Improv for a cause in the Black Box Theatre

Nathan Weissbock, Contributor Ω

Dan Ondang, Kory Cudmore and Erik Stephany have all taken a liking to the art of improv and will be performing on Dec. 1. Photo courtesy Andrew Cooper

Dan Ondang, Kory Cudmore and Erik Stephany have all taken a liking to the art of improv and will be performing on Dec. 1. Photo courtesy Andrew Cooper

Fans of comedy and improvisation rejoice! TRUDAT (TRU Drama and Theatre club) will be hosting their first improv fundraiser on Dec. 1.

Improv is a type of theatre in which the performers execute scenes suggested by members of the audience. These actors generally employ humour and drama to create entertainment for the audience. One of the basic principles of this type of performance is that the actor will not have time to think or rehearse and will have to think on his feet, leading to creative and quirky characters or scenes.

The show will feature dozens of TRU students who are all members of TRUDAT. All proceeds from the evening will be going to the Bradley Munro Scholarship Fund. This fund was created in honour of Bradley Munro, a TRU student who passed away two years ago. The fund goes to students who need assistance paying their tuition.

“Bradley Munro really loved theatre, so I am very glad that we can be honouring his name by doing something he really loved, while giving back the community,” said Andrew Cooper, one of the actors who will be performing at the show.

The event will be hosted by Allison Clow and Jessica Buchanan, who are both in charge of running the fundraiser. Clow said she will be sure to involve the audience, as the performers need to suggest scenarios for actors to perform.

Cooper noted one particular game viewers may see at the show, which he called “The Alphabet Game.” In this game, a setting is proposed by a member of the audience and the pair of actors must each begin their line with the first letter of the alphabet, and then the reply to that dialogue must be the next letter of the alphabet. Both actors must cover all 26 letters of the entire alphabet, after which the game ends.

TRUDAT actors are hoping for a large turn-out and are eager to give their audience a great show.

The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre for drinks and refreshments, with the show starting at 8 p.m.

Entrance is solely by donation, but a minimum of $5 is required.