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Improv Class Members Bring Many Laughs With Showcase

by on Friday, April 28th, 2017

Just as the weather begins to warm and the flowers start to bloom, Milton’s final batch of productions take center stage. Last Friday, April 21st, Improv Night humorously kicked off the final series of Milton art’s performances this year. With a variety of sketches performed by Mr. Parisi’s Senior Improv class, the night was filled with laughter and fun.

Going into Improv night, I of course expected great performances. The event is consistently one of the most popular each year, so I was not surprised to see a large line in front of King Theatre as I walked through Kellner’s front doors. Inside, as the lights went down and the early 2000s bangers started to play, I knew Improv night would not fail to excite.

Unlike most plays and musicals, improv is a form of live theater in which its plot, characters, and dialogue are all created spontaneously in the spur of the moment. Additionally, improv often includes a lot more audience participation than the typical show. Usually improvisers ask their audience for a name, an item, or a location. An improviser might ask one section, “What’s the last thing you bought from a supermarket?” to which the fans will respond with either a realistic answer, groceries, or the go-to humorous answer, a shake weight. Moreover, improv requires actors to build off one another; one of the main principles of improv is to never say no. Saying no interrupts the dialogue, halts the scene, and limits the plot’s progression.

To kick off the night, the improvisers hyped the audience up by introducing their first game of the night: Beastie Rap. Members from each team took turns rapping a line that rhymes with a name or word the audience has given them. With Peter Duke on the piano, the actors created improvised musicals in which Mark Bodner, George Wilde, and Nick Govindan mused about their love of cheese, Cheyenne Porcher and Marianna Dionne sang about their weird friend Liam, and Semi Oloko and Freddy Okito belted out an original ballad about needing to “get the A.”

Additionally, prior to the show, members of the audience were asked to write one-liners on slips of paper and place the papers in a basket. These slips were used during the show as dialogue and topics to move the plot along. Quite often these lines were random, yet the actors masterfully worked them into the scene in a way that kept everyone laughing.

After a long academic week, students and teachers alike can appreciate sharing laughs in King Theater on a Friday night. “Improv Night is always so fun,” Rebecca Bower (II) exclaims, “It always occurs during a time that is kinda stressful, so it really is great to just hang out and laugh!”

Even the performers agree with Rebecca. Nick Govindan (I) explains,“Our goal is give our audience a fun time while showcasing all the tools we’ve learned throughout our time in class with Mr. Parisi.”

“Performing in front of all our friends feeds our performance, improving it and making it so much more fun,” adds Spencer Evett (I), “The atmosphere at improv night is amazing and so fun for everyone.”

Nick and Spencer are also two of the four coheads of Improv Club. In a more low stakes environment, beginners and pros alike can participate in improv without having to worry about impressing an audience. Because the club takes place on Fridays during activities period, Spencer believes, “It’s a great way to laugh and wind down at the end of a long week.”

If you missed this spring’s Improv Night, don’t worry. There are plenty of improv opportunities on campus. You can sign up to take Improv as an arts course next year. But if you would like to just watch or participate in a more laid back environment, Improv Club meets in the Black Box Theater every Friday at 3:00.

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