Victoria At The Helm

img_0111.jpgFor the next few weeks, Victoria will be teaching the workshop. I’m on vacation until Thanksgiving (I’ll be traveling in Malaysia) and this coming Wednesday November 1 the class is canceled. But the following Wednesdays will see Victoria shaking things up.

Also, while I’m gone, this blog won’t be updated much (or at all). I’ll be taking along an improv book or two so I may have something to blog about. Otherwise, watch for a flood of posts just after Thanksgiving.

Class October 25, 2006

Here are a few pictures from the last class, most of them taken by Andrew. I tried to color correct, but with mixed results, as you’ll see.

Our focus for the night was on physicalizing.


Scott made an appearance and is seen with Victoria in this Create an Object to Speak exercise. They are in a hospital’s ER room, but I don’t think they’re dancing.


Marika, Allegra, and Jim are in another performance of the same exercise, but this took place in a jail. You can pretty much figure out the roles of each character just from this shot.


I like this shot of Neil. I’m not sure what scene this was taken from, but it captures his expression, well.

Okay, I had to throw this shot in. Ben and Dustin. You’ve gotta go with the interesting verticals in this scene.


I also like this shot. It looks like they are listening to the most interesting feedback.


Eric and I are in the middle of a scene that I know was all innuendo. Think Brokeback Mountain, but the topic of discussion is camp food.

A fine class with 16 people that night. It’s funny how 16 in the class starts to feel like a small class. We took advantage of the situation to do some extended open scenes, and I was pleased with how well they all went.

Caught in the Act, October 21, 2006 Show

Here are a few photos from Caught in the Act‘s October 21, 2006 show. We had a good sized crowd and it was a fun show.

These images are all captured from video, and may be a bit blurry.


The Gibberish Translator scene was pretty good with Neil translating a disagreement on cooking styles between Victoria’s character and Mike’s character. Needless to say, the gesticulation and miming was wildly beyond the mundane argument.


Here, Jim Andrew, and Neil are playing a Who Am I? scene where Jim is trying to determine his profession. For this scene, he was a baker, although the event being portrayed was the oddest bar-mitzvah.


This was a beautiful Opera scene, with Mike translating an Indian opera for Victoria and Andrew. Some great physical work.


This is a moment in the oddest scene that came out of Scenes From a Hat. Eric is a porcupine, and Jim, Andrew, and Victoria are international mosquitoes. Whatever it was, it was funny.


Now that’s a song. In this case it was the Fight Song, but just look at that enthusiasm. Wonderful to watch.


This photo pretty much captures the essence of this Arms Through scene. It’s a French cooking show, and yes, that is a raw chicken in “my” hands. They were Mike’s hands, actually. And Neil was the one getting instruction. I’m not certain I can make clear how messy this scene became. Let’s just say that I still smell of mustard.


Ah yes, Eric, Mike, and I are performing ballet. This was the hit of the Repeating Scene, Changing Genre scene. Nothing more amusing than three guys trying to dance ballet.


This is an Expert Panel with Magazines scene. Jim was from Good Housekeeping, Eric from Cat Fancier, Victoria from (I believe) Teen Life and I’m from The National Enquirer. Neil is the moderator.


Our final piece of the evening is, as usual, a Montage. This particular piece was the ending scene where we had hired people off the street to come to Neil’s party.

There were quite a few more pieces in the show (19 total) but I thought this was a pretty good representation of what we did. A fine show.

Computer Problems

Last Tuesday morning (3:00 am), we had a very weird power surge at my home which blew out all of our computers. Although I was able to get access to the internet, the photos I had for a couple of blog posts were stuck on those systems.

Just a couple of hours ago, we finally got my computer back up and operating. So I apologize for being out of touch, and I’ll try and catch up by posting a few entries with photos.