Finding Minnesota: Uptown’s HUGE Theater

WCCO | CBS Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The element of surprise is part of any drama or comedy at the theater, but what’s unusual is when the performers on stage are surprised and unaware of what’s happening next.

HUGE Theater puts on nearly 600 shows a year in Uptown, and no two shows are ever alike because there’s no script. Everything is improvised.

Butch Roy is the theater’s executive director.

“The Twin Cities is an amazing place to be not only a performer but an improviser,” Roy said.

It takes nerve for the performers to step out on stage, working with no net, but their strength comes from letting go of fear.

Jill Bernard has been performing and instructing for many years.

“It’s training yourself to take risks that a normal person would back away from,” Bernard said.

Six nights a week, the performers go on a journey in the spotlight. No one has…

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