Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves - Mitchell Jackson explains the game of “dumbbell races” as Jacob Martinez and Austin Brady link up together, playing the couple “pantstelope,” a couple obsessed with wearing pants.
Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves - Mitchell Jackson explains the game of “dumbbell races” as Jacob Martinez and Austin Brady link up together, playing the couple “pantstelope,” a couple obsessed with wearing pants.

Islander Improv begins semester with back to school show

September 16, 2019

The Islander Improv student club kicks off the fall semester right with their first back to school show at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Performed on Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Wilson Theater at the Center for the Arts, the Islander Improv team gave those in attendance a night of fun and games.

The performance saw about 15 members in attendance, which Islander Improve President Aaron Jaggers said was in part to changing rehearsal times.

“We started off this year changing our rehearsal times to Tuesdays and Fridays,” said Jaggers. “Doing that we got more people involved in those rehearsals.”

Jaggers said that the show was a great opportunity to showcase the new member’s talents, which was different from last year.

“Last year, we had a lot of shows,” said Jaggers, “but they weren’t utilizing everyone we had, and that’s what we were trying to do with our first show.”

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Mitchell Jackson (left to right), Sydney Aviles, Harper Lee, Davis McDaniel and Kyle Reed enact a “funeral” scene at the Islander Improv back to school show on Saturday, Sept. 14, in the Wilson Theater

The improv show was a long “game” where the audience helped to direct the scenes.

“It’s an hour-long show of improvised comedy with about 10 different games where we would get suggestions from the audience,” said Mitchell Jackson, vice president of Islander Improv, “and then we would perform either scenes, songs or tell stories based off those suggestions.”

One of the many games they performed was a “funeral” in which a person dies in a mock funeral, and each person paying their respects say a past memory of them, which then goes to a flashback of that moment. But one of the many games that stood out to Jaggers was the one called “world’s worst.”

“Everybody involved in it has their own brilliant idea of what their own experience is with the world’s worst,” said Jaggers. “It’s funny because I think everyone in the audience can relate to it.” This game includes an exaggeration on regular occupation such as a dentist or a car salesman.

The Islander Improv club will be hosting a performance at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Wilson Theater in the Center for the Arts. Jackson, who is a part of the Breakers Improv Ensemble, will be performing in the show “What’s Your 20?” on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson Theater.

For more information, follow the Islander Improv group on their Facebook, @IslanderImprov.

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