Im­prov com­edy group teach­ing youth classes

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Lo­cal per­for­mance group Un­sta­ble Im­prov, in ad­di­tion to its reg­u­lar per­for­mances, has be­gun teach­ing team build­ing classes, the pur­pose of which is to help peo­ple learn to open up and work to­gether.

The group was or­ga­nized at Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Academy by theater teacher San­dra Mil­let and did sev­eral per­for­mances through­out the year. They were of­fered a chance for reg­u­lar per­for­mance by Curt Gor­don, owner of Boothe Broth­ers Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter in Span­ish Fork. They now per­form ev­ery Tues­day night at 8 p.m. Now that the group has hit its stride, its mem­bers hope to con­tinue their out­reach, specif­i­cally to lo­cal youth groups.

Im­pro­vi­sa­tion, or “im­prov,” is a theater style in which ev­ery­thing is made up on the spot. It teaches some valu­able lessons. “Im­prov is a self­less ac­tiv­ity,” Mil­let said. “The only way to get a scene go­ing is for both scene part­ners to sup­port each other. It in­spires team­work, quick think­ing, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and lead­er­ship.”

The group’s first work­shop took place on Tues­day, Sept. 20, at the Boothe Bros. Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter for a Payson LDS young women’s group. Af­ter a few “get­ting to know you” games, the troupe in­tro­duced the rules of im­pro­vi­sa­tion and let the girls try for them­selves. Then, af­ter the work­shop, the young women stayed to watch an im­prov show us­ing the same tech­niques taught in the class.

To find out more de­tails about the classes, check out the group’s Face­book page or con­tact San­dra Mil­let at un­sta­bleim­prov@gmail.com. Then be sure to stop by the Boothe Broth­ers Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter on Main Street in Span­ish Fork to see Un­sta­ble Im­prov per­form at 8 p.m. on Tues­day nights.

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