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Islanders put Halloween spin on improvisation

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Islander students on stage perform improvisation to get a laugh from the audience.

BREE ORTEGA
Staff Writer

On Oct. 18, the theatre department of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted their islander Improv in Bay Hall.

The event began at 7:30 p.m., where attendees were able to watch theatre students play improvisation games. Eight theatre cast members were dressed up in various Halloween costumes and played out their costume character when introduced to the audience. These costumes included Madea, Scooby-Doo, Tommy Treble, Shaggy, Danny Zuko, Beetle Juice, Lion, Eleven from “Stranger Things” and a French woman.

“My character’s name was Tommy Treble who is a simple barbershop quartet man who accidently ended up in the show,” theatre major Grace Taylor said. “Needless to say, he got an earful from his quartet.”

The Islander theatre students who participated in this event played games like Rejected Slogan, Fortune Teller and the Narrative Story game.

Rejected Slogan was a game where the professor asked the audience to give out a candy slogan. One audience member called out the Snickers’ slogan, “you aren’t you when you are hungry.” The students were then given the task to change the last part of the sentence into something funny.

“My favorite was Rejected Slogan because I could not stop laughing throughout the whole thing,” nursing major Rowland Jared Alvarado said. “I feel like more people should have attended this. It was a good time to just relax and laugh instead of worrying about homework.”

Fortune Teller was a bit like Rejected Slogan, but instead students locked arms and answered fortunes. The professor also asked people from the audience on things they wanted to know in the future. Each student took turns answering their fortune in order in a humorous way.

The Narrative Story game was a game where Islanders had to create a story and make a visual scene. In this case, the students chose to do the scene where each person was dying. The scenes would switch when the professor called out to do so. However, when the professor would go back to the previous scene, the students had to act at the point in which they left off at in that scene.

“The improvisors did a fantastic job of flowing together and creating an atmosphere as well as an environment,” Taylor said. “They moved together like a New Year’s Chinese dragon.”

To find for information about the theatre program at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi visit http://cla.tamucc.edu/theatre/ or the Department of Theatre and Dance for their 2017-2018 season schedule.

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