The One About… ImprovMania 30

I am doing an improv show in a week. I am going to stand up on a stage with a bunch of incredible people, an MC is going to set out a set of rules and take some suggestions from the audience. There will always – ALWAYS – be a pre-teen jumping up and down in the first or second row, desperate to get the attention of our host so he can make a vulgar suggestion and get a laugh from his companions at our expense. He will be indulged at least once over the course of the show.

Since this is short-form, we will, for ninety minutes, go through a dozen different exercises of varying degrees of difficulty, finding ways to carry threads through from one part to another and build a realistic yet entertaining narrative. If it had been a long-form performance, we would instead go through a single narrative, but use different devices to hop around it in multiple ways. In the end, we hope there will be applause.

The group I am doing this with, I Am 50 Million, uses improv as part of its social outreach and personal development programs. It’s an interesting concept, one the founder, Paul Ortigoni had championed for a half-decade. I was invited to join in when I returned to the Orlando area last fall. I had so much fun I’m back. Yes, the retired performer is out of the chair and back onstage once more.

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Improvmania 30 will be next Saturday, March 10, at Winter Springs Performing Arts on Tuskawilla Road in Winter Springs. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, but there is a BOGO sale available online through Wednesday, March 7. Check the website for details.

The thing about improv is, we all do it. Every day, all the time, you and I are improvising our way through life. But that’s okay. It just makes what’s happening natural.

I hope you are there, and maybe you see a little bit of yourself in our performances. Until then, be well.

About D. G. Speirs

D.G. Speirs is a storyteller, novelist and voice actor living in central Florida. He keeps searching for better stories to tell, even if he has to make them up himself. His latest novel, TRIANGLE: WILDCARD, is now available on Amazon.com.
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