Holy schnikes! It's been way too long since our last blog post! Tell ya what, this semester has been totally nuts for some of us, so we took a break up until this weekend!
The Roving Imp Theatre hosted Improv Festival Kansas this past weekend. We shared the stage with several excruciatingly talented troupes, and we're so honored to have done so! TwinProv from OKC, The Boss from NYC and The Kristen and Amie show from Philly are just a few, not to mention our fantastic friends from the KC area and performances by Roving Imp troupes as well. All in all, the performances were spectacular and I don't think I've had more fun with improv in my life.
We've been experimenting with a new format which has been ergonomically designed for GirlProv, by GirlProv. Instead of getting a verbal suggestion from the audience, we get a physical one. We use that physical suggestion at the top of every scene and play with how many ways we can interpret a specific action. The idea behind beginning every scene with a concrete action allows us to be able to jump out on stage immediately after every edit without pause. It keeps the momentum going. As a group, we seem to be in our heads a lot thinking about what we're going to do next, and that causes us to freeze up when the moment of truth (beginning a new scene) arrives. Not only does our physical format allow us the freedom of getting out of our heads by immediately "doing something" on stage, it really ramps up the energy and allows us to keep steamrolling through our set. I received some really great notes this weekend and I'm excited to bring them back to rehearsal!
I participated in 3 (or really 2 and a half) workshops on Sunday. Twinprov taught a freestyle rap workshop. I'm happy to say I can beatbox and rap like a champ. Amie taught "I'll Take the Physical Challenge" which was all about being aware of your body and your environment. Kristen taught "Acting Scmacting". I don't think I will ever forget the emotional roller coaster that was that workshop. I saw 15 people, friends and strangers, locals and out-of-towners, cry. And I cried with them. It was beautiful and bizarre.
All in all, Improv Festival Kansas was absolutely amazing! Regardless of what happens in the next year, I will have my butt in one of those seats at the Roving Imp next year. And you should, too!
Our next show will be December 3rd at the Lawrence Art Center at 7:30 pm. GirlProv shares the stage with Kansas City favorites Holy Cow! and Improv-Abilities! Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for students. For those of you who have yet to make it out to Kansas City to see all the improv, this is a cross section of Kansas City's best! It's right at your doorstep so you have no excuse not to go!
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=288544787834469
New members means new photos! By the end of this month we're planning on another photo shoot to update our roster of pretty ladies. Keep your eyes peeled!
Is Thunderdome next? Or even the College Improv Tournament? Stick around and find out!
Until next time!!