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Title:
The ultimate improv book : a complete guide to comedy improvisation
Author:
Nevraumont, Edward J., 1975-
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Colorado Springs, Colo. : Meriwether Pub., 2001.
Physical Description:
iv, 272 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781566080750
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN1969.C65 N49 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

A complete improvisation curriculum in twenty-four class-length units. This comprehensive resource who shows the who, what, when, why and how of comedy improvisation. Main topics: What is improv?; Improvisational skills; Structuring; Strategies; How to start your own improvisation team. Includes many games and exercises.


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Gr. 9-12. Teens who like to perform but find organized high-school theater out of reach or too limiting will find great tips for a new acting outlet here. Suggestions for assembling a capable, compatible team of players, setting up performances guidelines, and keeping the action flowing and on target for the audience preface setups for 60 games. The game-exercises, most for teams of 2 to 20, are specifically designed to assist players in using language, literature, song, and movement in their skits. Helpful word and idea lists round out this excellent tool, which emphasizes that practice makes perfect--even when it comes to improvisation. --Stephanie Zvirin


Table of Contents

Part 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 What Is Improv?p. 3
Chapter 2 Creating an Improv Teamp. 6
Part 2 Improv Skillsp. 13
Chapter 3 Improv Foundationsp. 15
Chapter 4 Rules of the Stagep. 30
Chapter 5 Who? What? Where?p. 35
Chapter 6 Physicalization--The "Where"p. 39
Chapter 7 Characterization--The "Who"p. 41
Chapter 8 Storytelling--The "What"p. 44
Chapter 9 The Huddle--Before You Beginp. 51
Chapter 10 Teamworkp. 54
Chapter 11 Use of Suggestionp. 58
Chapter 12 The Presentationp. 63
Chapter 13 One Final Conceptp. 65
Part 3 Structuringp. 69
Chapter 14 Flagsp. 71
Chapter 15 Making Structuresp. 74
Chapter 16 "Who" Structuresp. 76
Chapter 17 "What" Structuresp. 81
Chapter 18 "How" Structuresp. 87
Chapter 19 "Use of Suggestion" Structuresp. 91
Chapter 20 Reality-Based Structuresp. 98
Chapter 21 Other Things to Think Aboutp. 109
Part 4 Strategiesp. 113
Chapter 22 Tips and Hintsp. 115
Chapter 23 Self-Evaluationp. 117
Chapter 24 Putting on a Showp. 120
Appendicesp. 131
Appendix 1 Improv Games Eventsp. 133
Appendix 2 Practice Schedulep. 147
Appendix 3 Gamesp. 149
Appendix 4 Singing and Rhymingp. 239
Appendix 5 Listsp. 250
Appendix 6 Recommended Readingp. 264
Appendix 7 A Glossary of Improv Termsp. 266
About the Authorsp. 271

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