A Spooktacular night for all

By Jessica Dempsey

October 25, 2017 2:18 PM

The Improv Club’s Rookie League have been preparing for the annual Improv Spooktacular, as they take the stage tonight at 7 p.m. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO

It’s time to get your Halloween funny on for Lloydminster Comprehensive High School’s annual Improv Spooktacular.
Thursday, at the Barons’ Court Theatre, residents are welcomed to take part in a night filled with ghoulish-themed improv.
“We might change some of the games we play to make them more influenced by things of the scary and spooky variety. Some of them are just regular games and we get suggestions from the audience that are more Halloween themed,” explained drama teacher Simon Stang.
This year all the students will be in costume, and the audience is also being encouraged to dress up.
“You never know what’s going to happen with improv, so any kind of curveballs you can throw in there will give you a brand new show and look at the actors with their different skills and talents,” said Stang.
To start the show off the Rookie League will be coming in to perform some warm-up games with the audience and do a few scenes.
Then comes in the Main Stage who will put on a larger portion of the show.
“(The rookies) have great energy so they are good at getting the audience all pumped up. Then I like to think my main stagers are a little more skilled, a little more practiced up so, they have the chops to hold the audience’s attention for the rest of the show,” said Stand.
Rookie League member and Grade 10 student Paige Taylor said she was looking forward to her first Spooktacular night. 
“I’m really excited. I love Halloween, so I think it’s going to be really fun,” she said.
To prepare for the big night, Taylor said she had been practicing a lot.
“For a couple of weeks, we have been warming up and taking suggestions in class. Spooky ones in a way, my friends and I at lunch, we take some of the tips Mr. Stang has given us and made up our own little scene just for fun,” she said.
The multitude of games include ideas to do with classic Halloween movies, props and more.
“It gets kind of messy too. We use some props and food props. It’s a lot of fun,” said Stand.
In this show, there will be roughly 16-20 students taking part in the Spooktacular event.
This is the sixth year for this show, as it is starting to become a tradition.
“We do it to celebrate the spirit of the season. A lot of my kids love Halloween, they love dressing up, so this is an excuse for them to do that, and it’s also an excuse for us to put on a show and get people into our building. Celebrating the full festivity of Halloween,” said Stang.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. It will cost $5 for adults and $2 for students. However, if you dress in costume you will have free cover and be entered for a door prize, which concists of a lot of candy.
At the event, they will also be selling merchandise such as hats and t-shirts, and there will also be a concession.
“It’s one of the cheapest nights out you can find in Lloyd, probably, and everybody that comes that hasn’t before has said ‘it is surprisingly entertaining.’”
While Halloween is the theme, it is also family-friendly and is appropriate for all ages.

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