South River High School to Hold Improve Theater on Friday
Do you sometimes laugh until your side hurts?
Well, I have an event for you. South River High Schoolwill hold an improvisational theater event at 7 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 11).
According to Anne Arundel County Public School’s AXIS newsletter, Bob Garman, a drama teacher at South River, said that the school’s Improv team is the next best thing to a live comedy club for Anne Arundel County students and the community at large.
The newsletter also said that students learn a variety of games during regular weekly rehearsals. At the Improv event, all they need to create funny skits are suggestions from the audience.
So audience, think up some good words or themes to throw at the students.
Don’t throw anything at the stage. I meant verbal tossing.
Improvisational theater is as old as the theater, with original Improv players who were storytellers, working village to village, and improving their story with audience reaction. In the 1890s, famed Russian theatrical theorist and director Konstantin Stanislavski heavily used improvisational acting as part of theater training for actors.
Modern improvisational acting techniques were used extensively by Viola Spolin in the 1940s. In fact, she wrote the first widely-read book, “Improvisation for the Theater.” She founded the Compass Theater in Chicago, which her son Paul Sills eventually reopened under the name, “The Second City.”.
You might know some of the names to come out of Chicago’s The Second City, among them:
- Tina Fey
- Stephen Colbert
- Steve Carell,
- Dan Aykroyd
- John Belushi
- Mike Myers
- Chris Farley
- Eugene Levy
- Fred Willard
- Peter Boyle
- John Candy
- Shelly Long
The list goes on. And now we have Improv right here in Edgewater.
See you at South River on Friday night. I’ll be the one doubled over in laughter.