Scene Monkeys hold open improv workshops

Morganne Ramsey

From new sophomores unfamiliar with improvisation, to experienced seniors, 50 people danced, yelled, and acted at the Scene Monkeys worksop Oct. 5. Two more workshops were scheduled for Oct. 9 and today.

Performing arts teacher Michelle Spears led the Scene Monkeys’ workshop along with experienced improvisational actors and comedians.

The workshops teach actors how to portray and harness their improvisational skills. By observing current Scene Monkeys, new-comers learn how to play improvisational games and be a team player.

“You have to make it a group effort,” Scene Monkey Nick Healy said. “You have to listen to what the other person is saying, and you have to be with them at all times. You can’t be in your own mind doing your own thing. It’s so much fun, and it’s always hilarious. There’s very little pressure. It’s not like a cutthroat musical audition. It’s very laid back.”

The workshops are from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Spears warmed the students up with games, and then they went into role-playing and character enactment.

Alan Yousefzadeh ’15, who had never tried improvisation before, had an interest in Scene Monkeys and attended the workshop.

“It was a lot of fun. There’s really nothing to be nervous about,” Yousefzadeh said.

Yousefzadeh aims to audition for Scene Monkeys for this school year. Auditions for the Scene Monkeys troupe will take place at the end of the month.