Improv show – It’s all fun and games
Improv Club participated in its opening show, â€śWheel of Improv,â€ť which was hosted by Drama on Thursday Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The showâ€™s theme, based on the TV game show â€śWheel of Fortuneâ€ť, featured captains juniors Cameron Craig, Riley Herms and Narayana Jennings and sophomore Farhan Kamdar, who had to spin a wheel and play whichever game it landed on. The games included games such as â€śPhrases,â€ť in which the captains can only use phrases given by the audience throughout the scene, and â€śMoving Statues,â€ť in which two audience members are brought on stage to physically move two captains, who portray statues, in a scene.
â€śI just go out there and have fun. I mean, the audience seems to love it and we just love doing improv and expressing our love [of Improv] for other people I guess,â€ť Herms said. â€śAnd itâ€™s just kind of, I donâ€™t know, an interesting feeling. Itâ€™s different than a lot of other performances at Walnut High School.â€ť
Three weeks prior to the show, the club captains met and practiced playing the games almost everyday at lunch and had others give them suggestions on their performance.
â€śThereâ€™s a lot of teamwork involved. We have to help each other out because if thereâ€™s selfishness on stage, like you want to be the center of attention and be funny, then it makes the show a lot less funny,â€ť Kamdar said. â€śYou have to build up the other performers as well to make it the best show possible.â€ť
Although the tradition of having audience participation was kept, the show did not have a scripted opening skit like it had last year.
â€śWhen youâ€™re improvising, youâ€™re making up stuff on your feet, so thereâ€™s no preparation,â€ť Kamdar said. â€śIf it comes out funny, itâ€™s funny, but if itâ€™s not, you just have to move on.â€ť
This yearâ€™s captains used this first performance as an introduction to improvisation to show what the club is about and to get more people interested.
â€śI think [the performance] was really good. We had been practicing and we were a little bit unsure of ourselves, but then we went up there, we thought we did really well and we had fun,â€ť Kamdar said. â€śThe audience seemed to have fun and overall it was a great experience.â€ť
By Olivia Chiang, Staff writer