For over six years, these Yakima natives have been bringing the funny with their quick wits and high-energy hijinks. An improv comedy group, Manic Thunder's act is simple but effective; they produce instant comedic bits based on suggestions from the audience- nothing prepared, everything improvised.
Aaron Bennett is addicted to improv. He started out joking around with friends and public access sketch comedy shows; but that wasn't enough. Cable shows were the gateway that led to community theatre. Next came stand-up comedy, hosting a local comedy club, and opening for the other junky-lifers. There he stumbled onto a gang of other comics and learned about their latest craze - comedic improv. There was no remembering lines, it's all made up! They had him. Here he is, many years later, hooked on chuckles and slammin' down cold-opens with belly-laugh chasers. What would my parents say?...*sob*.
Matthew Trickey has been playing in the public pool that is the Yakima Valley arts scene for nearly half his life (always with one hand firmly clutching the edge of the shallow end). A graduate of Selah High School and a former Selah Player, Matt performed comedic parts in three seasons’ worth of plays, including touring Children’s Theatre productions. “Acting in Children’s Theatre was a real treat,” he explains. “Getting to be a goof in front of itty-bitties and missing class to do it? That’s a no-brainer.” Out in the real world, his past work includes roles in “Book of Days” at YVCC, “Tony ‘n’ Tina’s Wedding” at the Capitol Theatre, and previous Zonta Murder Mystery productions “Ooops!” and “And Then There Was…” at the Yakima Convention Center. Today, in addition to being a member of Manic Thunder, Matthew can also be seen on various street corners throughout Yakima holding a hand-written sign that reads “WILL WORK 4 ATTENTION”.
Tim Hubert pursues all kinds of interests in his continuing effort to become a "jack of all trades, master of none", including creative writing, Star Wars movies, and reading shampoo bottles. He's worked many jobs including over 15 years at a local radio station 94.5 KATS-fm. He's been indulging in his latest love of entertaining the public on stage with stand up and improv comedy! Making people laugh is what he truly loves to do. His grandmother always said "If you can make one person laugh a day, you will change the world." He tries to make big groups of people laugh at once, so he can take Sundays off.
Scott McLaughlin had his early dreams of being Batman dashed by his parents' stance against being killed in a mugging gone wrong. So he traveled the world and discovered the one eternal truth in life... people love to laugh! Scott has a long history of comedy and acting but now spends his days as a mild mannered teacher and his nights bringing laughter into the world. One pratfall at a time. Scott has acted in numerous amateur and professional productions, wrote for two sketch comedy shows and is one the founding members of Manic Thunder Improv Troupe.
Julie Chacon is the mother of three boys, a girl, and a husband, but still finds time to be very involved in theatre and the arts. She's enjoyed performing at the Warehouse Theatre Company as well as clowning around with Manic Thunder. Her favorite show was Beehive where she got to channel the musical genius of Janis Joplin, the "girl power" lyrics of Lesley Gore, and the cardio pumping dance moves as an Ikette. She proudly wears the title given to her from the guys as the "Gilda Radner" of Manic Thunder!
Justin Mateo, traveling the world as an aspiring songwriter, was finally able to catch a break after getting a job at a women-run New York City bar that teases its male patrons. He quickly came out of his shell using his skills as a mix-ologist and dancer to get what he wanted! He decided he was going to change the world, one vodka hip thrust at a time. Disappointed when he discovered this was the plot of the film Coyote Ugly, Justin stuck to what he could do best... make people laugh. Whether it's the quick wit, wacky ideas, or the occasional hip thrust... Justin will get the job done!
Rob Messer, bitten by a radio-active spider, didn’t develop super-human abilities or die. Rob did however laugh in Death's face (later, Death was found to be a poster of the rock band GWAR). His super-human abilities did surface however, giving him the quick wit and comedic genius as well as sweet dance moves to entertain audiences. When Rob is not making the funny, he's fighting fires, teaching the youth of America, playing baseball and lovin' the ladies. This man is so many shades of grey, he's purple.
Perry Peltier burst onto the scene in Seattle performing improv through theater sports in the early 90's. As a journeyman for the United Stuntmen's Association, he worked on commercials, film and television, including "Northern Exposure". Currently working as a magician, Perry entertains children throughout the North West. He loves the excitement of watching his three children perform musical theater (which they are better at than he could ever be).
From The Sound of Music to the visual poetry of high flying acrobatics, get ready for a series full of excitement and memories!
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
September 1&2, 2017
The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
November 28&29, 2017
A re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope, this timeless celebration of friendship reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
December 18&19, 2017
An enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, this production contains Oscar-winning songs, all your favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz.
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
January 29&30, 2018
It began as one man’s story…became everyone’s music…and is now Broadway’s hit musical. From boxer to music mogul Motown’s Berry Gordy shattered barriers and launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. The sounds that shaped our lives are the sounds of Motown.
S by C!RCA
April 14&15, 2018
Since 2004 Circa has been at the frontier of new circus – creating powerful works of circus art that challenge, thrill and delight. Featuring an ensemble of multi-skilled circus artists, Circa’s award-winning works have been seen in 39 countries across six continents. Perfect for the whole family.
The new Concert Series offers a special opportunity to experience music in the grand setting of the Capitol Theatre.
October 26, 2017
Fusing Mediterranean and Flamenco music styles, Barcelona’s Las Migas features the stunning beauty and music of Alba Carmona, Marta Robles, Alicia Grille and Roser Locos.
February 17, 2018
Acclaimed as “the premier men’s vocal ensemble” (Fanfare), Cantus performs innovative and engaging programming sifting across multiple musical genres with great virtuosity.
February 22, 2018
This three-time Grammy-nominated music group is one of the hottest Latin bands today. Get ready to get up and dance to their sophisticated mix of jazz harmonies and seductive Latin rhythms.
Bring the family and experience live performance in a setting where wonder and excitement jump from the stage.
October 22, 2017
A multi-talented artist who presents a unique brand of visual humor and inventive music. His unique and unusual performances entertain, charm, and above all, they make audiences laugh!
ACROBATIC CONUNDRUM - LOVE AND GRAVITY
November 5, 2017
Engaging and amazing! Blending virtuosic circus skill, dance and physical theater, Acrobatic Conundrum creates a work that is poetic, a little absurd, beautiful and deeply relatable.
FEATHERS OF FIRE: A PERSIAN EPIC
March 11, 2018
The graphics, rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, come to life in a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all Ages.
The Capitol Edge Series features a lineup of laugh-out-loud, jaw-dropping, show-stopping, occasionally irreverent entertainment – definitely not for the kiddies. Cheers! You just nailed date night.
February 8-10, 2018
Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses. What you thought about princesses will never be the same!
GOD IS A SCOTTISH DRAG QUEEN
March 9&10, 2018
Hilarious, divinely and wickedly funny, God dressed in a floral power suit, comes to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope.
DIXIE’S TUPPERWARE PARTY
May 3-5, 2018
She’s Back…the fast-talking Tupperware Lady that packed up her catalogues and left her children in an Alabama trailer park to share her alternative uses for plastic products with you!
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