- There is a limit of 32 teams who may participate in this event.
- Each school may submit one team of five students who have been working on the 2-3 minute games that will be scored by the IMPROV SPECTACULAR judges.
- Each team will get the chance to perform two of the four games listed below. The teams will not know which games will be assigned to them until the moment before the performance. All acting suggestions will be given by the judges at the time of performance.
- There will be three different rooms and three different sets of judges to which the students may be sent.
- Each room will be assigned a game. Each set of judges will give points for each performance. The team with the highest accumulative score for the day will be announced on stage and given a scholarship to Comedy Sportz Summer Classes.
- Individuals may sign up and will be assigned to a team with other individuals as space allows.
- Troupe Directors should email the school’s name, troupe number, and names of participants to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Points are awarded based on:
- Each group’s ability to play together as a cohesive unit. The games in this event are to be played by all members of the team.
- A group’s ability to follow the rules set forth by the IMPROV SPECTACULAR descriptions of games. This is especially important, as many games are taught by different names or with slightly different sets of rules. In order to maintain consistency, it is important that all teams play these games by the same rules.
- A group’s ability to play each game with a beginning, middle, and end within the suggested time limit.
- A group’s ability to play at the top of their intelligence. Please stay away from blue humor, shock value, racism, etc.
Improv Spectacular Games
Each player receives a character suggestion (an emotion or personality trait) and each team receives a suggestion of an event (ie a wedding, a funeral, etc.) The players will then line up in front of the audience and tell the story of the event from their character’s perspective. The play starts with every character introducing him or herself by name. The order in which the characters speak is determined by the original order the players establish in their first round of speaking, not by the judge. There should be a balanced contribution to the story from each player. After the introductions, information about the character relationships and a specific event the characters were all a part of or witness to should be revealed. Each character needs to reflect on the event from their own perspective, as they add elements to the story. Points for this game will be assigned on the overall cohesion of the story, the team’s ability to reincorporate elements from the other players’ stories, and the team’s ability to give and take focus. Strong characters and strong storylines will benefit the team.
The Judge will give each team member slips of paper containing random lines of dialogue from conversation, songs, or movies. The slips of paper will be put into their pockets or held in an envelope until used in the scene. Team members may not look at the slips of paper before they use them in the scene. Two players will begin the scene with an environment suggested by the judge. At any point during the scene, the players may read one of their slips of paper as a replacement for what they were going to say next. Players who are not the original scene starters may enter and exit the scene justifiably and use their slips of paper in the same manner. Players must fluidly justify the random line they have just read within the context of the scene. Slips of suggested dialogue should be used sporadically throughout the scene and not one right after the other. Points will be assigned for each player’s ability to keep the scene’s story intact while justifying within the scene the line they have just incorporated from the slip of paper. Action involving the environment and other characters will enhance the scenes as well.
A freeze game- The Judge for this game will provide the team with a NOUN. The first player will create a scene ALONE involving that noun. After some time, the second player will yell, “SPACE JUMP.” That will freeze the first player allowing the second player to create a NEW scene involving the first player.
Players 3, 4, and 5 will enter the same way. Each NEW scene involves all the previous players. When all five players are in, the fifth player will exit the scene with a “SPACE JUMP”, leaving the other four players to go back to the PREVIOUS scene. The scenes will continue to go backwards until that first player is left alone with the original NOUN in the original scene. Points will be awarded based on the team’s ability to work together to present full, well-rounded scenes
involving strong characters and interesting storylines that continue throughout the evolution of the game.
The Judge will give the suggestion of a crime of some sort. Four players will create a scene involving that crime. The scene should last no longer 30 seconds. The remaining player will act as an old-time movie director, yelling “CUT!” at some point during that scene. The director will then give new suggestions to each of the players acting out the crime scene (ie. this time you’re a bear, you’re underwater, you’re Miley Cyrus, etc) The players will act the same crime scene incorporating the new suggestions from the director. The team will perform this crime scene three times in total. Points will be awarded for the team’s ability to create an initial scene involving the crime, to incorporate the suggestions of the director while keeping the scene intact, and to give and take focus to improve the scene.