Date:   7/20/2013

Legendary comedy/improv troupe Second City at Thrasher on Saturday

On Saturday, July 20, Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre Second City returns to the historic Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake at 7:30 p.m.  The performance will feature some of the best sketches, songs, and improvisations from The Second City’s fifty-plus year history. Tickets are $27 and only a limited number are left, so please call the business office at 920-294-4279 for availability. 

 

Founded in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become the premier training ground for the comedy world’s best and brightest.  Their alumni list reads like a who’s who of American comedy, as it includes: Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Alan Arkin, Joan Rivers, Robert Klein, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Martin Short, John Candy, Bonnie Hunt, Tim Meadows, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Horatio Sanz, Ryan Stiles and countless others.

 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience creativity at its finest; improvisational-style, in the intimacy of the historic Thrasher Opera House. This special performance is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support in part from The Comfort Suites of Ripon.

 

And don't forget to check out the website for four great performances coming in August, beginning with an evening of acoustic folk with two local artists; Andy Armstrong & Scott Loss, and their friends. The benefit concert for the historic Thrasher is on August 10, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $12.

 

On Friday, August 16, Susan Werner makes a return visit with her newest CD, The Hayseed Project, which consists of songs that celebrate the language, livelihood, characters and concerns of American Farmers. It contains twelve songs on the subject matter of farming, rural America, locavores, food safety, and the comic potential of herbicides. Werner grew up on a family farm in eastern Iowa, where her parents still farm—and in “Hayseed”, she returns to the language and characters she knows best. Tickets are $18.

 

The Grand Slambovians, aka Gandolf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, will perform their signature sound described as hillbilly-Floyd, folk-pop, alt-country, roots-rock, and surreal Americana, at the opera house on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m..  Dancing freely between all existing philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering, and a lot of fun. Tickets are $22.

 

And to finish the month, jazz pianist, composer and five-time Grammy nominee, Fred Hersch, will perform with his trio on Saturday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m.. Proclaimed by Vanity Fair magazine, “the most arrestingly innovative pianist in jazz over the last decade or so,” Fred Hersch balances his internationally recognized instrumental skills with significant achievements as a composer, bandleader, and theatrical conceptualist, as well as remaining an in-demand collaborator with other noted bandleaders and vocalists. Presented in collaboration with the Green Lake Festival of Music.  Tickets are $25

 

Tickets for Thrasher concerts (with the exception of Second City) are available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279. Tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com.

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