Im­prov group of­fers hi­lar­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment

Serve Daily - - FOSTERING INNOVATION - By Ed Helmick

Im­prov com­edy is a form of live the­ater in which all or part is un­planned and a spon­ta­neous re­sponse of the ac­tors and ac­tresses, usu­ally re­ferred to as the play­ers. In this form of en­ter­tain­ment, a short scene or a ques­tion pro­vok­ing a re­sponse is es­tab­lished. The show pro­ceeds with un­scripted di­a­logue, character devel­op­ment and ac­tion. Suc­cess depends on the quick wit of the play­ers. No­body knows what to ex­pect from mo­ment to mo­ment and the re­sult is usu­ally hi­lar­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment.

With that lit­tle re­search def­i­ni­tion in mind, my wife and I at­tended the April 25 per­for­mance of the Un­sta­ble Im­prov Troupe at the An­gelus The­atre in Span­ish Fork. It was a fast-mov­ing se­ries of skits that demon­strated con­sid­er­able act­ing skill. You can’t help but be impressed by the quick think­ing of these young peo­ple as they nav­i­gate the con­trived sit­u­a­tions of the play. We were laugh­ing out loud so much we com­pletely lost track of time, and the hour-and-a-half pro­gram was over when we thought it was just get­ting started. What a fun evening. two. Re­mem­ber, it is im­pro­vi­sa­tional play

The per­form­ers are pri­mar­ily made up and each evening’s show will by def­i­ni­tion of Amer­i­can Lead­er­ship Acad­emy grad­u­ates. be dif­fer­ent. The mem­bers of the troupe con­stantly The An­gelus The­atre also fas­ci­nated change and that is where the Un­sta­ble us. It was built in 1912 by Joseph Han­son Im­prov Troupe name comes from. The and given that name at the time. It burned im­prov com­edy troupe per­forms ev­ery in a fire in 1948 and was re­built in 1950 Tues­day evening in the his­toric An­gelus still car­ry­ing the name An­gelus The­atre. The­atre lo­cated at 165 N. Main in Span­ish Some­time in the 1980s, it was re­named Fork. The show starts at 7 p.m. and the ad­mis­sion the Main Street Movies. In 1996, it was is a mere $3. What a price for live pur­chased by Boothe Broth­ers Mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, and you bet­ter be­lieve my be­came the Boothe Broth­ers Per­form­ing wife and I will be back again in a week or Art Cen­ter. It has a seat­ing ca­pac­ity of 250 and has been used for con­certs, record­ing ses­sions and live per­for­mances. Curt Gor­don, an em­ployee of Boothe Broth­ers Mu­sic since 1998, pur­chased the the­ater from the Boothes in Fe­bru­ary of 2016. He be­gan a restora­tion project that is pro­gress­ing as funds per­mit. In Fe­bru­ary 2017, the name was changed back to the An­gelus The­atre to honor the orig­i­nal build­ing. It con­tin­ues as a per­form­ing art cen­ter and that is why they make it avail­able on Tues­day nights to the Un­sta­ble Im­prov Troupe.

Photo by Ed Helmick

Mem­bers of the Un­sta­ble Im­prov Troupe are, from left: Alex Vaughn, Alyssa Tan­ner, Jake Cho­ris­ter, Nick Sav­age, Scott Sav­age, Natalie Sav­age and Jarom Loch.

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