Merry Kissmas: A Royal Romance
and Venue November 20 – December 24, 2019, Wed-Sat
@ 7:30pm, matinees Dec 15, 21 & 22 @ 11:30am, Dec 24 @ 2pm |
The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island
Director Jay Ono Directors Margret Nyfors
& Nathan Clark Concept Creation Margret Nyfors
& Sarah Peretto Lighting Design Su Scarfe Sound
Design Brendan Kelly Set Design Mo Sherwood
laughter! At The Improv Centre anything goes and can happen live. And
with this holiday themed show, it most certainly did… including
a surprise audience marriage proposal on stage.
For the first act,
the stage was set in the small European town of Improvanzia, where the
royal prince and his suitors were complete with traditions of their
spirited region to share with the audience through short form improv.
With audience participation, hilarious skits were acted out including
a re-enactment of a couple’s first date, ending with the real-life
proposal and yes, engagement!
The last act used long form improv which is challenging to accomplish
as the plot continues to grow and becomes complicated with the audience
ideas. The actors nailed it, developing the royal prince’s pretend
engagement to an audience member, complete with witty jokes, zany impersonations
and electrifying energy.
They used callbacks, a joke that refers to one previously told in the
set, in a clever manner which is difficult to accomplish as the set
isn’t rehearsed with a script. This made the audience feel connected
as part of these inside jokes. One example was the Christmas squirrel,
the town’s mascot, who was developed in the first half and then
reintroduced in the second half with the pun he would be performing
online shopping over the holiday season.
The audience was engaged from start to finish which was apparent especially
hearing their gasps during the live proposal. The audience was a mix
of all ages and the laughter was consistent throughout the room from
start to finish.
The theatre’s set was decorated with a holiday festive feel, showcasing
the spirit of Improvanzia. The music complemented the set to reinforce
the joy and cheer of the ‘kissmas’ season and the sound
effects reinforced the various act outs, such as the cast playing hockey
against each other.
‘Tis the season to loosen up, be silly and head over to the Improv
Centre for a barrel of laughs!
2019 Darren Cordeiro