TransActors

Events Calendar

December

19Public performance, Going/Home: A Musical Show About Being There and Getting There for the Holidays, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (8 p.m.). Admission: $15 general; $12 seniors, $10 students and ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

“Whatever your religion or lack thereof may be, the holidays are usually about home,” says director Greg Hohn. “We seem to be heading there or waiting for others to arrive to celebrate the various things we celebrate. Sometimes we’re just going home in our minds to a simpler time in the past or a better time in the future.

“The audience will follow numerous characters and their storylines. While not being an out-and-out musical, the show will have lots of music, including singing by the actors. Everything is improvised, including the melodies, lyrics, and choreography.”

This two-act show features live musical accompaniment by Fred Jacobowitz (clarinet), Rob Ladd (drums), and musical director Glenn Mehrbach (piano). Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Bart Hubbard, Juliet Kaplan, and Steve Scott make up the cast. Jenn Evans masters technical effects from the booth.

Musical director Glenn Mehrbach first worked with Transactors in 2000. Formerly musical director for cabaret chanteuse Andrea Marcovicci, and pianist and arranger for Carolina Ballet, Glenn is currently Music Director at Community Church of Chapel Hill, Unitarian Universalist, Music Performance Instructor at Camelot Academy in Durham, and Staff Associate in the Music and Theatre departments at Duke University.

Drummer Rob Ladd has a resume as long as your arm with a drumstick in it. He has played on recordings by and on tour with artists including Roger Daltrey, Susanna Hoffs, Alanis Morissette, Tom Paxton, the Red Clay Ramblers, and the Pressure Boys.

Clarinetist Fred Jacobowitz received bachelors and masters degrees from the Juilliard School and made his New York Debut at Carnegie Recital Hall (now Weill Hall) as winner of the Artists International Competition. After establishing a career in New York, Jacobowitz became Principal Clarinetist in the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (1989-2002). He is equally at home in the worlds of classical, jazz, folk, and klezmer. He has performed as recitalist and soloist throughout the US and Canada and in Panama.

31Public performances, First Night Raleigh, Fletcher Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh (7, 9, and 10:30 pm)

January

10Public performance, Transactors Improv: for Families!, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (6 p.m.). Admission: $10 general; $8 seniors, $6 students and ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

Transactors Improv: For Families! returns to The ArtsCenter with the theme "2015: Dreaming, Playing and Adventures for the New Year." This made-up-on-the-spot show is intended for families with kids in grades K-8. Like old Bugs Bunny cartoons, it's aimed at younger audiences but has lots to amuse grownups too.

The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steve Scott.

February

7Public performance, The Love Show, The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro (8 p.m.). Admission: $15 general; $12 seniors, $10 students and ArtsCenter Friends. Visit The ArtsCenter or call (919) 929-2787 for tickets, more information, and directions.

It’s time to climb aboard the love roller coaster! Transactors’ The Love Show is an improvised look at the ups and downs of romantic relationships. Are we screaming from joy, fear, or something else?

The two-act show features short and long improvised scenes, all based on audience suggestions and all focused on love. The first act is unrelated scenes, featuring music with pianist Glenn Mehrbach. The second part is a long form, an unscripted play comprised of interrelated scenes.

“Romantic love brings out the best—and worst—in all of us,” says director Greg Hohn. “What could be more important and risky? It’s a playground for improvisers. Plus we get to kiss each other a lot.”

The cast for The Love Show includes Anoo Brod, Greg Hohn, Juliet Kaplan, Bart Hubbard, Steve Scott, and Jane Allen Wilson. Jenn Evans handles lights and sound.

14Public performance, Transactors Improv: for Families!, Common Ground Theatre, 4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham (1 p.m.). Admission: $10 general; $8 seniors, $6 students. Visit Common Ground Theatre or call (919) 384-7817 for tickets, more information, and directions.

Transactors Improv: For Families! presents "Be Mine--Or Else..." Valentine's Day silliness for families with kids in grades K-6! "Be Mine--Or Else..." is an improvised show based on audience suggestions. Like Bugs Bunny cartoons, it's aimed at younger audiences but has lots to amuse grownups too.

The cast includes director Anoo Brod, Bart Hubbard, and Steve Scott.