Improv show – It’s all fun and games

Improv Club participated in its opening show, “Wheel of Improv,” which was hosted by Drama on Thursday Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. The show’s theme, based on the TV game show “Wheel of Fortune”, 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 “Phrases,” in which the captains can only use phrases given by the audience throughout the scene, and “Moving Statues,” in which two audience members are brought on stage to physically move two captains, who portray statues, in a scene.

“I 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,” Herms said. “And it’s just kind of, I don’t know, an interesting feeling. It’s different than a lot of other performances at Walnut High School.”

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.

“There’s a lot of teamwork involved. We have to help each other out because if there’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,” Kamdar said. “You have to build up the other performers as well to make it the best show possible.”

Although the tradition of having audience participation was kept, the show did not have a scripted opening skit like it had last year.

“When you’re improvising, you’re making up stuff on your feet, so there’s no preparation,” Kamdar said. “If it comes out funny, it’s funny, but if it’s not, you just have to move on.”

This year’s captains used this first performance as an introduction to improvisation to show what the club is about and to get more people interested.

“I 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,” Kamdar said. “The audience seemed to have fun and overall it was a great experience.”

By Olivia Chiang, Staff writer

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