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Everett Tolbert-Schwartz 22, CC Mesa 22 and Ash Wright 22 deliver an unscripted performance inspired by audience suggestions.

Improv groups host interactive virtual performance

Lucas Cohen-D'Arbeloff May 15, 2021

The school’s improvisation groups hosted one-hour performances over Zoom May 14. The Jackanapes, made up of sophomores and juniors, went live at 5 p.m., and the Scenemonkeys, composed of mostly seniors,...

Improv Workshop members (from top right clockwise) Will Farhat 21, Simone Herman 23, Alon Moradi 21 and Carter Staggs 23 perform in a group skit.

Improv group hosts online performance event

Natalie Cosgrove March 21, 2021

The upper school improv group hosted an event on Zoom, where students from the group displayed their improvisation skills through a series of games and scenes based on suggestions from the audience, March...

Photo Credits: Woo Sim

Stealing the Spotlight from Performing Arts

Justin Goldstein December 9, 2020

On a late Wednesday afternoon, Shanti Hinkin ’22 listened to the combination of voices that comprised the Chamber Singers as they sang Brahms's "Der Gang zum Liebchen." However, this year, something...

Improvisation groups host annual performance virtually

Sophia Musante May 31, 2020

Members of the Orangagang, Scene Monkeys and Jackanapes, the three upper school improvisation groups, performed for the community via Zoom on May 23, 24 and 25, respectively. Students have been rehearsing...

Actors practice in workshops

Sarah Lee November 29, 2016

Jackanapes mentor Lisa Fredrickson led improv workshops for students in the Actor and the Stage I class Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 3 and 7. Fredrickson led the class in activities in learning to develop characters...

THE WORLD OF IMPROVISATION: Shelby Weiss ’16, Sabrina de Brito ’17 and Joe Levin ’17 perform in a skit. The students are members of the Scene Monkeys, an improvisation group that performed two shows in the Rugby Auditorium on May 13.  Credit: Katie Plotkin/Chronicle

Scene Monkeys acts out skits

Katie Plotkin May 26, 2016

Members of the Scene Monkeys improvisation group performed two shows in the Rugby Auditorium May 13. “There was just so much adrenaline and energy on stage, and it felt like all the monkeys were on...

Oka ’92 teaches acting, improv

Jackson Novick October 14, 2014

Actor Masi Oka ‘92 taught an Unconventional Leadership workshop on improvisational skills in the Drama Lab last Friday. Oka, who starred in NBC’s "Heroes," has a background in improv that includes...

Self Improv-ment

Jacob Goodman February 12, 2014

Dave Bushnell runs through the do’s and don’t’s of improv. He throws out terms like "block" and "waffle" to the 13 students who make up the new student improv group, the newly-named Jackanapes. Bushnell...

Scene Monkey auditons to be held on Oct. 25.

Jacob Goodman October 1, 2013

Auditions for the Scene Monkeys, the upper school improv group, will be held Friday, Oct. 25. in the drama lab. Callbacks will be held the following week on Friday, Nov. 1. Additionally, performing arts...

Scene Monkeys

Noa Yadidi May 18, 2013

Scene Monkeys perform improv at student film festival

Lucas Gelfen April 24, 2013

Upper school student improv group, Scene Monkeys, performed the opening act for the Los Angeles Student Media Festival on March 30. Six of the 20-member ensemble attended the two hour long show, which...

20 students chosen for 2012-2013 improv troupe

Michael Sugerman November 19, 2012

Performing arts teacher and Scene Monkeys adviser Michele Spears selected 20 students for the 2012-2013 Scene Monkeys. New members were admitted after two rounds of callbacks over two weeks. Fifty students...

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