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Wittenberg Series Welcomes Famed Comedy Troupe Second City Touring Company Oct. 20

October 6, 2011  
 Filed in Arts and Culture, Community, Events

Springfield, Ohio – One of the world’s best-known comedy troupes will make a return engagement to Wittenberg University as Second City Touring Company performs at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Chakeres Memorial Theatre, 905 Woodlawn Avenue. The show, Laugh Out Loud, is presented by The Wittenberg Series with support from the Ruth B. and Thomas F. Mackey Charitable Trust.

Like all Wittenberg Series events, the performance by Second City Touring Company is free and open to the public. However, tickets are required. They are available at the Benham-Pence Student Center and can be reserved by phone at 937-327-7443.

Second City Touring Company is celebrating 50 years in the entertainment business in 2011. Founded in Chicago by Paul Sills, Howard Alk and Bernie Sahlins, the comedy troupe’s entertainment was originally based on the improvisational games of Sills’ mother, Viola Spolin. The company quickly developed a national reputation and is now considered one of the most influential in the world.

Second City Touring Company is well known for its training centers in the some of the largest cities in North America that have produced many of the world’s most distinguished comedy stars. Among the troupe’s most famous alumni are former Satuday Night Live stars John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and Tina Fey, in addition to screen and television stars John Candy, Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert. 

Second City Touring Company members will also host a student workshop at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.

The Wittenberg Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. All facilities are accessible without climbing stairs. Audio-description services and interpreters for the visually- or hearing-impaired will be provided with 72-hour notice prior to each event. To reserve a Wittenberg Series poster, or to become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at 937-327-7465 or via e-mail at

Written By: Sydney Watsek


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