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Improv ppt

  1. 1. IMPROVISED DUET ACTING Introducing…
  2. 2. …OR IMPROV FOR SHORT. So what is Improv? Improv is only THE best event there is. You get to create your storyline yourself, and the topics are creative and interesting. You never know what topic you’ll draw. Some sample Improv topics:  And that’s why I’m banned from the zoo.  I only tango on Tuesdays.  An UNlucky clover  The gummi bears invade  The true meaning of ‘turtle’  Depressed cupcakes  My boyfriend/girlfriend isn’t real?
  3. 3. RULES TO REMEMBER Don’t panic, okay? These are just some simple guidelines to help you excel at tournament.  Find a partner that you TRUST. This is extremely important. This person doesn’t have to be your BFF, just someone you work with well.  Several weeks before tournament, start creating ‘stock characters’ complete with personas and backgrounds.  Practice spontaneous acting EVERYWHERE.  Try to practice different voices and accents, and practice facial expressions in the mirror.  Learn to be hilarious without laughing about it.  Get to know your partner. Start to understand their strengths as well as your own, and how they complement each other.  Remember that Improv is a team effort. You and your partner need to work together on as much as possible.  Finally, get over yourself. No matter what you might think, people ARE NOT laughing at you because they’re making fun of you, they’re laughing because you’re hilarious. If you live your character, there’s nothing that can stop you.
  4. 4. WHAT TO DO AT TOURNAMENT As soon as you arrive, check to see when you’re performing. Improv is typically in the second group of events, so you will usually perform at nine o’clock. The ‘Improv Draw’ where you pick your topic, is always half an hour before you perform. Lots of people do Improv, and the lines are usually long, so try to get there a few minutes early to insure you have the maximum time to prepare. When it’s your turn, you and your partner will draw three topics and choose the one you feel the most capable of performing. GO IMMEDIATELY to a quiet place to work on your act. In your Improv portfolio is a plot diagram. Use it. I can tell you from personal experience that it really helps. Be sure to work a bit on blocking out your space, as well as how you’re going to use your chairs and the basic personalities of your characters. The more extreme the personality type, the better. Engaging characters tend to have strong personalities. When you’re ready, take a nice, deep breath and go to your room. Be sure not to go in if a judge is absent or if someone is performing. Remember to smile. It’s been proven to boost confidence and performance.
  5. 5. WHAT ELSE TO DO AT TOURNAMENT You’ll be at tournament for most of the day on Saturday, so you’ll probably get a bit hungry. You should bring money with you, since most schools will have a pretty impressive concession stand set up. Remember that the proceeds benefit that school’s Forensics team, so it’s better to buy something there than to have someone bring you food. You’ll probably spend about ten dollars total. Be polite to everyone. You never know who might be a judge, plus it’s common courtesy. No matter what, remember to have fun. Forensics is cool. You get to visit other schools, meet people from around the state and you’ll probably wind up making quite a few friends along the way.
  6. 6. NERVES Whether you’re at a tournament, in class, or just out in the regular world, nervousness is an issue you’ll have to confront on a daily basis. Below are some tricks I find helpful for conquering your jitters and performing with confidence. o Take a deep breath in through your nose and let it out slowly through your mouth. This may seem like common sense, but you’d be surprised how many people forget to breathe when they’re panicking. o Remember how well you know your script. You can do this! o Make sure you’re well hydrated. A dry mouth never helps. o Talk to walls. Rehearse over and over using them as a practice audience. o Finally, use your fear. Channel it into your performance, and you’ll be surprised at how well you do. o Talk to older performers who’ve been doing this for a few years.
  7. 7. IMPORTANT LINKS Sample Ballots http://washington.bentonvillek12.org/files/_yRCQQ_/d128a9a912bfb565374 5a49013852ec4/ACTAA_Forensics_Ballots.pdf Event Rules http://washington.bentonvillek12.org/files/_yRCQQ_/d128a9a912bfb565374 5a49013852ec4/ACTAA_Forensics_Ballots.pdf Link to Mrs. Valentine’s Page http://bit.ly/1oyfMAX
  8. 8. AMAZING SAMPLE VIDEOS  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7LwmhfY MjU  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8G8Byps 26I  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln2d9P06z GU
  9. 9. GOOD LUCK! As a new Forensics member, you will be competing against HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. This may seem daunting, but remember why you got this far in Forensics. You tried out, you made it, and now you have the benefit of having read this powerpoint. You are AWESOME! Bye now. This powerpoint was created by Sarah Jackson and the Improv Team.

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