Nine members of the 17-member troupe will attend the festival, which takes place on Saturday, May 7, at the Chicago Cultural Center.
In addition to performing their long-form improv format, "Tri-Valley High," an improvised teen soap opera, Creatures of Impulse will attend performance workshops by Second City, the improv and sketch comedy school that spawned the talents of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Steven Colbert and others.
The troupe planned to raise the $15,000 in funds needed for the trip through a number of shows, donations, and an improv workshop for teens and adults during the last couple of weeks. All of the money raised is going toward festival fees, lodging, airfare and various administrative costs associated with the trip.
Those interested in donating to the troupe can send checks payable to the City of Pleasanton (put COI to Chicago 2011 on the memo line). Send to: Creatures of Impulse, Firehouse Arts Center, P.O. Box 520, Pleasanton, CA 94566.