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Why I do Improv – My History with the Impromaniacs




Why did I join The Impromaniacs and why do I do Improv?

For selfish reasons, initially, I suppose. As a developing actor, I wanted more time in front of audiences to help myself be as comfortable as possible on stage. I wanted the opportunity to have fun playing a wide variety of characters. I wanted the challenge of being ingenious and imaginative on the spot – to better not just my acting ability but my conversational skills, my charisma. I wanted the chance to take part in the theatre community of Victoria, pushing beyond the walls of UVic. And I feel I’ve found these things. So there’s the selfish side out of the way.

I love our little logo character so much.

I love our little logo character so much.

But what I’ve found most enjoyable about performing improv is how we share a sense of fun, and a sense of power, not just with fellow scene partners, but with the audience as well. I know we haven’t had too many people in the crowd lately, but there is such a delight in making someone laugh, in making a person go “Awwww…”, in collaboratively creating characters on stage and between the stage and the audience.

How's it going, BUDDY?

Jordan and I, best of friends.

That kind of communal creation is very difficult to achieve in a proscenium arch with a set script, set blocking, and an opaque fourth wall.

Our shows will never be perfect. Scenes will go on too long, characters will lose their way or stop being interesting, lines can be phrased better, a prop can be sorely needed… but that’s okay. The audience doesn’t expect perfection from improv – it expects to be surprised, to be shocked, to care, to see actors struggle but somehow manage to pull a strong moment out of a scene.

An improv audience is not looking to be cultured, to analyze the English language’s foremost pieces of work, or to wow at the production design.

They want to be impressed. To laugh! To have fun!

And that’s an atmosphere I really care about.


Cheers,
Andrew Wade

Selfish reasons, I suppose. As a developing actor, I wanted more time in front of audiences to help myself be as comfortable as possible on stage. I wanted the opportunity to have fun playing a wide variety of characters. I wanted the challenge of being ingenious and imaginative on the spot – to better not just my acting ability but my conversational skills, my charisma. I wanted the chance to take part in the theatre community of Victoria, pushing beyond the walls of UVic. And I feel I’ve found these things. So there’s the selfish side out of the way.

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