(Vancouver, BC) – September always feels like the ‘real’ New Year – summer vacation is over and it’s the start of the academic year. It doesn’t matter if you are a student or have been out of school for decades, the feeling still persists. Starting September 3, Vancouver TheatreSports (VTS) honours the beginning of fall with a special improv comedy show dedicated to school days. Back to School TheatreSports takes classic TheatreSports short form improv ‘games’ and adapts them to parody classroom clichés and cliques (some things never change). Instead of the traditional TheatreSports referee, the action will be overseen by a very stern Principal. Rule infractions result in player ‘detentions’ and the teams of mixed student stereotypes (geeks, jocks, cool kids etc.) will be awarded letter grades by a critical panel of examiners (audience members). At the conclusion of the match only one team will pass. Will the winning ‘report card’ contain straight A’s or, like its high school counterpart, will there also be a few B’s and C’s?
As in all VTS shows, the characters and action are co-developed with the audience – utilizing their suggestions to create on-the-spot, unscripted, theatrically-infused comedy. In this case, the players will be improvising using school-themed suggestions to create the scenarios – awkward first dates, trying out for the team and cramming for exams come readily to mind. Regardless of whether you are/were a jock, a nerd or one of the cool kids at school, everyone will be able to relate and find something to laugh about at Back to School TheatreSports.
Being an improv show means that no two performances can ever be the same, but all are guaranteed to be entertaining and give you sore sides from laughing. Who knows, you may even leave The Improv Centre humming ‘Be True to Your School.’
Get the fall off to a laughing start by joining VTS for some school-themed hilarity 7:30 p.m. September 3 through October 12 at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets start as low as $10.75 (advance, online) for students.
About Vancouver TheatreSports™ League:
Since its founding in 1980, Vancouver TheatreSports™ League (VTS) grown to become a well-respected international leader in the improv art form, entertaining more than 65,000 people per year through 12 shows a week, 52 weeks a year at its own theatre, The Improv Centre, located on Granville Island. An intimate space, The Improv Centre is a fully-licensed facility with its own Bar & Lounge over-looking False Creek Marina and VTSL patrons are welcome to take their beverages into the theatre to enjoy during the show. In addition, VTSL owns and operates The Improv Comedy Institute – an improv school offering classes from beginner through professional level, conducts province-wide school tours and operates Improv for Business, a corporate training division with a diverse portfolio of blue-chip clients. In 2016, VTSL was voted the ‘#1 Improv Comedy Company’ at the prestigious ‘Best of Vancouver Awards.’ Vancouver TheatreSports™ appreciates the on-going support of season sponsors: City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, The Georgia Straight, and The Granville Island Hotel.
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