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Practice makes excellent improv

Come check it out at Nutz 'n' Boltz

If you're wondering what the next Nutz 'n' Boltz Theater production will be, you're in good company - so is the cast.

Nutz 'n' Boltz will introduce its new improvisational theater troupe, 'To Be Announced,' at a family friendly free show at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Boring-Damascus Grange, 27861 Grange St., Boring.

Troup members include Justin and Kelly Lazenby, Jim Rulla, Benjamin Rulla, Kaleb Hood, Zach Glenn, Caydan Glenn, Ian Phipps and Kelsey Brand, director.

'Since it's an improv show, I don't really know what's going to happen, but it will be a fun time for all,' Brand says. 'We will definitely take suggestions from audience members - a couple might even end up on stage with us!'

Brand adds the improv show will include games, including New Choice, played by two people acting out a scene.

'Throughout the scene, the host can say 'new choice,' and the person who just made a decision in the scene needs to change it,' she says. 'If the person said, 'I like the color red,' and 'new choice' is called, the person could then say 'I hate the color red.' The host can say new choice as many times as they wish.'

Another game called '186 (insert word) walk into a bar' involves puns, she says.

'The number of players varies, but is usually four to five,' she adds. 'It starts with the players getting suggestions from the audience, one at a time … The player who got the suggestion then tells the world's 'best' pun.'

She illustrates how it might work: 'One hundred eighty-six chickens walk into a bar. The bartender says, 'We don't serve your type here.' The 186 chickens then reply 'That really ruffles my feathers!' '

The other players are then invited to tell other 'punny jokes,' she says.

On the spot

Brand says improv is usually both funny and challenging.

'It involves a lot of thinking on your feet and team work,' she says. 'Especially because you're working