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Iditaprov presents: Theatre Without a Net! (Conscious Comedy!)

Sept 4th & 5th 7:30pm, doors open @ 7
Tickets $10/$12 online, $13/$15 at the door

Iditaprov is ramping up for a side splitting improv summer send off show. A script-defying feat hosted by the Denali Arts Council.

Usually known for fast-paced short form competitive improv comedy, Iditaprov proudly debuts its first feature length long form show.

As you know, Short-form improv involves  performers asking for a variety of suggestions from the audience through out the show, then creating scenes and playing games based on each of those suggestions, much in like the show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?”

But in Long-form improv the performers take a single audience suggestion (word, location, song lyric, line of dialogue, or conversation) then improvise an ENTIRE show inspired by that one suggestion. This type of improv creates in-depth characters and story lines that intertwine and weave into each other.

In Talkeetna style long-form, or “Conscious Comedy”, we host a conversation with a guest expert on a public policy or social issue.  Following this interview, our improvisers create comedy theatre inspired by that conversation.

On Friday September 4th our featured guests will be Will Peterson of KTNA, discussing funding for public radio, memberships, and the importance of community radio.

On September 5th our featured guest will be Dan Harrell & Kaitlin Palmer of the Talkeetna Elementary PTA’s Healthy Lifestyles Committee will be discussing the healthy snacks program, the Bun 2 Bun run and more.

Each night a portion of ticket sales will go to our guest organization.  Come out and enjoy a bit of Theater Without A Net and support some of your favorite local non-profits at the same time.

Theater Without a Net stars a cast of local improvisors (and a special guest or two) creating live, unscripted, comedy theatre – never seen before (or again).


Parlor in the Round

Parlor in the RoundFriday September 11th, 7:30pm (doors open at 7)
Tickets $10 /$12  online ($13/$15 at the door)

Parlor in the Round is a concert tour that normally takes place monthly at the Taproot in Anchorage….but we are bringing it to Talkeetna for One Night Only!

Songwriters from all walks of Alaskan life (and some beyond) trade songs and stories as they are inspired by each other and the audience. Hosted by Kevin Worrell and Nick Condon, this event will feature the music and stories of Larry Zarella, Jimmy Sandy, and Kat of the Super Saturated Sugar Strings.

For more information on Parlor in the Round, visit Parlor In The Round on Facebook.

13 Weeks of Summer Community Photo Challenge

Weekly from June through August

13 weeks of summer

Join the Denali Arts Council for weekly photo challenges throughout the 2015 summer. This is a drop-in challenge, so if you miss a week, (or choose to only participate in challenge or two) that’s a-okay. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera (or phone!) you use, or how much experience you have with photography; everyone is welcome to join in the fun.  Find more information here….


Talkeetna Brewfest 2015

Brewfest photoWhen: Saturday, September 19th from 2pm-6pm
Where: Sheldon Community Arts Hangar
Cost: $50 for up to fifteen 4 oz. samples
Age: Must be 21 or older with proof of I.D.

Limited tickets are available, so early purchase is encouraged.

Calling all beer lovers! Come sample a wide variety of craft beers provided by more than a dozen different Alaska breweries and help raise funds for Northern Susitna Institute in the process.  Northern Susitna Institute is a collaborative non-profit educational organization that runs a variety of programs. Northern Susitna Institute provides students of all ages the opportunity to learn, share ideas and develop real life skills through creating, supporting, facilitating and implementing a variety of experience-based academic programs, workshops, conferences, and community partnerships.  To learn more about NSI, go to


Summer Drama….and my office is Awesome!

It’s Summer time and the stage is hopping here at the DAC.  Some days I feel like my office is a windowless cave that keeps me hidden from the world, but other days….. well, who else can say they have live theatrical productions unfolding in their office?

Circus has come and gone, but we have lots drama underway that we hope to entertain you with throughout the summer.  First up is the Complete History of America, Abridged ….. just in time for the 4th of July!

Some of you may remember the Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged, which Denali Drama performed in 2012…… well hang on to your socks cause they are at it again!  Only this time they will teach you as much of America’s history as they can in 6000 seconds.  Get ready to laugh and learn a few things you thought you know (but didn’t).  This show is PG-13, so use your best judgment when deciding which kids to bring…..  Open minds and good senses of humor encouraged!  2 weekends.

Next up is our Summer Stock – aka Talkeetna Youth Musical Theater – production of Seussical the Musical.  The talented youth of Talkeetna are working hard to bring you this fabulous show, which showcases a montage of Dr. Seuss’s most beloved characters, including Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and Mayzie La Bird.  During this production you will be transported from the Jungle of Nool, to the tiny world of the Who’s, then off across the sea to Circus McGurkus.  3 nights only….. this is one to plan your vacation around.

September’s show is still a bit of a mystery, even to me.  Iditaprov will be back on our stage, but in what format, I do not know.  Stay tuned to learn more….. In the mean time, Iditaprov is performing competitive Improv 2 nights a week (Mondays and Wednesdays) at the Talkeetna Alaska Lodge.  Tickets can be bought at the front desk, shows start at 7:30.

Alright, I’ll get back to work and keep on keeping the drama on the stage.  Til next time, Holli @ the Hangar

Making the most of YOUR Arts Council

Have you ever wondered how events come to be at the Denali Arts Council?  Do you ever find yourself thinking, “You know, it would be really cool to see ________________ happening here in Talkeetna.” or “I wish they would do more of  _________________ at the hangar.”  Well, the truth of the matter is that YOU, as a creative member of the community, have the power to help make those decisions.


You could set the stage!

A community Arts council sets a stage, but is only a reflection of creativity and imagination.   In order for the DAC to express the artistic sentiment of Talkeetna, locals must be willing to share their talents and ideas. What gets showcased is what people like you choose to put into it through artistic partnerships and volunteering.

The Denali Arts Council is an umbrella organization with with a variety of artistic programs under its rim.  While most of our programs have ongoing activities, several have become stagnate due to lack of involvement or leadership.  Here is where YOU come in!

your art could be hereCurrently there are openings for Directors in three of our programs: Talkeetna Artists Guild (fine arts), Susitna Muse (writers group), and Local Motion…for the Love of Dance. As the director of a program, you have a lot of freedom to design events, workshops, and shows.  You can express yourself creativity and set the vision of the program. You can be the director or you could get involved to just produce one show or workshop.

So if you find yourself thinking “Man, I really wish they would show more ____________________”, consider putting your artistic passion to the test and get involved today!