Teen Troupe Montmoreau Flies Across the Pond to Spend Their Junior Year Abroad

Being a teenager is universally difficult, distinguished by a search for identity and a tendency to act against one’s better judgement. Junior Year Abroad places these personal struggles on a continent-sized stage, following a group of high school Student Leaders on their pan-European class trip as they explore, bicker, posture, and pretend like each new experience is old news to them.

Presented by actual teenagers for anyone with a sense of humor, Junior Year Abroad will send the Greenwood High Student Leaders to a new country every week, allowing them free rein thousands of miles (or is that kilometers?) from their homes and comfort zones. The audience can sit back as the teens stir up drama and insanity and maybe even engage in a bit of self-examination, leaving a mess in their wake and being altogether terrible tourists.

Directors Kevin Anderson (Old Love, Angola) and Nathan Sowell (Friends for Now, Angola) will bring the vacation to life, with technical director Claire Sudolsky (Echo Lake) providing the effects necessary for the show to flow. Creative Director, Kristin Henn, has trained most of the cast of teens through their formative years in ColdTowne’s youth program, Excused Absence.

Junior Year Abroad features teen troupe Montmoreau, with members Asher Koppel, Atticus Mixson, Kevin Murray, Zoë Rabinowitz, Emie Salome, and Zack Shell. They will be joined by a different adult improviser playing the group’s chaperone each week. Mark your calendars to see some of ColdTowne’s favorite performers including Kenah Benefield, Josephh Stahlman, Luke Wallens, and Michael Jastroch. 

“Junior Year Abroad” runs at ColdTowne Theater (4803 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751) Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., January 4 through February 8. Tickets are $10 at the door and $14 online. Family friendly improv and free parking. For more information, contact coldtowne@coldtownetheater.com, call (512) 814-8696, or visit www.coldtownetheater.com.

Cast Members (Back Row Left to Right): Kevin Murray, Asher Koppel, Zoe Rabinowitz, (Front Row Left to Right): Atticus Mixson, Emie Salome, Zack Shell

Tickets:  
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Or https://www.coldtownetheater.com/

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About ColdTowne Theater
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Excused Absence Youth Comedy Festival!

Nate-Sowell-optNathan Sowell is a faculty member of ColdTowne Theater and has been performing comedy for the last 10 years all over the US. He is a recipient of a B. Iden Payne award for Best Improv Ensemble and winner of Best Coach of ColdTowne 2016. He has worked with Austin youth over the last 5 years and is a proud instructor for Excused Absence Youth Comedy.

What is the Excused Absence Youth Comedy Festival about?

ExAb Fest is a three day comedy festival meant to provide a platform for young comedians in central Texas. We have pulled together some of the best performers and teachers of comedy that Austin has to offer and put then in one place. We also filled our schedule with some extremely talented youth comedians and our hope is to foster a sense of community for aspiring comedians. This Festival is all about finding other young comedians that share your same comic sensibilities and learning together from the best of the best.

What are you most excited about during the festival?

This is a very hard question. We have so many great group with completely different types of acts that will be playing. I am definitely looking forward to seeing Bilbo Swaggins, a group of 10-12 year olds who have been performing together since the beginning of the year. They perform one of my favorite improv formats, a Screw Puppy, which was created in Chicago at The Annoyance Theater. I am also looking forward to The Back Pack’s silent sketch show, and the Alamo Drew House that will be serving food from In N Out during their performance!

For more information about the Excused Absence Youth Festival go to https://excusedabsencecomedyfest.com/