First-year students from the Michigan State University Department Theatre take on improv comedy in the 15th annual Freshman Showcase: Together We Will Improvise. Performance dates are December 2-5 in Studio 60 of the Auditorium Building. Attendees must be masked for the health and safety of our students.
Together We Will Improvise is a light-hearted evening of improvisation to bond the Department of Theatre freshmen on their creative journey through undergrad. The actors will take suggestions from the audience to create a spontaneous, collaborative performance.
Throughout the fall semester, the students attended weekly rehearsals with director Sarah Hendrickson to learn improv comedy skills, build teams, and prepare for the show. Hendrickson says the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic means students are more prepared than ever to embrace the challenges of improv comedy.
“We are in a constantly changing environment that is putting our improvisational skills to the test,” Hendrickson said. “Adapting and surviving in a new world requires courage and imagination, and our freshmen are full of it! The students have done an amazing job preparing for this show. It's been wonderful watching them all grow closer and bond through the rehearsal process.”
Tickets for Together We Will Improvise are $20 for general admission, $18 for MSU faculty and staff and seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available online at http://whartoncenter.com, at the Wharton Center box office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
Performance Dates & Times
*Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. (Red and Blue Teams)
Friday, December 3, 2021, at 8 p.m. (Orange and Purple Teams)
Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2 p.m. (Orange and Blue Teams)
Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 8 p.m. (Red and Green Teams)
**Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. (Purple and Green Teams)
* Post-show discussion on Thursday, December 2, 2021 (Following the Performance)
** Pre-show discussion with the director on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 1:15 p.m.
Blue Team Green Team Orange Team
Ritu Singhal Anna Yarnal Sam Dobrowolski
Zoe Dorst Caitlyn Sanders John Govaere
Reese Martin Tia Spicer Natalie Palencik
Olivia Bath Audrey Lolli Shelby Ginsburg
Michael Bolanos Seray Sezgen
Red Team Purple Team
Cayla Hadaway Maggie Heil
Joshua Powles Emilie Burkhart
Kat Poon Conner Reilly
Ray Snively Grayson Blaske
Toby Sanders Mandy Marsili