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The Return of Troupe du Jour

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Are you hungry for more family-friendly comedic entertainment served by talented performers on a dynamic local stage? Get ready for a second serving of Troupe du Jour! Live Oak Theatre invites the public to the second comedy night performance of its own family-friendly comedy troupe, Troupe du Jour, on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT) is a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) repertory company of local artists located at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville.

The Live Oak Theatre Company has a mission to enrich families, individuals and the community as a whole by providing positive artistic experiences in the performing arts—including excellent, affordable, and edifying entertainment for all ages, performance, and educational opportunities for Theatre patrons and participants of all ages.

Vanni shared that audiences demanded an encore performance from the troupe that has quickly developed a massive fanbase here in Hernando County since its debut show in April.

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“The feedback to the first show was fantastic,” said Vanni. “We ended up selling out all seats…much to our own surprise since this was our first show. Families were driving from St. Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, East Pasco, and Marion County.”

Troupe du Jour, produced by Dan Torres, offers family-friendly fun that is humorous, unpredictable, comedic, and joyful as the Troupe takes to the stage to present a one-of-a-kind, improv-style show, one where the audience inspires all games, all improv skits, all actors’ choices.

“This second show offers more of the same!” said Vanni. “Some situational comedy skits and improv games with audience participation.”

Troupe du Jour is presented by a cast of veteran actors whose talents shine regularly on the Live Oak stage and elsewhere.

“Troupe du Jour is our very own troupe of veteran performers, many of whom have appeared throughout the Bay area…. And beyond,” said Vanni. “Troupe du Jour members include the talents of veteran improvisers Darryl Knapp and Nick Russo, as well as Live Oak favorites Eli Oliveri, Elijah Torres, Amy Norris, Kealy Hunter, Christopher Richards, Dawn Hester and veteran performer Alex Rivera.”

Like other Live Oak shows, Troupe du Jour performances are aimed toward the entire family, and all ages are welcome.

“We have a reputation for family-friendly humor and they don’t need to leave the kids at home,” said Vanni. “These shows reflect the Live Oak mission in that it provides quality entertainment… but also Family Friendly.”

Vanni states that is exactly what keeps devoted audiences coming back for more du Jour. “The audience left telling us that they had such a great time with their children or grandchildren,” said Vanni.

Tickets for the second Live Oak Theatre performance of Troupe du Jour cost $10 when purchased in advance; 24 hours before the show, the price increases to $15.

Concessions will be available for purchase before the show and during intermission. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org or email [email protected].

For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027, email [email protected], or go to www.LiveOakTheatre.org.
Visit them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LiveOakTheatre.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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