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Improv Takes the Stage

The Improv team takes the stage for their performance on Nov. 9.

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Improv theater offers a night of laughter to audience members as actors think quick on their feet to take part in ridiculous scenes or challenging games. The team takes audience suggestions for scene starters or characters, which makes the show completely unique every time . Once the team captain has chosen suggestions, the Improv team dives straight into each scene and performs a coherent plot all while trying to keep everyone entertained. Because Improv is a spontaneous performance, a scene or game might get stuck, leaving the actors at a standstill.

“I remember doing Improv with Tucker, who was the oldest and also the captain, and we both looked at each other during a scene because we both had no idea what to do,” said Improv team member Madi Miller.

Because of the unscripted nature of the show, the scenes are at the mercy of the actors. This gives the team members flexibility and challenges them to embrace their creative side.

“Last year, we had a show on May the fourth, Star Wars day, and there were two lightsabers on either side of the stage,” said senior Malcolm Haynes. “Out of nowhere, I see Reid Fleming bolt to the side of the stage and grab a lightsaber, so I grabbed the other one and we had a battle during our scene.”

Sometimes, the scene starter is at fault for limiting the actors ability to take liberty with a scene. Team Captain Buddy Powell suggests that the audience should come up with “really broad topics so we can take it in any direction we want to.” Though, it can be difficult or tiring to act out a scene when a topic is overused or cliche.

“Think outside of the box, and don’t go to your first thought when we ask for something,” said Miller.

Improv is a challenging way to test your skills as an actor, but it can also be a great way to have fun and bond with fellow teammates.

“Unlike a play, you’re using your own words and your own stories, so you can be yourself,” said Haynes.

The team called upon underclassmen who have a desire to take part in this creative expression of comedy and drama to try out on Dec. 6.

“We’re not going to take any seniors for next year, and we’re going to try and take on two or three from every other grade level to kind of fill the seniors’ spots that are leaving”

Following the tryouts, students Austin Simonton, Ellie Congdon, Jonah Miller, Alec Wilson, Saga Anderson, and Ethan Crane were welcomed as the new additions to the team. The Improv team has two more performances in February and April, so support your fellow students and enjoy a night of laughter.

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