Students at BYU-Idaho performed their best at Comic Frenzy on May 18. Weeks before the show, the students auditioned to get into the class and then began practicing their skills at improv.
“I try and think of different scenarios that could happen in every day life. A lot of what we do in improv is just trying to do everyday life scenes. So imagining what could happen if these two different people came together and were in this situation and seeing what would happen is an inspiration which is a lot of fun to do in my spare time,” said Rodger Hurst, a senior studying Psychology.
Preparing and practicing is a great help to performers, but that usually doesn’t take away the challenge of improv.
“There’s nothing that I can imagine that would be harder to do. It combines everyone’s greatest fear, which is speaking in public, with having to come with what you’re saying in public,” said Kieffer McBride, a junior studying Graphic Design.
“The most challenging thing about improv is getting out of your own head. You try to prepare so much and when that happens, generally the scene doesn’t go the way you want it and then it could have been better had you just gone with the flow,” said Brandt Hurley, a senior studying Theater Education.
Going with the flow is an important part for the actors, but they aren’t the only ones performing. The MC has a pretty large job to do on stage as well.
“So my job as the MC is to come in and get the audience riled into the games, get them giving out suggestions, and introducing the games for the players, setting them , and making everything run smoothly,” said Patrick Laing, a sophomore studying Technical Theater.
When things run smoothly and the audience is engaged, the actors are able to enjoy performing even more.
“My favorite part about putting on a show is that I get to perform in front of people and make them laugh. It’s so fun to watch people smile at the things that I’m helping them do and just bring smiles to everybody; I just love doing that,” said Brad Cottle, a junior studying Theater and Speech Education.
If you missed out on seeing Comic Frenzy perform, there will be more performances throughout the semester. Reporting from BYU-Idaho, Alicia Mihu, Scroll Digital.
For more information, visit www.byui.edu/theatre/.