Thursday, 13 February 2020 15:53

Improv Night returning to Richmond Community Theatre

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ROCKINGHAM — After the Richmond Community Theatre's first Improv Night in January raised $285.25, Director Merrie Dawkins was already thinking about the next one.

That next one will take place at 7 p.m. this Saturday inside the theater.

As a way to help raise funds for a new electronic lighting system, the theatre is branching out and trying some new events, with the improv nights proving to be very popular.

For just the price of $1, anyone can attend and participate in the local version of the television show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

"I think it was successful because it offers folks something new," said Dawkins. "Improv is sometimes challenging, but always fun. Whether you're watching or participating you enjoy it."

Some of the games played during the last improv night included ABC Improv, which included participants performing a scene where each sentence of each new line corresponds with the next letter in the alphabet.

Another segment popular from the TV show was Scenes From A Hat, where a group of actors play out different categories picked from a hat. Some of the scenes included, "bad Broadway ideas," "The real moon-landing story," "unusual Christmas songs" and "weird pizza delivery instructions."

Also played was Props, The Question Game, Party Quirks and Foreign Film Dub. This month's event will add Caption A Meme and Freeze Frame to the mix.

Dawkins said she is not familiar with the new games but knows they'll be fun, nonetheless. This night, just like the first, will be hosted and emceed by Stephanie Van Hassell.

With improv nights now running in back-to-back months, Dawkins added there will be more on the horizon. 

"Yes, we do plan to have more improv nights," she said. "We haven't come up with a different schedule yet." 

Navigating around the theatre's usual schedule of plays, such as next week's "Anne of Green Gables," can be challenging, but Dawkins and the board of directors are attempting to raise in the neighborhood of $3,000 for the computerized lighting system.

If January's monetary amount raised is any indication, getting to that number won't take many more improv nights to attain. Dawkins hopes that soon, a new lighting system won't be something patrons and lovers of the theatre have to "make up."