|Initial Run||Dec 2011|
Townsville is a scripted version of the improv format Close Quarters. Each Townsville script takes place in a single location (typically a building or business) over a short period of time (typically under an hour) in the fictional Austin suburb of Townsville, Texas. Each script is titled after the location where the show takes place.
Tim & Nicole met in their improv troupe Nice Astronaut when she joined in late 2009. They both wanted to write a Close Quarters based improv show, but the rest of the improv troupe wasn't interested at the time, so they formed a separate group.
The name is intended to invoke a generic town that could be anywhere. Townsville, Texas is intended to be an amalgamation of Pflugerville and Budda, Texas. The usage of "town" in the name was accidental and is not intended to invoke the spelling of ColdTowne Theater or an association like Tim's former sketch group UpTowne.
MacDaddy's Bar & Grill
Townsville's first script took place at a fictional sleazy small-town bar named "MacDaddy's" and was composed of 5 core sketches with 3 beats each and 3 transition sketches with 3 beats each (similar to what would be an 8x3 Harold).
The show debuted at ColdTowne Theater in late December 2011 when Tim & Nicole paid to rent out ColdTowne Theater for 2 nights while the theater was dark for the holidays. "MacDaddy's" was then performed at the Frontera Short Fringe Festival in February 2012. Tim & Nicole had directed the show up to this point, but once they were given a March 2012 run at ColdTowne Theater on Saturday nights, they got Clifton Highfield to direct the show. The MacDaddy's script was performed a total of 7 times.
MacDaddy's Cast & Crew
- Nicole McCracken - writer/co-director/producer, lead actress
- Tim - writer/co-director/producer/actor
- Clifton Highfield - Director/Tech
- Sam Van Metre - Assistant Director/Tech
- Annette Cantu - Assistant Director/Tech
- Joel Keith - lead actor
- Kristen Henn - actor
- Tre Fuentes - actor
- Drew Wesely - actor
- Frank Netscher - actor
- Emma Holder - actor
- Caitlin Bumgartner - actor
- Max Krumke - video sketch camera operator, actor, editor
- A.J. Holler - actor
- Michael Pedacano - actor
Community Center will be the second installment of Townsville.
Townsville presents MacDaddy's Bar & Grill performed as part of the Hyde Park Theater Short Fringe Festival in February 2012.
Townsville was nominated for Best Sketch Show at the ColdTowne Theater Awards 2012.