Mallory

Thou, Mallory, improv her goddess; to thy comedy her services are bound. Wherefore should we stand in the plague of budget cuts and permit the curiosity of students to wither? No, for she is some twelve or fourteen characters presented sequentially, brother, bastard, base? Her dimensions are as well compact as her mind is generous and her shape is true as honest comedy’s issue? Her brand is us.

Natalia

All the way from Bogota, Colombia; beloved by Half-Masted, Buzzfeed, VOGUE, and MTV, Natalia Tinoco will take the negativity in the room, trap it in a snow globe, shake it up, and then toss it into the heart of an active volcano. That metaphor worked better in my head. Let’s talk literally: Natalia is amazing onstage and you will be delighted to see her perform!

An interview with Natalia

Best food to order at a fast food place: M&M McFlurry
Something you’re good at: Zumba

Ray

My measurements are 36″ 32″ 48″ so there is no way these hips can lie to you. I can’t say the same for my other end, but I will say that my Dad knows Bill Gates, and actually went to school will Bill Gates in Bolivia. The teacher was really mean, and said something extremely rude to Bill Gates. My Dad, the hero that he is, told that teacher that Bill Gates was the smartest most bestest guy in the whole world. And then, Albert Einstein came in and shook my Dad’s hand, and gave him the very first Nobel Peace Prize. That’s right, my Dad is Alfred Nobel. Don’t mess with me, I’m the next in line to inherit peace.

Half-Masted at the CAC!

Another show?! That’s correct, folks! Half-Masted is back for our end-of-semester show at the Communication Arts Center at the University of Northern Iowa on the night of April 22nd!

Where: University of Northern Iowa Communication Arts Center (Room 108) 1555 W 27th St. Cedar Falls, IA

When: April 22nd 7-8pm (Family-friendly) & 8:15-9pm (more adulty)

Cast list:

Jacob Meade
Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Logan Chaloupka
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

See the Facebook event for the early show!

See the Facebook event for the late show!

Half-Masted at RodCon 2017!

Fresh off having a show the night before, we will be warmed up and energized (probably because of caffeine, not sleep) for our performances at……. RodCon at the University of Northern Iowa! 

When: Saturday, April 1st, 2017 (RodCon is from 10am-4pm)

Where: University of Northern Iowa Rod Library 1227 W 27th St, Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Cast list:

Jacob Meade
Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Logan Chaloupka
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

 

Check out RodCon’s Facebook event here!

 

Half-Masted at The Lampost!

Back at it again at The Lampost Theatre! Come see our shenanigans that we make up in front of your eyes on March 31st in Cedar Falls, Iowa!

When: Friday, March 31st, 2017 @7-8pm

Where: The Lampost Theatre 204 W Seerley Blvd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

Cast list:

Jacob Meade
Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Logan Chaloupka
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

 

Check out the Facebook event!

Jesse

Jesse no longer does improv, but he does enjoy the occasional joke. He was in the troupe from 2003-2005.

An interview with Jesse

Best food to order at a fast food place: Incredibly inauthentic, overly-sweetened Chinese food.

Something you’re known for: Excessive volume.

Movie you wish you were in: The Fast and the Furious III: Tokyo Drift

Life goal: Already achieved when the Pittsburgh Pirate’s parrot mascot let me wear his oversized novelty hat.

Favorite thing to do in your free time: Shake my fist at those dang neighborhood kids on my lawn.

Best thing about improv: Improv has everything, and you can get into all sorts of wacky situations! You could be in a scene where you pretend to be a chipmunk! Improv has everything.

FUN FACT: Jesse earned his doctorate solely for the ability to say “That’s DOCTOR Wozniak to you!” It was a worthwhile use of seven and a half years of his life.

Larissa

Aaaannnd in this corner, wearing cheap perfume and weighing the same as a wet squirrel, Larissa Pray – a.k.a. “LL Cool Pray”, a.k.a. “Reading Rainbow”, a.k.a. “Larissa Explains it All”. Larissa can be found on the streets of Des Moines, guitar in hand, watching airplanes take off and land. When she’s not making music, or crying in her car, Larissa is busy making America gay again.

www.larissapray.com

An interveiw with Larissa

Best food to order at a fast food place: French fries

Movie you wish you were in: “Carol” (2015)

Life goal: Create a vintage “sister group” where we perform hits of the 1950’s in casinos and nursing homes around the country.

Favorite comedian: Sarah Silverman

Best thing about improv: I can be as weird as I want to be without having to apologize for it.

FUN FACT: I had a sandwich with Barack Obama, told him he should run for president, and then after he won he followed me on Twitter.

 

Half-Masted in Exira, IA!

Exira here we come! Saturday, March 11th, join us in Exira, Iowa for dinner, a silent auction, and our show to benefit the community center! We are so excited and we hope to see you guys there!

When: Saturday, March 11th from 5:30-9pm (we are at 7pm)

Where: Exira Recreational Center 106 Jefferson St, Exira, Iowa 50076

Cast list:

Mallory Park
Danny Ready
Rachael Smith
Bronwyn May
Sarah Betz
Kamal Al-Dheeb
Layne LeQuatte

Check out the Facebook event!

Half-Masted at Coulee Region Improv & Sketch Festival!

We are honored to have been invited to this year’s Improv & Sketch Festival in La Crosse, WI!

There will lots and lots of incredible improv troupes from around the area that we will perform at the festival and we can’t wait to watch and learn from them!

When: 7pm (Event runs all weekend, this is just when we perform)

Where: 428 Front St S, La Crosse WI 54601

Cast list:
Mallory Park
Rachael Smith
Bronwyn May
Natalia Tinoco
Sarah Betz
Logan Tobler
Blair Mirka
Layne LeQuatte

Check out the Facebook event!

Check out the festival’s website!

Auditions January 24th & 26th, 2017!

Love improv and being a part of a fantastic troupe? Half-Masted is holding auditions at the University of Northern Iowa campus January 24th and 26th!

Who will be there: The current Half-Masted troupe and all of you guys!

When: January 24th and 26th, 2017. Both from 5-7pm.

Where: Bartlett Hall room 1017

Don’t be nervous! We will be playing improv games and having lots of fun getting to know everyone! You don’t need to bring anything! No sweat!

 

Sarah

“Sarah,” asked Tonya one day in a quiet voice, “Why does the moon feel so cold when I hold it in my hands?” Sarah didn’t know how to answer such a question. Cold? In her hands? What was Aunt Tonya even asking? Why was she the way she was. And for that matter, why was Sarah the way she was? These were the questions, the big questions, not “Why does the moon feel so cold when I hold it in my hands.” But yet, but yet, but yet…

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