VIENNA — Dennis Price and his group Capitol City Improv will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at the Vienna Union Hall.

In 2011, Capital City Improv was “The Dennis Price Comedy Hour” at the Emporium in Readfield. These early shows were a combination of improv, music and trivia.

As the audiences grew, they quickly needed to find a new home. Things were changed up and some friends joined the group. Capitol City Improv was born. Using audience suggestions and interviews, Capital City Improv created unique, on-the-spot comedy shows that live for one night only.

The Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta is now the home base to the group, thus the Capitol City name. While this beautiful venue is their home, they want to continue bringing their style of improvisation all over the state.

Price, founder of Capital City Improv, studied and performed improvisation in Chicago with The Second City and IO Theater (formerly ImprovOlympic) While performing with IO house team Honeyslide, Price watched and worked with some of the best improvisers in Chicago.

Since coming to Maine in 1998, Price has worked as an actor, performer, improviser, teacher and director. He worked with the Theater at Monmouth for 12 years, and he was also seen at the Penobscot Theater in Bangor and The Public Theater in Lewiston. uring the summer, he performs with ImprovAcadia in Bar Harbor.

Capital City Improv founder Price teaches improvisation the same way he learned it: using agreement and collaboration.

“You can create beautiful improvised scenes that can continue to grow and develop through the giving and receiving of information. Make the other person look good, and you trust them to do the same,” said Price, according to the release. Price teaches theater at Winthrop High School and also directs the drama program. He lives in Readfield with his wife Dania, and Charlotte, the wonder poodle.

For the Vienna show, Price will be accompanied by Julie Poulin, of Monmouth, and one other performer. Poulin also performs with the group, Mainely Improv.

Tickets for this show are $10. They can be purchased online on the Vienna Union Hall website or from individuals in Vienna. For more information about Capitol City Improv, call 293-2674 or 293-2362 or email [email protected].

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