Registration is free and open to any high school aged improv team. Teams must consist of actors currently in 9th-12th grade, with no more than 8 members including a team captain. Teams larger than 8 actors are welcome to apply, but will need to select 8 to perform in the competition. To register, read all information, answer all questions, and click the submit button. The registration deadline is Friday, January 19, 2018. 6 teams will be selected, by lottery, to compete. All teams will be notified by January 23rd, at which time selected teams will be given further details about the competition, including the short-form games they will compete in. The Unruly Theatre Project Company members are not eligible to compete or win prizes, however they may compete in a different team of which they are a member.
The Unruly Theatre Project will serve as the evening’s host and the 6 selected teams will compete in preselected short-form improvised games. Each round, teams will be assigned in a different order. Each judge will have 5 points to award each team based on the competition rubric. Judges will score each team immediately following their performance in each round. Final placement will be determined soley based on the judges scores. While scores are being verified, The Unruly Theatre Project will perform. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. An additional prize will be awarded to the team who brings the largest crowd. All teams must be present throughout the entire competition.
Guidelines, Judging, and Awards
3 professional judges will be awarding teams based on theatrical improvisation skills. The judging rubric will be provided to all participating teams. While improv is often very funny, the judges will not be awarding teams based on comicality –“in other words be funny and have fun, but don’t forget to uses the skills you’ve learned to make a good scene.”
The Alden Theatre Information
The Unruly Theatre Project and the 2018 Improv Competition are both programs of the Alden Theatre, a professional presenting performance venue in McLean, VA. The Alden Theatre operates under the Fairfax County agency the McLean Community Center, and offers a full season of national and international professional touring artists representing a variety of disciplines with a focus on education, arts and culture. For more information, please visit www.aldentheatre.org.
Direct further questions pertaining to the 2018 Improv Competition to Danielle Van Hook at Danielle.VanHook@fairfaxcounty.gov. Please note: all persons attending this competition, waive their rights to be photographed for marketing purposes.
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