Anything can happen at student improv night

By Geoff Lee

October 27, 2016 12:00 AM

Lloydminster Comprehensive High School drama students are ready to generate spontaneous laughter tonight at the their 5th annual Improv Spooktacular in advance of Halloween.
This is an improv comedy show pitting the LCHS Improv Club Entertainers in a series of spontaneous improvised sketches under the direction of drama teacher Simon Stang.
“The difference between this and other improv shows is that the suggestions they get and I give them are going to be more Halloween themed,” said Stang.
The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the LCHS Barons’ Court Theatre and admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.
The concept of Improv Spooktacular is similar to the former TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? with skits and games and some audience interaction.
During the show, Stang might ask the audience to name an occupation, for example, for the students to make up a scene based on that occupation.
“One of the games we play is a one word at a time story where each performer only gets to play one word at a time,” said Stang.
Sometimes the audience is called upon for sound effects as well as helping with the scene suggestions.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Alex McDonald, a leader of the senior improv club looking forward to her third Spooktacular as a Grade 12 student.
“Everybody has such a good time when we’re performing and even just practising,” she said.
Main stage practices are held Wednesdays for seniors and the so called rookie league of new improv artists to go through a series of exercises that put them in the right frame of mind.
“Before we do our scenes, we’ll do warmups where we can kind of get into the mindset of being spontaneous and being quick on our feet,” said McDonald.
About 50 drama club students are also practising for a Christmastime musical called Leader of the Pack to run from Dec. 2-7 at LCHS.
“It’s been a lot of fun, but a lot of work,” said Stang who noted that performance will have the “whole nine yards” with dancing, choreography, singing and a full pit band.

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