Thursday, April 11

Improv to Improve Class

When I was an EMT we had to be registered with the province and to maintain that registration every year we had to do some continuing education. We would be sent some thing to read pertaining to our field and then we had to do a test. At the time we all found it redundant and bothersome to have to do it, but now, now there is a part of me that appreciates growth and learning and wishes there was an equivalent in radio.

I didn't go to school for radio and I have been trying to think of something I could do, a class I could take that might help in the same way our con-ed helped in EMS. After thinking it over for a few weeks, I found something I think will help. I found an improv class offered by a group of actors that I think will be exactly what I need. I want to be better at what I do. I want to feel more comfortable with my abilities and I want to learn new things. I want to be able to feel silly and not care.

I never participated in theater when I was in high school. I have no idea why, I think it was a mix of being scared of the drama teacher and I just wasn't a fan of being on stage. I would pay the .25 cents at lunch to watch Freddy and Everett compete with others in theater sports. They were some of the funniest guys I knew and their ability to preform in front of people was something I always admired. The days theater sports were on were my favorite. Even back then I understood myself enough to know that when I was having a bad day, just 30 minutes of watching two people play tennis in theater sports with a comb was all I needed. I would be laughing until there were tears and I could carry on with my day.

Last night was my first Improv class. I had to do a movie premier in the south first. Welcome ticket winners and chat with people then introduce the movie with Rob. I actually just stood there while he did it, weird how someday's I can talk to anyone, and other days that many people staring at me makes me want to throw up and lay on the ground. I am so glad I have Rob there to help buffer the bad days. When the movie started I raced out to my van and drove downtown to make it to my class.
When I finally got to the right place (I walked into another class and interrupted it) there was about 9  people and they were all sitting in chairs in a circle. The teacher was warm and welcoming, not what I expected at all. I was worried that she would be completely irritated with me being late and be over dramatic with how it effected the feel of the stage (something along the lines of how over the top I remember our high school drama teacher being) but she wasn't. She just smiled and put me in a group for our first improv game.

At first I didn't really like it. I just wanted to sit back and watch, but the more we played the games the more comfortable I felt. It was a strange sense of relaxation. No one cared if you made a mistake, they actually said a few times, "mistakes are just new opportunities" This class is actually a level 2 class. I was not able to go to the level 1 because it is always held on days I work, but after speaking to the director she allowed me to go in. So there were things I didn't understand but Joleen would give a quick explanation and away we went.

By the end of the night when the class was winding down I was so sad. I wanted to stay and play longer. I really think I made a good choice with this class. I can't wait until next week, and we can play freeze again. I think I might teach the kids how to play and goof around with them today as practice.


I am grateful for the day off I decided the kids get. I have not seen them much lately and I miss them, so they are staying home with me today to play and laugh and visit.

I am grateful the sun is out today.

I am grateful for getting to try new things and meeting new people.


1 comment:

Burgers said...

That sounds awesome! I've always loved improv. I may have to look into that myself at some point. =)