Why people?! WHY?!
I don’t need to be told what improv is. NO BODY DOES!!!!! If you’re still explaining what improv is to your crowd; you need to stop immediately.
I’m not talking about the instructions that happen before a short form game or getting an offering from the audience. I’m straight up arguing against telling the audience what improvisational theatre is.
If the audience members don’t know by now what improvisation is, then fine. Let them have a “dialogue” with you after the show.
Do we tell the audience what they are about to see when they go to the Nutcracker?
“Dear audience members, what you’re about to see is ballet. You might see some people going up on their toes or twirling about.”
Do we tell the audience about the play they are about to see?
“Welcome valued members of the community, what you’re about to experience is Waiting for Godot. It involves actors and a tree. We use lighting and costumes to help illustrate certain artistic elements that we feel help highlight and explain the over all meaning of the play as well as our own personal interpretation.”
So why do we as improvisers feel the need for the preface?
It’s like we’re apologizing before we begin. We are assuming that people will reject us or won’t “get” us.
SO WHAT IF THEY DON’T?
Why can’t we just own what we are and if people have questions they can figure it out!
Also, don’t think I forgot about you, people who talk at the end.
Maybe I’m a theatre artist at heart, but why the long spiel? Can’t we just take our bow at the end and call it good?
If the audience member had a good time, they will want to learn more.
OR if you have a big event coming up, I guess that’s fine, but don’t shopping channel me at the end. I don’t have a notepad and pen available to write down the list that you are pouring out.
I’ve honestly not gone to shows, because I didn’t want to sit through the ads. Or I’ve come late and ditched out early.
Honestly, once the show is over, I just want to leave. I’ve experienced and I’m done. I want to end on the high of a good laugh or connecting emotionally with the scene.
DON’T RUIN YOUR SHOW BY SPENDING A THIRD OF THE TIME TALKING AT THE BEGINNING AND THE END!