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Improv: Improvement and Entertainment

Published on April 10, 2012 by in Uncategorized

Last week was a very good week for Laugh2Learn. Thursday we worked with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s leadership team, and Friday and Saturday were Laughing Matters performances.

I don’t know why, but I was a bit  anxious about working with the Sheriff’s team. I shouldn’t have been. The deputies were very receptive and we had a great time, and when it was over, the Sheriff offered to be a reference to other law enforcement agencies. I’m sure he did so because in his opinion we had accomplished the three objectives we had set for the session:

  • Build/strengthen sense of community;
  • Improve communication skills;
  • Improve creative/problem solving skills

Friday and Saturday night were Laughing Matters performances. For me the only thing that competes with the joy of teaching improv is the joy of performing. Where but an improv performance can one have the opportunity to play a geriatric movie director, the world’s worst Viagra salesman, and Christopher Walken auditioning for a role in Winnie the Poo? 

Saturday night, after the show, I had a very pleasant conversation with Kelli Stegeman of Kansas First News. So add to the benefits of improv the opportunity to meet new people.

 
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