By Brittany Wilkins
If you’re looking to do something entertaining and supportive of the Raleigh community this New Year’s Eve, then look no farther than First Night Raleigh. With almost 100 performances in over 35 venues, First Night Raleigh is an awesome way to explore downtown and jump into 2018 by going local rather than simply nursing a hangover.
This year Wake Living magazine is the media sponsor for Transactors Improv Company’s three performances at the NC Museum of History at 7:30, 8:45, and 10:15 p.m. so there are several chances to watch these amazing performances amaze and delight you.
Transactors is an improv group that was been performing in the Triangle since 1983. Their work focuses on “emotion, physicality, character, commitment, teamwork, and fun.” We spoke to Greg Hohn, president of Transactors, about what their group of actors is all about and what to expect from their performances during First Night. Their troupe is a mixture of both improved comedy and lightly rehearsed scenes—essentially theater with room to breathe and change.
This is a perfect performance to experience on the evening of a new year being born, as we all sometimes need a reminder that we as humans should disregard the judgments of others and be authentically ourselves. Hohn speaks of improvised theatre with a passion that is comparable to how we ought to exist in our day-to-day lives. “It’s important to pay attention to others, to yourself and to your emotional responses. You’re really looking to get lost with someone and find that emotional truth.” He describes the way in which the actors interact and create with one another as both safe and trusting.
The Transactors have been performing First Night Raleigh in the Fletcher Theatre for many years, but they are extremely excited because this year their performance location has been moved to the North Carolina History Museum. What a beautiful way to ring in the New Year in a venue that celebrates the contributions of all North Carolinians past and present all while downtown Raleigh and people around the world are abuzz with a fresh year on the cusp of arriving.
An All-Day Pass for First Night Raleigh, which gives access to nearly two dozen blocks of indoor and outdoor activities and performances, is $11. On New Year’s Eve, the passes are $15. This event is for both adults and kids, so families are encouraged to come and enjoy the enriching experience of local culture and talent. It’s a lot to keep track of, so download the free First Night app to make plans by time, A-Z and/or category.
We here at Wake Living magazine hope to see you there and wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year!