Alexandria Native Looks to Amuse in "Party Bus"
We ARE Productions, in cooperation with The Clifton Players, presents the sketch comedy show, Party Bus.
To be clear, the performance does not actually take place on a bus, but instead at the Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside. The title, says We ARE Productions co-founder Ricky W. Glore, “is more about the state of mind than an actual venue.”
Glore is an Alexandria native who graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor of arts degree in theatre with an emphasis in improv and a minor in creative writing in 2009. This skill set would serve him well when he moved to Chicago in 2010 to pursue his goal of becoming a comedy writer for a late night show with his ultimate dream being to work on Saturday Night Live.
In Chicago, Glore trained at Improv Olympic and Second City. One of his first gigs was working as an understudy and writer for Bye, Bye Liver, a long-running sketch comedy/drinking game show. That group had just acquired a theater near Wrigley Field called the Public House Theatre where the drinking show was the main stage attraction. The venue also sported an 80-seat black box theater that the owner offered as performance space to the company, an opportunity Glore jumped at leading to his first original full-length show called Dating Inc.
He followed that show with one that combined his love of horror films and of ‘90s boy band music. A Nightmare on Backstreet set the story of A Nightmare on Elm Street to the songs of the Backstreet Boys and enjoyed a successful sold-out run. (He hopes to remount that show locally in the near future.)
While in Chicago, Glore met his future wife, Ali Delianides, and the two married in the fall of 2009. Glore returned to Northern Kentucky in the winter of 2017, a move prompted by a desire to continue to perform, start a family near family, and to “buy a home near the city,” he jokes.
What can you expect on the Party Bus? Skits include a new take on the musical Grease; the worst pick-up lines ever; a life told in emojis; a karaoke night that goes horribly wrong; and a couple of visits from William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States. The original comic sketches are written and performed by Ali Delianides, Alicia DeVore, Billy DeVore, Ricky Glore, and Chance Kilgour. The show includes additional material by Amanda Teemley and the music stylings of Riley Bachman.
Performances of Party Bus take place at the Liberty Exhibition Hall in Northside, which has been newly reopened to the public after 73 years. Over a century ago, vaudeville acts would fill this space and entertain audiences with their wide-ranging acts of performance artistry. Free street parking is available as well as a pay lot next to The Littlefield.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door or for purchase in advance online.
Performances of the PARTY BUS continue on Saturdays through April 13. All performances are at 8 p.m. Advisory: PARTY BUS is recommended for ages 18 and up.
For tickets, click here or call the box office at 859.957.1940.
Written by Rob Bucher, RCN contributor
Photo by Brian Lamm Media (provided)
Party bus logo by Dylan Grubish