A Night of Improv and Comedy

This past Saturday and Sunday, the Toccoa Falls College Theatrical Society put on their spring production,“A Night of Comedy and Improv.”

Like the title of the show suggests, the actors and actresses performed a few short, comedic skits and entertained the crowd with some bits of hilarious improvisation. The small group of students who had committed to this production rehearsed and prepared for months. The resulting performance showed their hard work!

The skits included a two-part sketch called “Flirting Academy”, inspired by Studio C, and a zany skit called “Are you a fool?” directed by TFC Junior, Rachel Mayo.

The Theatrical Society performed a more serious play in addition to the comedies. TFC senior, Rebekah Stillwell, directed “The Lifehouse Everything Skit”. This silent skit portrayed the redemption story in a moving and beautiful way. Stillwell commented on the evening,

“This was one of the most fun performances the Theatrical Society has ever done! I loved the way almost everyone was in multiple acts. And while our scripted skits were awesome, the best parts (and the ones that got the most laughs) were the improv sessions. It made for an informal, more laid back interaction with the audience. It was a very close-knit group and I was so proud to work with them!”

The night was filled with laughter and a good time was had by actors and audience alike. One audience member said, “It was comical and interesting. I can’t compare it to anything else!”

Rebecca Colson, the leader of the improve troupe, Dead Joke Society, shared her parting thoughts about the production,

“I loved getting to hang out, goof off, and get to know the cast members. With all the stress of final assignments, acting with this group of people has been a great boost. And getting to pray for them before and after rehearsals has been a special joy for me as a director.”

 This statement from Rebecca really sums up what the Theatrical Society is about. This group of theatrically inclined students is able to come together, build each other up, and pray for one another. The group loves to have fun together and, through performing together regularly, has developed a strong bond. Their chemistry transcends from their personal lives to the stage, where they can encourage and entertain others through their passion for the Arts. Their goal is to glorify God in the talent they share with the community and the student body, and this goal has been achieved every semester.

The group loves to have fun together and, through performing together regularly, has developed a strong bond. Their chemistry transcends from their personal lives to the stage, where they can encourage and entertain others through their passion for the Arts. Their goal is to glorify God in the talent they share with the community and the student body, and this goal has been achieved every semester.

The Theatrical Society is a great facet in the student life at Toccoa Falls College. They will have more great performances and events next semester, so students can be on the lookout for their updates! For more information about the Theatrical Society contact club president, Callan Bentley at callanbentley@tfc.edu or Rebecca Colson at rebecacolson@tfc.edu.

For more information about the Theatrical Society contact club president, Callan Bentley at callanbentley@tfc.edu or Rebecca Colson at rebecacolson@tfc.edu.

Saturday Night Live: TFC Edition

It is always exciting to see hard work pay off – especially when the goal is laughter! When college students are struggling with the frustration of writing papers, plugging away at group projects, and coming to grips with their midterm grades, everyone could use a night of relief and relaxation. Thankfully, some students have been working toward making this evening of fun a reality. This Saturday Night Live event will take place this weekend! Faculty and students should prepare themselves for a night of laughter, spur-of-the-moment comedy, witty comebacks, wacky costumes, and even some audience participation.

Callan Bentley and Beth Hanawalt are the masterminds behind tomorrow’s event. Earlier this semester, the two juniors introduced to Toccoa Falls College the idea of a comedic improvisation group. Under their guidance, their idea took tangible form. The weekly practices of this “Dead Joke Society” were open to the whole campus and participation by any interested student was highly encouraged. Finally, all the work of the group is coming to fruition.

The Dead Joke Society is a student-led club, and of their own initiative, they sought to support the Justice Campaign, another student-run club. This allows for a delightful blend of both joy and the fight for freedom, humor and truth, improv acting and intentional prayer. While the Saturday Night Live performance is a free event, it is a fundraiser for the Justice Campaign. There will be a raffle in support of the Justice Campaign, indicative of how humor and justice can work together for a unified goal.

As in the practice sessions, the Saturday Night Live performance will consist of several acting games to amuse the audience. After working with the actors and actresses for so long, Callan and Beth know which pairings of performers have the best stage chemistry. This allows the directors to construct games for individuals who will best play on the strengths of each other on the fly. All these improv comedians are highly talented TFC students and many have taken part in one or more play put on by the Theatrical Society. This is improv, though! The performance will be unscripted and all humor generated on the spot as entertainers feed off the energy of each other and the audience.

That being said, they need an audience. According to Beth, the Dead Joke Society is “ pulling out all the stops – all the bells and whistles!” for this event. The directors have access to the costume closet of the Theatrical Society and will be providing miscellaneous props for the performers to aid in their comedic delivery. After all, who would not enjoy seeing a student pretending to tame a lion with a tiara?

This event is everything the improv troupe has been working toward this semester and has the added benefit of supporting the established Justice Campaign. Everyone is invited to share in the fun of the SNL event as the acting students bring smiles to the faces of students and faculty through crazy scenarios and witty remarks.

The show begins at 9pm, this Saturday, in Woerner Missions room 104.

 

What better way to have fun than allowing fellow classmates to minister to the students and faculty in the audience by creating the space for laughter?

