HIDDEN FALLS: AN IMPROVISED SMALL-TOWN MUSICAL
Hidden Falls is a small town, full of ordinary people who carry not-so-ordinary secrets. Secrets that can only be revealed through song!
We are a troupe of experienced musical improvisers, based in the Boston area, who are pushing the boundaries of the artform of musical improvisation. We are or have been artistic directors, improvisational teachers, actors, moms, dads, sailors, roustabouts, and ne'er-do-wells. We love music, musicals, and making up songs.
Some examples of our recent performances:
- Hidden Falls: The Sticky Bottle
Highlights from a performance on February, 2013, as part of the Comedy Lab at ImprovBoston.
- Hidden Falls: A Hookah Bar / Behind The Shower
Highlights from a performance on February, 2012, as part of the Boston Comedy Arts Festival at ImprovBoston.
- Hidden Falls: Sausage Capital Of the World
Highlights from a performance on March 16, 2011, as part of the Comedy Lab Series at ImprovBoston.
- Hidden Falls: (Penis-shaped) Cupcake Tin Capital Of the World
Highlights from a performance on March 24, 2011, as part of the Comedy Lab Series at ImprovBoston.
- Smallville: Paperweight Capital of the World (complete audio performance)
Jaime Church, Don Schuerman, Misch Whitaker, Monica Shea, Ben Scurria.
With Stephen Gilbane (keys), Jeff Greenwald (drums), and Adam Brooks (perccussion).
|JAIME CHURCH. Jaime performed with ImprovBoston's Family show for four years, and subsequently took over as director for 2 more years. She is also one half of Tiny Little Lungs, a two woman musical improv show. In addition to improv, Jaime has performed in various plays, musicals and operas. She directed Mixed Signals improv troupe, musically directed and coached productions of West Side Story and Godspell, and worked as an assistant director at ImprovBoston on several productions. Jaime holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Masters in Education and uses these degrees to improvise teaching Kindergarten.|
MAT GAGNE (director)|
Mathieu Gagne has been performing, directing, and teaching improvisation for over 20 years. His improvising performing career began with Boston College's My Mother's Fleabag, and continued with critically acclaimed casts at ImprovBoston, including Misunderstood (A Rock Opera), several Gorefests (scripted musicals) and Musical Improv Company. Mat now acts as Improv Director for Hidden Falls, and is recognized across the country for his command of musical improvisation and characterization. Mat was a castmate of Amy Poehler at My Mother's Fleabag and studied with key members of The Upright Citizens Brigade, The Second City, and Improv Olympic. He has taught improv workshops for various universities, organizations, and improvisers alike. Mat is a member of the Board of Directors at ImprovBoston and is the Managing Director of Product Development at eSecLending, a financial services firm.
Kara Gelormini (pronounced Jel-or-meen-y) started performing improvisational comedy in the Boston area in 1998 as a member of Comedie du Jour. She joined ImprovBoston in 2004 where she now consistently performs. Favorite roles include: Laura in Gorefest II: Slaughterhouse on the Praire; Lillian Par in Ladley and Craig; Pez in Lube! The Musical!; and Snow White in Real Housewives of the Magik Kingdom. Ms. Gelormini joined the musical improv troupe Hidden Falls in 2011 and is thrilled to be playing with many of her former castmates. She thanks her husband, Kyle, for his unconditional support.
STEPHEN GILBANE (music director/keyboards)|
Steve joined ImprovBoston in 1991 as their first music director to help them design their first full-length improvised musical, and has never looked back. He was artistic director of Musical Improv Company, a troupe that developed, performed and recorded a variety of improvised musical formats for 6 years. He has taught musical improv techniques around the country for 15 years, and has coached troupes on musicalizing from Santa Cruz, CA to Washington DC. Steve has composed music for 8 Gorefest productions (the annual scripted ImprovBoston musical). He studied film scoring at Berklee College of Music and has scored numerous short films.
JEFF GREENWALD (percussion)|
Jeff Greenwald has been performing with ImprovBoston since 2008, usually showing up with some drums, a guitar, and a whole host of toys including the plastic ‘bone flute, the woobly thing, and a triangle. Before joining ImprovBoston, Jeff worked with Raw Impressions in New York, playing on eight films and six short musicals. He began performing in music theater while attending Alfred University. Jeff has appeared in Modern Drummer (as a columnist) and is a trained ethnomusicologist. And that, along with a few bucks, will get you a nice cup of coffee.
Don Schuerman began performing with ImprovBoston Mainstage in 1997, after 4 years with My Mother's Fleabag (Boston College). He has appeared in numerous ImprovBoston productions and has directed many others. He is co-creator (with composer Steve Gilbane) of GoreFest, ImprovBoston’s annual Halloween musical, as well as being a founding member of Boston’s Musical Improv Company. As Director of Programming at ImprovBoston, Don supervises all of ImprovBoston’s in-house productions. Don has taught improvisation classes for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the National Fire Prevention Association, and numerous regional and college improv troupes. He can be seen on Canadian television in the Comedy Network's World Improv Championships, where he was twice named Most Valuable Player.
Ben Scurria is an actor, improvisational performer and teacher. Ben has been a member of the improvisational comedy groups Without a Box in Claremont, CA and Comedie du Jour in Boston MA. He has appeared in numerous scripted productions such as Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen Of Verona, Twelfth Night, Moliere’s The Miser, and Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. He also appeared as Lieutenant Porter in the World Premier of General Desdemona in Schenectady, NY. Ben taught comedy improvisation at the Hubbard Hall Summer Theatre Conservatory, and has also been a guest instructor at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, VT. Currently Ben is working in Boston, MA where he performs with ImprovBoston as part of the house teams Face Off, Rich Uncle, and of course, Hidden Falls.
Monica Shea has been a cast member in various ImprovBoston showcase shows since 2006, including Tales from the Script, French Kiss me Kate, 3 Holiday shows, and 4 Gorefest original musicals. She also enjoys doing voiceover work and has been honing her improv skills with Hidden Falls for the last year. Her two year old daughter keeps her running (and forces her to watch her language) while her better half Joe keeps her laughing and grounded.
This year Deana has traveled the country (Sarasota, Orlando, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Atlanta) performing with ImprovBoston's Mainstage cast, as well as on its home stage in Boston. Past productions include Lube! The Musical (which she also co-wrote), Gorefest 8: Cirque de Slaute, T:An MBTA Musical, What the Dickens, French Kiss Me Kate, The Real Housewives of the Magik Kingdom, and ImprovBoston's Family Show (where she happily combines her love of comedy, singing and tiny people). Deana also works at ImprovBoston as their Director of Training and Director of Sales. She is also an instructor in the ImprovBoston Comedy School.
Misch Whitaker currently writes and performs on the mainstage cast at Improv Asylum. She can be heard on the animated series Explosion Bus as the voice of Katie (explosionbus.com). Misch cowrote the script for Gorefest 9: MASSacre General Hospital which will debut this October at Improv Boston. Past performance credits include Three Hole Punch, Improv Asylum's NXT, Improv Boston's Friday Night Face Off, and Gorefest 6 and 7. During the day, Misch is a nurse. She would like to point out to her ninth grade algebra teacher that her “making things up” skills have finally paid off. Follow her online @MischW on Twitter.
- For HIDDEN FALLS booking/festival information, contact Stephen Gilbane (sgilbane at gmail.com).