Improv In Sanity, the University of Maine’s theater improv group, will perform Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at Medomak Valley High School, Manktown Road. Tickets are $3 for the event, which will benefit the junior class, and they are limited; to reserve tickets, call the school at 832-5389.

Improv In Sanity was started last year as a interest group and has just marked its one-year anniversary as a student organization on the UMaine campus. The troupe performs twice a year in the Black Box or Pavilion theatera and recently has been performing in the Bears Den, the on-campus pub.

The group’s director, James Skrabak, is a second-year zoology major with a theater minor. Manager Max Weiss is a second-year mechanical engineer from Bar Harbor. Maegan Connor, secretary, and she is a fourth-year English major. Other members are Emily Hinkle, a second-year biology major with a theater minor; Sarah McGillicuddy, a second-year microbiology major; undeclared major students Stew Vassar and Pat Lane; and, from Owls Head, Abby Jones, a second-year communications major double-minoring in theater and political science.

Improv In Sanity is a group dedicated to producing performance that is both entertaining and artistically substantial through the practice of a variety of techniques. Because of the dynamic nature of improvisational theater, Improv In Sanity is able to flexibly adapt to the needs and environment of each performance arena. The goal is to provide a show that is both entertaining and intellectually stimulating.

“We are not strictly a comedy group, focusing also on the truth that lies beneath the humor. We examine all aspects of reality in a way that our audience can relate to — examining human nature and everyday issues that are both meaningful and humorous,” said Jones.

Inprov In Sanity also strives to educate its audience by introducing exercises and ideas that encourage deeper thinking about things that are easily taken for granted or overlooked. The troupe also encourages the audience to participate in the experience, creating more of a collaborative experience. The audience is a part of the creative process and shares in the gratification at seeing the final product.

“We are capable of tailoring our show to the venue, whether it be a small group of theater students who are eager to actively participate; or a large audience from all areas of interest who may never have seen an improv show,” said Jones.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.