Improv team is back in action

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Junior Macky Kavanaugh with the Improv Team logo, Running with Scissors. “Shows are really funny, and people should come because the audience is so involved; they give prompts,” Kavanagh said.

Improv is back in action with a new team of only 12 people, including nine boys and three girls.

New members include sophomores Alex Hubbard, Cameron Pille, Yaslynn Wooten, and juniors Charlie Huff, Tashaun Ewing, Macky Kavanaugh and Brad Gould. Returning members are seniors JD Lister, Dakota Payne and juniors Greg Robson, Doug Browne, and Elia Chahoud. Lister and Robson are the captains.

“We cast less people this year because it was hard to get commitment from a lot of people and we would rather have a small team of people who commit to the practice and be focused,” Theatre Director Amie Gossett said.

In improv, the members act and create characters without scripts. The team has practice after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays. During practice, students play games to help improve their skills of quick wit thinking and strong character choices.

“Practices are really fun, and we usually play games. One game we play is called 4, 3, 2, 1 and how you play it is that you start with four people on the stage and then slowly you subtract people and when someone is subtracted, a person still on stage has to play the character that the person who left created. At the end, one person has to play all four characters,” Kavanaugh said.

Additions were held on Sept. 11-12, and the students were put into games to test their skills of quick thinking, strong character creation and adaptation to situations. Thirty kids tried out for the team this year.

“Auditions were crowded, and a lot of different people had different skills that they contributed,” Kavanaugh said.

Shows are on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 21 at 3 p.m.; and 7 p.m. and May 9 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The theme for the first show is “Spooktacular”. Also, at the first show if one brings three canned goods one only has to pay $3 for a ticket and tickets are originally $10. At the shows, the members will split into three teams of four to play games, and there will be two hosts.

“Shows are really funny, and people should come because the audience is so involved; they give prompts,” Kavanaugh said.