Hilarious hijinks that utilize improv techniques to
develop cooperation and acceptance of others.
In this fun and high energy event, teams learn specific skills for collaboration and brainstorming with their teammates, and then put those skills to use to create an improv show. Teams practice a few improv techniques as taught by our staff, then they spend some time designing their show together. But when the “curtain” goes up, the “audience” will change the rules as the show proceeds, so quick- thinking and cooperation are essential. As outrageous as this event is, the content is very applicable to student life.
Agenda & Activities
Welcome & Warm-Ups (5-10 minutes) Atlanta Challenge staff greet the participants and briefly explain the flow of the program. We then lead some fun warm-up activities that get the group moving and ready to fully participate.
Intro to Improv (30 minutes) In this short session, participants learn some of the basic foundations of improvisation. By understanding these few simple steps, they are better able to develop their scenes for the grand finale, and develop a game plan for better brainstorming and collaboration with other students.
Optional: Collaboration Module (20 minutes) Teams learn a simple but effective process for brainstorming and collaboration. With these tools in hand, the group breaks into sub-teams that get creative about handling specific issues they face.
Brainstorm Module (30-60 minutes) Small teams come up with a list of specific situations they face in school. The team then brainstorms a variety of solutions to these challenges using the whole-brain format to ensure a wide variety of options to implement.
Team Up! (5 minutes) We lead a get-to-know-you activity that also randomly creates small teams for the main event.
Improv Games (30-60 minutes) Teams participate in a series of fun but insightful games that build on the improv skills they learned to help develop listening, collaboration, and scene development.
- Red Ball, Sticky Ball, Scary Knife This game teach- es participants to pay close attention to the people in the group and what they are doing.
- Sit/Stand/Lay This game illustrates the importance of paying attention to other people in the group and adjusting to change.
- Conducted Story This game highlights the importance of listening to and accepting what everyone in the group says.
Team Scene Development (15-30 minutes) Teams huddle up and brainstorm their characters and scene ideas for their final presentation.
Improv Scenes (20-30 minutes) Teams take the stage one at a time and deliver their improv performances based on school situations. But the scene that their skit takes place in may suddenly change – making for some hilarious moments for everyone to enjoy. Each scene is 3-5 minutes long.
Team Review & Wrap-up Activity (5-10 minutes) The team shares their observations about how they performed, and how to apply improv lessons to specific situations they may face. We end with a fun, but thought provoking activity and a great group picture.