At Blacktop, we've done a lot of shows. Westerns, musicals, improv games, horror comedies, romance. A lot of stuff.

One thing we've realized, is people love seeing local spots in Sacramento and Placer. When you bring in a location from Sacramento, when you mention the State Capitol or Arco Arena, or Rocklin High School, people immediately get excited. I think people like the familiar, and a shared experience. Bring up Studio Movie Grill in Rocklin, and people immediately think, "I know what that looks like!" There's comfort in knowing the improvisers and the audience are seeing the same thing.

So, that got me thinking, what is around Rocklin, Roseville, and Sacramento that would get an audience excited? What are those local touchstones. If you're ever producing an improv show, I strongly encourage you to take one of these suggestions, or situate a scene in one of these locations. People respond instantly!

Places in Placer:

Thunder Valley Casino
Golfland Sunsplash
Galleria Mall
Del Oro High School Football Stadium
Hidden Falls Regional Park
Miners Ravine Trail
Finnish Temperance Hall
Quinn QuarryFarmers Market


Places in Sacramento:

Tower Bridge
Tower Theater
Sutter's Fort
Good Day Sacramento Set
Sacramento Convention Center
Scottish Rite Temple
B Street Theater
Decades Costume
Crocker Art Museum
The new site for the Sacramento Kings. (It used to be called Downtown Plaza, but according to the Sacramento Bee it'll will be called Golden 1 Center)
California State Fair
Crest Theater
Sacramento Auditorium

If you could add something to the list, what would you add? Where do you like going, and what would you like to see onstage?