RANDOLPH, NJ-The Randolph High School Improv Troupe hosted their second annual Improv Show this past Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the new RHS auditorium. The club gives drama students a chance to explore improvisation and ad-libbed comedy, something that many of the students enjoy.
“I describe improv comedy as spontaneous fun, where you don’t have to try to be funny because the basic rules of improv makes improv funny automatically,” said senior and co-captain of the RHS Improv Troupe, Kyle Benedetti.
Along with Benedetti, the Improv Troupe has 10 members: Matthew Ludwig (co-captain), Sam Friedland (co-captain), David Altman, Emily Cyrier, Trevor Frederick, Peter Geannakakes, Rachel Malaga, Alexa Nodine, and Ariana Pereira.
The show is based around improvisation games. Club advisor Michele Danna hosted the show and set up the games for each scene. Each game provides a slightly different sort of improv and allows the members of the troupe to find their niche.
Ludwig said, “I love the freedom we all have and how you really get to know everyone in the club through how they use that freedom.”
Despite the time and effort the troupe spent preparing for and performing the show, the turnout was on the snaller side. Approximately 50 people showed up to watch the show, with the majority being family and friends of the troupe members. The Improv Troupe was pleased to have raised $270 from ticket and snack sales, but still hopes that in the future they will have larger turnouts.
“I got the feeling that the audience members were very pleased with the show,” said Benedetti. “My hope is those audience members tell their friends about the show and we can continue to make people laugh.”