Dr. Leonora Areola, MSW, DDS, answers audience members' burning questions with fully-improvised comic songs, creating a musical impro-advice column! It's Dear Sugars meets Savage Love meets Whose Line Is It Anyway?!
Ask Leonora has been performed at improv theaters in Oakland and SF, and at Alameda PorchFest. It's a perfect act for private parties and venues of all sizes, hitting all the targets: music, comedy, and audience-participation! Sets can range from 10 to 50 minutes.
Liz Garfinkle is a classically-trained singer, pianist, and improviser, and the founder of Operavised! She can perform other improvised formats, including Holiday songs.
Price Range: $80-$200, plus travel.
Gig Length: 10 - 50 minutes
Languages: English, Italian
What to Expect
The audience can expect a short, funny, interactive, musical show, unlike anything they've ever seen before. After a brief introduction, "Dr. Leonora Areola" will take audience members' questions and transform them into original songs, right before their eyes and ears! Since every show is improvised, we can't know exactly what to expect, but the video links provide some representative samples.
Here's the Music Director of the foremost improv theater in the Bay Area's take on the show:
"What a wonderful and unique improv format Liz has
come up with, and what a wonderful and unique outlet
for her to show off her myriad skills. Not only is she a
fine improvising comic and improvising singer, but her
solo accompaniment gives her flights of fancy full reign.
She’s still finding her footing in this setting and is already
off to a great start, but I’m really looking forward to seeing
how much farther she can go with it."
— Joshua Raoul Brody, BATS musical director
The planner can expect a responsible, organized, self-contained, professional, with no-to-low tech needs, who will leave the guests amazed and entertained. Liz can bring her own instruments or use a piano or keyboard supplied by the event.
Liz Garfinkle is a classically-trained musician and improviser, based in the East Bay. She is the founder of Operavised!, a musical improv troupe, which performs fully-improvised, fully-sung, musicals. (operavised.com) She has performed and/or trained with several great Bay Area improv schools and theaters, including BATS, Berkeley Rep, All Out Comedy Theater, Un-Scripted Theater, PianoFight, and Stagewerx. She has worked with Laura Hall from Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Joshua "Raoul" Brody, the music director of BATS .
Additional Booking Notes
No tech is needed for small venues. Mics may be helpful for larger ones. If you have a piano or keyboard at the event, I'll use it. Otherwise, I'll bring my own.