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WINTER 2017-2018

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W H O K N E W ? 'Get a Little Funny in Your Life' Mom's Adhesive thrives on spontaneity, group bond By Vanessa Infanzon Photos by Ray Sepesy S ome of the funniest people in Charlotte are performing at Acting Out Studio (AOS) near Ballantyne. Mom's Adhesive is one of seven improv teams within the studio, each with a distinct style and geared to a specific age group. Mom's Adhesive is an adult improv group led by Elizabeth "EB" Byland, director of improv at AOS. Byland, 31, has been teaching acting classes there to students ages 9 through adult for four years. AOS is an acting studio that opened in 2010 and is located in the Fountains Shopping Center at Ardrey Kell. "When we started, we didn't have any improv classes," says AOS Owner Kamber Hejlik. "In the past four years, EB has grown it from nothing." The group's name, Mom's Adhesive, is a play on words. "It's a multi-purpose bond — anything you need fixed, use Mom's Adhesive," Byland says. "You get a little funny in your life." Also, from the beginning, the team has built a tight bond, similar to the one between children and their mother. The Team In addition to Byland, the group has three core members — Angelo Datseris, Plymouth Jones Barnes and Tiffany Fairclough. All are former acting class students Byland identified as potential Mom's Adhesive members. "I could see right from the beginning that they were reacting with spontaneity," Byland says. "They had this really great stage presence. They had the instincts that I need for putting together an improv team." Datseris, 41, has been performing with Mom's Adhesive for two years and earns his living at Leverage Lending Group near Cotswold. "Improv has improved my life in many ways," he says. "It satisfies my creative outlet in the fact that when we rehearse and perform, I'm able to be anything or anyone that I want to be." Kamber Hejlik BALLANTYNE WINTER 2017-2018 87 Who Knew? Adults Plymouth Jones Barnes (center, standing), Angelo Datseris (next right) and Tiffany Fairclough (far right) enjoying rehearsing, just as youth improv members do.

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