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Middle school presents improv

Kingsbury Middle School will be be full of laughs May 29 as students host Tuesday Night at the Improv at 6 p.m.

About 50 KMS drama students will be producing a night of improvisational comedy. Drama teacher Amy Sando said the students participated in all areas of planning the performance.

“The class is designing the costumes, producing programs and acting,” Sando said. “Everything is really done by them and I have really just kind of coordinated that.”

Improvisational comedy is unique because the actors perform with a theme but without a script. Improvisational acting can be more challenging to perform, but Sando said her students are suited for it.

“This is a great avenue because they have so much energy,” Sando said. “They are so squirrely. This is where you encourage them to clown around.”

Drama is a new elective class at the middle school. For many of the students it is their first exposure to acting. Sando said improv is a good way to introduce kids to acting because it does not require memorizing a script, but it helps them to feel comfortable acting.

“The middle school kids have not had a lot of exposure (to acting,)” Sando said. “I think learning to use their imaginations is foundational to them learning to play a character. It gives them more tools to later then play characters. We have been working on this all year. It is basically acting without a script.”

Sando said middle school is holding Tuesday Night at the Improv as a way to show community members the talents of the students.

“It is our opportunity to expose the parents and the community to what (the students) have been doing in the class,” Sando said.

After a school year of preparation, Sando said her students are ready for the performance.

“The kids have taken all the responsibility for the show and they have been great and they are capable,” Sando said. “Possibly some future comedians.”

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