Recently, Equinox launched a Children’s Matinee Series with puppet shows, musicals, plays, and “Silly Moose Improv” on Saturdays at 2 pm. Equinox also hosts a monthly Comedy Death Match; an improvisation show with two teams, which Goodman explains as, “Improv Gladiators performing to the death, with bragging rights as the prize.” Goodman and Kisiel themselves were inspired to write plays after participating in Billing’s Venture Theatre play festival, so began an Original One Act Play Festival with open submission for plays. The 2nd Annual One-Act Festival with five plays by local playwrights produced with actors from the community takes place this January. Equinox also heads the Bozeman division of the International Fringe Theatre Festival, which features hundred of performances in urban areas. but here will begin with several cutting edge performers to start, and grow as the community does.
Goodman also has created Improvisation for the Spirit workshops, which teach women personal growth and insight through improvisational experiences. “It serves as a tension release; women love it, and they feel better about themselves no matter how they come in,” observes Goodman. She tours monthly with the workshops around the country. Participant Valerie Harms recalls, “I would never sing in public, but she (Goodman) had me performing an operatic aria – I felt anything was possible.”
As a nonprofit, fundraising is a constant concern. “We’re never short on ideas, just short on people hours; that’s the difference that fundraising has made – we can now hire additional people instead of coming to a grinding halt in an insane asylum,” Goodman muses. After ten years of hard work, growth this year in private and business support, NEA and Montana Arts Council funding, and more paid performances at far-reaching venues allowed the group to hire four part time troupe members. Equinox’s board recently expanded from 5 members to 10, better reflecting their wide-ranging community support. This, Davis says, “positions us for the major upcoming growth spurt we’re anticipating.”
Equinox shows are often sold out so they are looking for a larger theatre space and will begin a major capital campaign to that end. “We want to grow and continue to develop a deeper relationship with Bozeman and have our growing reputation reflect well on the community,” Goodman says.
Equinox Theatre Company is located at 2304 N. 7th, Suite C-1, Bozeman, Montana 59715. For more information on donating, business sponsorship, booking private performances, theatre rental, classes, or for ticket reservations, call 406/587-0737, email [email protected], or visit www.equinoxtheatre.com.
~ Kris King is a Livingston writer who worships comedians, not saints.