|IMPROV 4 KIDS
|Basic Improv Games & Exercises for classes, rehearsals, team-building: Here is a list of some of our favorite Games!
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2 Players begin a scene as the others form a semi-circle around the scene. An Emcee yells "freeze". The person at the front where the semi-circle and takes the position of one of the players in the scene. A new scene/situation begins in that position. Players continue to rotate as the circle goes one full round. Great for ages 8 and up.
1 Minute to 5 Seconds
The Emcee gets a suggestion from the audience for noun and a verb (exp "Table" "Skipping". 2 Players perform a 60 second scene about this topic. When they hit 60 seconds the scene is over and they must repeat the same scene again: action for action, motion for motion but in 30 seconds. After 30 seconds they must repeat the scene again in 15 seconds, then 10 until they count down to 5 seconds.
Emotional Roller Coaster
An Emcee takes a list of emotions from the audience. 2 Players perform in a scene that changes emotions when directed by the Emcee.
Film & Theatre Styles
2 Players are given a scene and then various film/theatre/tv styles to act it out in
Speak It Sing It
3 Players act out a scene. They break out into song when the Emcee says "Sing it"
2 Players perform in a scene with each sentence starting with successive letters of the alphabet
Actors get suggestions of various authors from the audience. Each actor picks an author and tells a story in the style of that author while the MC "directs" the scene by pointing to the actors and deciding who speaks next.
Day in the Life
The Emcee gets an audience member to go through a "memorable" day in their life. After writing down the basic outline of that day, the cast re-enacts that day through an interpretive modern dance.
Two or more actors play a scene. The MC says "switch" the actors must change the last thing they said or action they did to something else.
3 Players are guests at a party and each give an "quirk" from the audience. It is up the party host to guess each quirk.
4 Players make up 4 lines each about a topic or suggestion. One by one they each lay down a beat. One by one they make up their 4 lines about the topic in the style of AABB.
Audience Sound Effects
2 Audience members supply the sound effects for 2 players in the scene.
Players form in a circle and must count randomly to 21. No two players can speak at the same time. Listening Skills are essential and this is great for focusing energy
Tag Team Questions
2 teams face off in a scene where they are only allowed to speak in questions. Can swap players as needed.
One Word Story
Players form a circle and must complete an entire story with each player adding one word as the story circulates.
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