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Mitchell's Black Box Theatre debuts improv show

From left, A.J. and Aaron Krumholz, both of Mitchell, pose at the recently revamped Black Box Theatre, located in the Pepsi-Cola Theatre in Mitchell. Father and son will both try improvisational comedy for the first time during Saturday's Bbx improv show.

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Bbx's improv show starts at 7:30 p.m. today at the Pepsi Cola Theatre. Tickets are $5, all general admission, available at the Mitchell ACT box office or by calling 996-9137.

"Whose Line" is back, and not just on TV.

Today, the Mitchell Area Community Theatre's Black Box Theatre, or Bbx, will debut its first improvisational comedy show. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Pepsi Cola Theatre; tickets are $5, all general admission.

A.J. Krumholz, one of the four players for the comedy event, said the improv show will be styled after the hit comedy "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" which ran for 10 years on the BBC, then on ABC from 1998 to 2006. After nearly 10 years off the air, it re-aired this summer on the CW to strong ratings.

The show's premise features four comedians who are given scenes or character prompts by the audience and/or host, which the players then act out on the spot. Krumholz said, like the TV show, Bbx's improv show will have four players and a host, who directs the games.

It's one of the ways the Bbx is expanding and working on providing different offerings to the community.

"I'm really excited for it," Krumholz said. "We wanted to do something different, we wanted to do a monthly show ... We didn't want to require a lot of people to dedicate a lot of time. With Bbx, we don't have to commit ourselves as fully as a season show, so it fit in with our mission."

Along with Krumholz, the other players for this show will be his dad, Aaron Krumholz, Arin Winger and Connor Voeltz. It's new territory for all four participants: It's Winger and Voeltz's first time in a Bbx performance, and A.J. and Aaron said this is their first time doing improv.

"This is new territory," Aaron said, admitting he is a little nervous. "The biggest thing about improv is knowing each other. There's going to be some rough patches, but I see it growing to something great."

A.J. Krumholz said right now, they plan to host Bbx improv shows once a month.

"If all goes well, we'll possibly do it twice a month," he said.

And, unlike some other Bbx shows that Krumholz said seek to push boundaries, this improv show will be free of foul language.

"That was our personal goal with this one. We don't want to swear," A.J. Krumholz said. "That's the easy way out."

While this show will be more family friendly than the last Bbx show, Krumholz said he would still suggest a "PG-13" rating.