Improv Show

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Improv Show

Rhea Richardson and Mariah Rivera

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by Rhea Richardson and Mariah Rivera

 

We all know about the beloved drama program at Nex+Gen–you can hear them laughing and applauding each other throughout the school during 1st period.  As an elective, it gives students a way to develop their creative expression, overcome stage fright, and make new friends who share similar interests as them.  

 

Last week on September 25, 26, and 27, this class held an Improv Show where the entire school was invited.  Each day every single seat was filled within minutes! The cyber hall echoed with laughter and applause. The drama class played a few improv games all in a “Comedy Sportz game.” You can see the games they played in many improv shows like Freeze, Try That On For Size, Four Corners, and many more. 

Improvisation is important in all types of acting careers and outside of acting as well.  For one, it helps students to think quickly on their feet, and not freeze up when something goes wrong. In both stage and screen acting, good actors are always improvising.  “The show must go on,” is a common saying in theatre, and improv is essential to save a performance when someone forgets a line or entrance. In movies, you always see how different lines were improvised by the actors, and they usually become iconic parts of the film. 

 A lot of people think that the only point of improv is to be funny, and a lot of the time actors are continually thinking, “I need to say something funny.”  The reality is that good improvisers can read their audience and their scene partners to create a scene that has a storyline, while also making the audience laugh.

Dr. A and Mr. Potter are in charge of this group of talented students, and the improv show exceeded their expectations. You can actually find Dr. A on the IMDb website for him producing several movies and acting in a few. He wrote a book called, The Best-Looking One Always Wins: Presidents and Elections’. Mr. Potter was originally an English 1 teacher and is currnetly the sponsor of the National Honor Society and the 11th grade English facilitator. But, Dr. A needed a partner in crime for first period, so Mr. Potter stepped in. Together, they coach the performing arts elective and are beloved by students.

The students at Nex+Gen, though they are far from professional actors, put on a very entertaining show and made many students laugh. Staged as a fun competition of 4 different teams of students, they competed in different mini-games and the audience vote to determine a winner.

Some games tested student’s character development, where students were given a character to embody and had to answer questions and makeup details while staying true to their character.  Some games were played where no one talked at all–pantomime and body language can make or break a realistic depiction of a character.  

Mr. Potter explained that the show was “an open celebration of all their hard work.”  Even though each team was competing for points, the goal of the show was not winning or losing, but rather to show the rest of the school the hard work they put in. They wanted to make people laugh and have a good time and everyone who went was sure to have a fun start to their day.