The Dead Joke Society

Laughter fills the room as banter flies back and forth between student actors flourishing ridiculous props and outfits. There is no script, only whatever information has been provided to establish a fictional situation and setting. The audience of friends and fellow budding thespians calls out suggestions and witty comments. It is a realm in which students can be free to demonstrate their creativity through exploring and portraying exaggerated personas not wholly their own. It is a night of humor and relaxation.

This is Toccoa Falls College’s very own improvisation acting troupe. It is cleverly named the Dead Joke Society as a parody of the movie title, The Dead Poet Society. Their intent is to provide quality, seamless, comedic humor to the campus.

It is well known that TFC has an established theatrical society. They put on highly anticipated, large-scale productions every semester. These plays involve huge commitment from the students who put in late night hours to practice and rehearse their parts. Along the way, student actors grow together as friends, sharing inside jokes and playing games to get into character and hone their skills.

TFC’s new improv troupe skillfully takes the light-hearted fun and comradery that characterizes any cast of actors while minimizing the stress of excessive time commitment, line memorization, and auditions.

Director Callan Bentley described improvisational acting as “a branch of theatre that is unscripted – you all get on stage and have fun!” Beth Hanawalt and Callan Bentley lead the actors and actresses in acting games to hone their skill in producing witty, fun comebacks and comments without breaking character or killing the scene. The goal is to find which groups of students have excellent acting chemistry with each other and pair them together more often so they can play off of each other.

The games are hilarious to watch, even at this early stage of the Dead Joke Society where Beth and Callan are still getting a feel for running the troupe. One game that could be played is titled “What are you doing?” This involves an actor performing some sort of activity while someone else walks up and asks about their actions and expressions. The initial actor then gives a new scenario, without actually explaining what they are doing. For example, they may say they are “burying a dead dog while milking a cow,” even though they are actually “fighting off Godzilla with a plastic fork.” The second actor must then pretend to milk the cow and bury a dog at the same time, without losing the flow of acting. The first actor, who is now done fighting Godzilla, walks off the stage and someone else comes up to ask “what are you doing?” The hilarity is found in seeing the different reactions to the activities. What crazy scenario will be thought up next? How will the actors interpret them and interact with the person coming to take their place on center stage to receive a new scenario?

Callan and Beth want the improv troupe to be open and welcome to the entire student body and even any faculty who have an interest. Perhaps, they could even get professors involved? Even if someone is not sure of their desire to participate in the acting, coming to the weekly get-togethers is still a great way to relax and let the stress of school melt away. Beth is honest with her perspective,“To me, it’s a ministry to make people laugh…to help spread joy around the campus.” The first meeting was this past Monday night at 9:00pm in Woerner Missions room 104, and they will continue this pattern through the semester.

The Dead Joke Society is a way to have fun, and it provides something to look forward to. Callan and Beth have planned a more public performance after they have perfected the skills of the improvisation actors. “We’re trying to pair up with the Justice Campaign as a big fundraiser for them. That’s the main focus of the semester, what we’re leading up to and working towards.” Any donations for this event will go directly to the mission of the Justice Campaign.

Because there will be this final performance open to the whole campus, the Dead Joke Society will require some level of commitment and interest from those involved. Beth and Callan need to have an idea of how to structure the night of improv acting and comedy to best entertain the audience. However, as the improv troupe is only just beginning, initial commitment is very low. Beth and Callan truly do encourage people to come, engage, or watch every week.

In the words of Callan, “It’s okay to have fun and let loose, even when you’re studying so hard!”

 

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Theatrical Society Holds Auditions for Spring’s “Harvey”

The Theatrical Society began the year with auditions for the play “Harvey.” Which is a wonderfully comedic story about a man who sees a 6’5” rabbit. His claims drive his family crazy and hilarity ensues as they attempt to commit him into an asylum. Several students showed up to perform a variety of comedic monologues. Everything ranging from what women are looking for in a man, to Alice in Wonderland, and being stranded on an island. My personal favorite was Alex Luthor’s “Umbridge” monologue from the wildly funny “Very Potter Musical.” In case you didn’t know, he is quite convincing at being an angry woman. If you weren’t able to attend the auditions, but would like to help with the play in some other way, contact Chance Rigdon or Tiffany Rowlett. He is the director of this year’s play and she will be helping him as assistant director. They will be able to answer any questions you have, or point you in the right direction to someone who can.

There are a variety of jobs for everyone. If you enjoy working with people, perhaps you could help with advertising and spread the word about the Theatrical Society. Hospitality is another good option for those who enjoy working with others. In this position, you have the opportunity to welcome people when they come to the play or bring refreshments to the actors. For a more hands-on experience, you could join the backstage crew and help set up, move, and take down props and other play-related items. It’s a good experience for those who are interested drama, but would rather not act on stage. Make-up, which is required on stage, is a little awkward for the men to out on. So all you ladies who are good at putting in makeup should consider helping out in that way. The Theatrical Society can always use more people. It takes a lot of work to put on a play, and every volunteer counts.

And remember, as you’re walking to and from your classes, keep an eye out for Harvey: you may just see him.