Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Rehearsal #6: Improv Jet-Lagged
You may have noticed that I didn’t blog about last week’s rehearsal. That’s because I was in Illinois helping my parents move and missed rehearsal. Unfortunately for me, last week they sang. Not only that, but they had an extra singing rehearsal with David on Thursday. Ouch. Thusly I have missed two rehearsals focusing on the skill I need the most practice in on this show.
Instead, this week we have two rehearsals focusing on improv and long-form. Not to toot my own horn, but I’m pretty solid there. A refresher’s always good, though.
Last night we practiced the all important first three scenes of a long-form. In the single story, play-like, long-forms that we do, the first three scenes the most important. Set up the right foundation, and the rest of the show writes itself. Establish the world. Establish the protagonist and their want/need. Establish the opposition. You’re all set. Then you just sit back, explore the world, raise the stakes, and help/hinder the protagonist. Easy.
We did 4 long-form starts last night. They all went reasonably well. Or at least I think they did. I was extremely jet lagged and tired. Generally speaking, when I am that way, improv is a lot of fun, mostly because I have no filters up and censor myself less. What comes out of my mouth comes out of my mouth.
It’s great for shows, but of limited use in rehearsals, mostly because when I am jet lagged and tired, I’m extremely irritable and have no patience. So any moment in rehearsal when I’m not improvising, I’m generally annoyed that I’m not improvising. That also plays into my natural learning style. I prefer to do. I’ll learn much more from getting up and improvising a million scenes then I will by doing a few and then talking about them. Unfortunately, not everyone is like me. Many improvsiors, and many in Un-Scripted, need to talk about scenes afterwards in order to learn from them. I’ll agree that a little talking is useful, but I generally find the discussions go on too long for my tastes and I get impatient.
But we did some good scenes last night. We’ll see how tonight goes, but I think we’re in pretty good shape improv wise. This show is shaping up quite nicely.