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Off Book, the Improvised Musical



Presented by Rapid Fire Theatre, Off-book certainly delivered a unique and hilarious take on musical improv comedy. Hosted by the very talented Joleen Ballendine, the show began with her asking the audience for a suggestion for a setting where a comedic romance story could take place. It was quickly set that it would take place in a garbage dump. What proceeded was a series of three intertwining stories all cleverly related to each other. Accompanying the five actors and their antics was a very smart musical improvisation by Erik Mortimer, a local and recognized piano talent and musical director. For 75 minutes, the audience was thoroughly entertained by the antics of the five actors and their improvisations as well as their catchy musical numbers. A unique experience for all ages.  – Pierre Royal


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  • 8:00 am - 2018/08/16
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    A.G. Pate

    OffBook takes an idea from the audience and magically creates a 75-minute musical on the spot based on this suggestion. (Some of the themes so far during the Fringe have been “broken glass, garbage, a bending willow and, my favourite, a half-eaten cucumber sandwich. This makes every show unique—never seen before and never to be seen again.)

    The talent is unsurpassed. To make up a song on the spot is challenging enough but to weave the intricacies of an actual made-up plot, humour, wit and musical harmony has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.

    As each show is completely different, it is worth seeing more than once. I have just finished seeing it for the fourth time and each time surpasses the last.

    Is it any wonder the show is sold out every night? It’s not to be missed!

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