Sample Class – “World’s Worst” Theater Game
This game is great fun and many people are already familiar with it thanks to the popular improv show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” I suggest that you explain the game and assemble a list of possible characters and/or professions before you start so that you can keep things flowing and keep the energy building. It’s best to situate up to 10 actors in line, on stage and let them step forward and present a solo performance as they come up with ideas. Actors should step forward on the heals of the last performer but they should NEVER interrupt another performer. The ideas should “pop” like popcorn. And just like popcorn, once you notice that the intervals in between “pops” get longer, that’s how you know when to change the character. This is a fun warm up game if you need to build energy but it is also a great “time filler” if you find that you have a spare 10 minutes at the end of a class or rehearsal.
Give a brief solo performance depicting the world’s worst………
- Postal Carrier
- Bus Driver
- Computer Programmer
- US President
- Rock Star
- News Reporter
- Pageant Contestant
- Hair Dresser
- Baseball Player
Sample Class – Fortunately/Unfortunately
This is a very simple Improv theater game that works best with actors that are as young as 3rd grade but it can also be challenging for adults. You can ask for plot suggestions from those seated in the audience or, if you are working with a script, it can be a great warm up/team building exercise to have your cast summarize the plot of the play using Fortunately/Unfortunately to begin each new sentence. For example, a cast who is rehearsing a production of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” might come up with this:
Baby Bear: Fortunately, there was porridge for breakfast. My favorite.
Mama Bear: Unfortunately, it was too hot.
Papa Bear: Fortunately, it was a beautiful day for a walk.
Goldilocks: Unfortunately, I broke into the house while they were out taking a walk.
Baby Bear: Fortunately, she wasn’t a bad person.
Mama Bear: Unfortunately, she ate my baby’s porridge
Papa Bear: Fortunately, she left mine and Mama Bear’s.
Goldilocks: Unfortunately, I broke baby’s bear’s chair.
Baby Bear: Fortunately, I prefer sitting on Mama’s lap.
Mama Bear: Unfortunately, we discovered the intruder sleeping upstairs.
Papa Bear: Fortunately, we are bears and we scared her away.
Goldilocks: Unfortunately, I jumped out the window and broke my leg.
Make sure that if you are using this as a warm up game before rehearsal that the actors play the game “in character.”
Key things to remember in Fortunately/Unfortunately:
- Don’t over-think it.
- Say “yes” and work within the given circumstances
- Listen and respond.