Carolina Improv - FAQ
What exactly does Carolina Improv Company do?

CIC offers improv classes, business training, improv comedy shows for the public at Uptown Theater, private comedy shows for companies, MCs, keynote speakers and flash mobs.

Where exactly is Uptown Theater?
Uptown Theater, named after the Uptown Theater in Chicago, is located INSIDE the Myrtle Beach Mall at 10177 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Enter  the mall entrance at the back of the mall between Bass Pro Shop and Carmike Cinema. 

We 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? and our live shows are very similar. 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.

How do you apply improv to business?
Awesome question! Visit our Business Training page for all of the details, including resources and news articles about improv for professional business development.

Are your shows appropriate for all ages?
Most of our shows are appropriate for all ages. We adjust our shows based on our audience 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 like to call “naughty, not nasty”, laced with some sexual innuendo.

We bought tickets to the show and cannot attend. Can we get a refund?
All sales are final.

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.

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 15 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.

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 Islamorada and Ruby Tuesday in the mall for food prior to or after the show. Outside food and beverage needs to be discarded before entering the theater.

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 the CIC style.

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 create more honest and truthful work, and comedy will be the inevitable (and hilarious) by-product. Our approach is very demanding of the student. We tell you what you need to know in order to improve, with no sugar coating. Otherwise, there is little or no growth for the performer, and we would rather not waste your time or money. 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?
No, classes cannot be audited. Improv is a practical craft that must be studied through participation. Also, classes work together to develop trust and group mind. Having people watch while others are working will affect the group’s comfort level and ability to learn.

Where are your classes held?
Classes are held in Uptown Theater @ Myrtle Beach Mall. To find out where each level is being held during a session, check the class listing 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 seven 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.

Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Your registration and payment are a promise to attend all six classes and to make up any classes that you miss; there are no refunds for missed classes.

How can I be a performer in the show?
All performers have completed all of the improv classes offered by Carolina Improv Company and auditioned in front of an audience and other performers.

How can I ask you more questions?
Send an email to info@carolinaimprov.com