Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. – SumAntics, Indiana University Kokomo's first-ever improvisation troupe, presents their fall show "Ugly Christmas Sweaters." They can't promise the content will be directly related because they make it up as they go.

The show is Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, located in the Kelley Student Center. It's free admission and requires some audience participation and interaction to keep the show going. SumAntics highly encourages wearing an "ugly Christmas sweater" and joining in the fun. Expect adult content.

A second performance will take place on Wednesday, December 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kelley Student Center. "All Things IUK" will kick off the Homecoming festivities. This show is appropriate for all audiences.

Emilee Benge, founder of SumAntics, is looking forward to this performance, since their spring show was such a hit.

"It's exciting to have students, faculty, and staff ask me when the next show is because they are anxious to see the performance," Benge said. "We are ready to show them what we've got and introduce the new faces we have this semester."

Benge and other students who fell in love with improvisation during their Acting I class with Joann Kaiser founded the group in January 2012 as an extension of Drama Club.

"We wanted to bring something new to campus that would draw student interest," Benge added. "You can't get this type of live, comedic entertainment in Kokomo, and it's fun."

SumAntics has increased membership this semester to nine members, but only five are returning members. This year, they have more girls than guys, which has made the chemistry of the group much different than last semester.

"There is a new energy to the group this semester, and everyone is pumped," Benge said. "We have new skits and games, and the new members have worked really hard to improve their improv skills."

SumAntics has worked hard this semester to expand their campus involvement and are trying to help promote IU Kokomo through student organizations. They have started performing during the campus Visit In Person (V.I.P.).

"We are a prime example that if you want to start a club on campus, you can. That is really important to share to incoming students," Benge said.

Story written by Mary Olk, a senior majoring in communication arts. Mary works in the Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.