Improv highlights fall drama production
Lassen High students rehearse a “Movie Critic,” improvisation scene for its upcoming fall production scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 19. Photo by Ruth Ellis
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 — Get ready for some fun and non-predictable times with the troupe from the Lassen High School theater department, as the upcoming fall production promises to be different than anything in the recent years.
Students will be highlighting their quick thinking while developing and telling a story during several evenings of improvisation competitions.
Show times are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Lassen High School theater. There is an admission price.
Lassen High School drama teacher Tom Ready said the audience will give the ideas for every piece the students do and the students will not be working from a script they have committed to memory.
For example, Ready said they might ask the audience to give a title for a romance, and then the students will tell a story and act it out based on that one offer.
"When we start the scene, the students do not know what they're doing as far as the stories and the pieces because all of the lead ideas come from the audience," Ready said.
Students will be placed into teams, which will be scored on technique, done by Ready, and for entertainment, which will be determined by the applause of the audience.
No evening will be the same. Ready explained one night they may create several teams, which are divided up to participate in two rounds. There will also be a night or two where the entire troupe is divided in half.
"One of the things that we don't want to do, is we don't want to have the unified team divide up and be competitive, where one team is 'we're better than you," because the whole thing is supporting each other." Ready said.
Even though they are competing against each other, Ready said if a team comes up with an idea to make the other team's scene better, they might come on stage and help.
"It's really like this mutual admiration society where we're looking like two teams competing but we're really here to have a great time and entertain the audience," Ready said.
The cast runs the gamut from seniors who have been performing for a while and a couple freshman who Ready described as "green and a little bit scared looking."
Ready's background with improv comes from training with Keith Johnstone, of England, who did improv with playwright and worked with them on their scripts and solved problems.
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