Improv(e) Yourself


Photo: Jenna Taylor, founder of Improv Club

Recently at Normal West, an improv group has been created. The Improv Club is for people that want to improve their improvisational acting skills or just to make people laugh. Whether you’re just stopping by for a quick show or participating, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. The club was created by senior Jenna Taylor, with the help of students from ISU. 

This club is all about having fun, and taking a break from the stresses of school, work, homework, etc. Improv is acting on the spot, for lack of a better explanation. You are given a scenario, and then you act it out, putting your own twist to it, and making it whatever you want.

 There are several different ways to structure an improv show. Most groups simply present a series of improvised scenes, possibly tied together by a common theme.

 This new club at West is different then most. Sure, there’s choir or theater. But those have structure, and you can’t entirely be yourself. Improv is all about you, and what you can bring to the table.

 Improv Club founder, Jenna Taylor said, “I wanted to start this club because my freshman year I saw our old Improv team perform at west fest and then I became interested in it. My friend invited me to go see ISU’s Improv Mafia’s show and then I knew this something I wanted to do. I took up opportunities to do it during theatre programs or shows and then me and that friend decided to make a club for it.”

 Improv meets every Thursday after school until 4 p.m.