Rochester Improv Players (R.I.P.s)
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All shows are open to the public and take place in the lab theatre (formerly the Gold Room) in the Westside Central building. General admission tickets are only $5 and students with ID are free. Seating is limited, and the box office opens about a half-hour before showtime.
Improvisation is a style of theatre with nothing set in stone. There is no script, no set, no props, and no elaborate costumes. It is pure spontaneous creation. No matter how many times you see an improv show, you will never see the same thing twice. Everything is created right on the spot. Nothing is planned. The only source for the content of the show is the actor’s imaginations and suggestions from the audience.
Short-form is a type of improv that involves playing games. These games create short, distinct scenes uses a gimmick, like allowing the actors to only ask questions, making the actors human dummies that can only be moved by volunteer audience members, or having actors tag one another in and out of a scene.
If you have seen the television show Whose Line Is It Anyway, you have a good idea how these games create a fun and funny interactive experience for actor and audience alike. If you have never seen any improvisation before, we invite you to come out and see one of our shows.
There is nothing quite like watching actors on stage creating entertainment out of nothing but their wits.
The goal of the Rochester Improv Players, or the R.I.P’s for short, is to use the art and craft of improvisation to fostering actors’ creative talents. These skills help actors create characters, motivate actions, understand the rhythm of a scene, work off other actors, and live in the moment.
To this end, the R.I.P.s train throughout the school year so that they can put what they have learned into practice by performing several comedic short-form improv shows each semester.