LP faculty, staff perform, showcase their talents

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East and West Campus thespians face off in battles throughout the Improvedy show
Photo by LP Thespians

East and West Campus thespians face off in battles throughout the Improvedy show Photo by LP Thespians

East and West Campus thespians face off in battles throughout the Improvedy show Photo by LP Thespians

Antoinette Lobello, Perspective Editor

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Earlier this month the Lake Park Thespian Society hosted its semi-annual Improvedy show. This show featured a battle which pitted East Campus thespians against West Campus thespians to see who could make the audience laugh the most. Ticket sales went toward a number of charities and local organizations at the discretion of the Thespian Board.

Teacher Erik Uppling has helped lead Improvedy for the past nine years.

“Thespians are an honor society, and as such, the events organized and run by the thespians are separate from the theatre season,” he said. “The importance of these events is for students to explore theatre in a different format than what the drama department offers.

“For example, Improvedy gives students a chance to experience improv in front of a live audience,” he said. “Students explore improv games in class, and build their skills and timing there until showcased in front of a live audience.”

The thespians performed in various games that required them to think on their feet while also making the performance fun for the audience. One example is scenes from a hat, where audience members write phrases on to slips of paper before the show, and the performers then randomly draw the slips from a hat and try to incorporate them into a storyline.

A favorite among performers and viewers alike is the lip sync competition, where two thespians from opposing sides mouth out the words to songs and win based on applause from the audience.

Sophomore Mindy Wiseman had groupies in the audience, and she values comedy dearly.

“Improv is pretty important to me,” she said. “I mainly do it so I can hear people laugh. I don’t like hearing them because I want attention but I love when people are happy. And when I do improve, I can be myself without hesitation and even put a smile on my own face.”

Senior Giuliano Catalano also strives to make people laugh.

“Comedy is one of the greatest forms of art,” he said. “It’s something that definitely improves me as an actor and helps me become more comfortable with myself as a person.”

The next Improvedy will be in November on the Friday before Thanksgiving break. During fall Improvedy, thespians compete against Lake Park staff members. Past appearances have included Mr. Moran, Mr. Matas, Mrs. Mikes, Mr. Lobraco, and Ms. Wozniak.

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