In middle school drama class, students have the opportunity to do “improv”, or improvise, different scenes, where they make up the dialogue and actions as they go. When they reach high school, they can audition for the Improv Troupe, a group that meets rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays and holds shows throughout the year.
“It’s one of the best ways to get involved with the acting community because it’s a super quick audition,” said Lili Culhane ’20, one of the co-leaders of the troupe. “It teaches you a lot about acting because you get to coordinate with the older kids and learn from them.”
Culhane, along with Keith Robinson ’20, the other co-leader of the fourteen-member troupe, helped plan and produce the troupe’s gigs, with the most recent one being on December 13.
“When you’re able to improv freely in front of a group of people, it’s a great way to learn by doing and have fun,” said Ms. Kara Sullivan, the faculty advisor of the troupe. “You can’t learn by sitting back and watching improv, you have to do it.”
Once you make it on the troupe, you no longer have to audition again every year. The troupe this year is called “Robot and Ready Readies” and their style is to wear “denim-on-denim”.
“The improv troupe has been a thing for many many years, long before I got here. I want to say it’s about 18 years old, as a troupe,” said Sullivan.
The troupe holds auditions every year in September and is open to all grade levels from freshmen through seniors.