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A somewhat impromptu performance

Drama students put on a show were nothing that is said is written down
Caden Reynolds
“I haven’t seen many “Saturday Night Live” We watched one when Improv was more like a sketch comedy and the episode we watched was about a diner with a lobster. I don’t fully remember,” Gardner said.

Drama is putting on a show this year all about comedic improv featuring three different teams with different styles who are all competing to be the funniest.

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, the school’s drama class put on a half an hour show of doing strictly improv in the theatre. The whole showing consisted of five parts with three acts to give all the teams their “time to shine”. 

“The design of the show was planned out ahead of time and the groups were designed by the cast and the cast rehearsed,” director Brooke Philips said. “Everything was made up on the spot the only thing that was “staged” were the games they were going to play but overall no real plan for what teams were going to put on.”

Before the audience could take their seats they were able to write down something that an actor could say or do on stage these notes were held in a toilet bowl for a more comedic effect. So when a note was pulled from the bowl the actor would have to fit it was a given topic that was also chosen by the audience.

“To be honest I didn’t really want to audition for the improv show but some of my friends convinced me to do it be we could have fun, I really didn’t have anything in mind for skits but I thought it would be too silly,” senior Alison Gardner said. “Improv is very random especially when you get audience givens like if you get a pineapple as a given then you have to go off of that.”

Teams had to create their team relatively quick teams were formed quickly and their icon also had to be formed quickly. Each team had only five minutes to name their team and come up with a style they would wear such as “The worst ninjas to ever exist”. 

“I designed the overall layout and a student crew oversaw some of the rehearsal sides,” director Michael Catron said. “I had to be the overseer as well but Philips had to go out of town for a bit but we managed.”

This year has started off great for the theatre students with multiple different shows that bring to life the stories and ideas that the students create. Next year could bring some new faces to the stage for Improv next October.

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Caden Reynolds
Caden Reynolds, Staff Reporter
Caden is a new reporter to the Catalyst. He’s very new to journalism and writing. He was thinking on being in the tennis team or golf team. A little thing about him is he went to this really big museum that had many hazards spread around it but that didn’t discourage Caden from having a good time.

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