuses on scenic and short form improvisation, geared towards format, character, story structure and more. Emphasis is placed on empowering the individual improviser, “finding the game” in scenes, and developing an honest sense of play.

What is your teaching philosophy?

CIC does not strive to make you a funny person and will teach you the fundamental and advanced skills of improvisation, making it easier for you to engage in the scene and relationships on stage. As improv becomes easier, you will become a better human being and comedy will be the inevitable (and hilarious) by-product. You will see a change in the way you look at the world; if you’re not ready for that, you can take a pottery class.

Can I audit a class?

We handle this on a case by case basis. If you want to check out a class before joining it, we recommend that you attend one of our drop-in classes when they are available.

Where are your classes held?

Classes are held in our theater at Myrtle Beach Mall. To find out where each level is being held during a session, check the class listing on our class page or contact us info@carolinaimprov.com

What else can you tell me about the classes?

Classes are usually 12 – 14 hours; 2 hours per week for six to eight weeks. CIC classes have a capacity maximum of 14 students. Due to limited class size, placement isn’t guaranteed until payment has been received in full. Payment for all classes must be received prior to the first day of class.

Do you give refunds for classes?

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Your registration and payment are a promise to attend all of the classes and to find out what you missed if you couldn’t attend a class. There are no refunds for missed classes.

How can I be a performer in the show?

To become a company player, you need to complete Level 3 before being given an audition (during a show) and must complete all five levels of classes. Aspiring players must also work as a crew member at the bar/box office. Our process is intentionally long to make sure new players are a fit for the company. It’s how we keep our culture happy and healthy. We occasionally make exceptions to this policy.

How much do performers get paid?

The performers do not get paid. They actually pay a membership fee to be part of the ensemble as way to continue to develop their skills after “graduating” from their classes. The average tenure for a performer is four years. Performers who perform in offsite corporate shows get paid, as do teachers and corporate trainers.

Questions About Business Solutions

Who benefits (from classes and business training)?

Anyone who serves or sells to external and internal customers/clients, including executives, managers, attorneys, doctors, agile specialists, front line staff, supervisors and sales staff. Basically, EVERYBODY!

How does it (business training) work?

We meet with you to determine your company’s objectives/goals and create a session(s) to meet those objectives/goals by developing relevant training content. Our team will come to a location of your choice to facilitate the program.

What are the fees for training and how long are the sessions?

Your investment depends on your overall needs/objectives, in addition to duration of program and number of participants. Programs typically run in increments of 1/2 day and full day sessions.

Does everyone have to participate in the interactive exercises?

We have some employees who will be completely resistant to this type of training. This is not new to us. Typically, about 5% of participants in our sessions will resist our interactive experience and we love the challenge. We don’t force anyone to participate. Instead, we do everything possible to create a friendly, safe and non-judgmental environment that ultimately leads to full participation. Gentle peer pressure also plays into account – the group becomes very bonded in the process and the resistant ones don’t want to look like “party poopers.” The most resistant participants usually give us rave reviews on our evaluations, stating that the training wasn’t as scary as they thought it would be.

What industries does CIC specialize in?

We create programs for all industries based on company objectives and goals. Need to improve employee morale, increase revenue, enhance customer service, empower emerging leaders? No matter what your industry, we can create the right program for you. Our current clients’ industries include:

– Hospitality & Tourism – Hotels, Restaurants, Attractions & Entertainment
– Telecommunications
– Healthcare
– Associations
– Construction/Housing
– Higher/Vocational Education
– Agile/IT

How can we apply CIC Training in our business?

Our applied improve programs are appropriate for 10 – 200+ people at your office, location of your choosing for the following events and occasions:

– Employee Orientation & Training
– Team Building Sessions
– Annual Meetings
– Conference Break-Out Sessions
– Health / Wellness Events
– Retreats
– Brainstorming / Ideation Sessions
– Brown Bag Lunches
– Keynote Speeches

How can I ask you more questions?

Send an email to info@carolinaimprov.com

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