BCHS ‘Balding Eagles’ Improv Team
Students have a great time while learning important life skills! Besides teaching teamwork and having fun, improvisation develops performance skills that can carry over in many life situations: listening, observing, being in the moment and thinking on your feet.
More is required to be a part of the Improv Comedy team than meets the eye. “We are looking for rule followers, not just people who are considered funny,” said Balding Eagles head coach Mr. Tyler Mayer. Members try to follow the basic “Tina Fey rules of improv” which consists of agreeing to your partner in a scene and also adding onto a scene.
Inter-school matches can begin in January and run through April. Match comedy is for everyone and therefore must be appropriate. Inappropriate lines can be penalized by the match referee with a brown bag foul, causing the player to wear a brown bag over his/her head for the remainder of the scene. Puns that cause the audience to groan may result in a loss of points for the team. unless the player declares a heartfelt apology to the audience. Energy is also a key part to improv.
The goal of a match is to make the audience laugh since they determine the winner based on reactions, enthusiasm and applause.
Condensed from The-Blueprint.org, the student news website.
Bishop Chatard’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Tyler Mayer, coaches the Improv Team. If you would like to know more, contact him at email@example.com.