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Congratulations to the new committee!

The WIT Committee is selected from and elected by members at an Annual General Meeting, with other members occasionally seconded as needed.  This year because WIT’s accounts were not yet available for review when the AGM was held on June 12th, an extra ‘Special General Meeting’ will held soon (before the end of July).   However the members present decided to work through all the other business on the agenda, so, serving WIT for 2017-2018 are

 

Micetro

How Micetro Works

A quick guide for players

Micetro, pronounced as ‘Maestro’, and indeed now called Maestro in many places.

This format was devised by Keith Johnston and is administered by the International Theatresports Institute.  It was created to allow performers of mixed abilities to work together. Typically there are 10-14 players (although in a large venue some groups play with up to 20), an MC, a musician and 1 or 2 directors and a lighting improvisor.

It is a game-of-a-game, with the players pretending to the audience that they are really serious about ‘competing’ with each other (stakes are high), although everyone is working together to create a great experience for the audience.  However, the feedback from the audience – who judge each scene – is quite real, an instant judgement on each scene.

In some shows the players are called by numbers, wearing big bold numbers on their clothes so the audience can see.  The person wearing number one will typically assume the persona of the “last week” or “last season” winner (real or not).

The directors choose for every scene the appropriate number of players, usually fishing name tags or numbers out of a hat, although these may be tweaked slightly to ensure that newer players are well supported. The directors explain the improv game to be played, may ask the audience for suggestions, direct and correct the scene.  Depending on the venue, suggestions may also be collected before the show, for example if the ‘pick up lines’ game is being played.

After each scene or game the audience decides, by cheering and applause how many points the scene should be awarded, with one being for a not-so-good scene, and a five a scene that made them laugh and cry.  Each player gets as many points as the scene he or she played in was awarded, although the MC may give or deduct extra points for good or ‘bad’ player behavior.  Note the “Last Name” rule.  If a director *really* wants you to stop the mischief, they will use your last name.   So, “Billy, it’s time to leave the stage” means “Billy, carry on”, while “Smithers, time to leave the stage” means really go now this has gone on too long.

Also, *be happy* if your scene is awarded a one or two, your audience have judged you correctly!  The evening will be much more interesting than if every scene is given a three.   Also, this is not a fair competition. Because it is not a competition.

Once everyone has played in a scene (or more often two or three), the players with the lowest score take a bow and leave, happily and gracefully, and the whole thing starts again.  Usually there are about five rounds in a one hour show. The directors generally ensure that that there are more group-games at the start of the evening, and more 2-person scenes or even monologues toward the end of the evening.

This is a fun format designed to be played with mixed bunches of experienced and not-so-experienced players, with challenges for all. Since players are immediately judged, it is perfectly possible to loose a star player near the start.  Being eliminated doesn’t mean someone is out of the show: there will be opportunities to leap back on stage when there’s a need for a forest in the background, or a backing chorus for a rousing song.

In the end there will be one player acclaimed Micetro: this is the signal for all the players to return to the stage and admire the winner.

Typical games you might expect to see in a WIT Micetro

Freeze tag as a group game at the beginning
Word at a time story
Speak in one voice
Epic poem or Arty Poem
Experts – either Arms Experts or with an interpreter
Musical rollercoaster, or emotional rollercoaster
Numbers of words (speaking in sentences the length controlled by the director)
Touch to talk
Pickup Lines
Song, sonnet sermon
Rhyming Couplet scene
Opera or Gibberish Opera
Foreign Film
Death in a Minute
Scene ending in I love you
Songs on a topic of the audiences choosing (typically folk or rock ballads)
Open scenes, with an initial situation or issue suggested by the audience

If you find yourself up for a game you don’t recognise, in a clear voice ask the Director to explain it for the audience.

[adapted from The Improv Encyclopedia itself sourced from the original source of all things Micetro, Keith Johnstone’s Impro for Storytellers]

Resources (or just make your own, these are just one guide) :
MC Sheet : Micetro Score Sheet_revised
Directors’ Notes : Micetrodirectorsheet

Term 2 Classes Starting May 10th

Wiremu Tuhiwai will be leading the Joy of Improv (for any level of experence) and Ali Little Improv The Next Step (for people with a basic grounding in improv).  Both are running Thursday nights May 10th to June 28th from 7.30 to 9.30pm.  The Next Step group will also be putting on a graduation show on Thursday July 5th.

The classes are run in association with the Wellington Community Education Centre, which operates a delicious smorgasbord of Adult Education at various community venues, including many (like these) at the Wellington High School in Taranaki St, Mt Cook.

There are still a limited number of places left in both, so maybe it’s not too late to warm up the dark nights of winter with a whole bunch of laughter.

happy new improvisors

 

Tuesday Workouts in June 2018

The Tuesday Workout is WIT’s regular training session if you’ve graduated from a WIT introductory course or have equivalent training and improv experience with another troupe.   In 2018 these are generally being run as koha – pay what you can, but don’t fret if you can’t.

We are usually in the Library Mezzanine Meeting Room, but sometimes in other spaces, if the Council need the space for one of their meetings.

June 5th Wellington Central Library, Mezzanine Room 6pm  Wiremu
June 12th Wellington Central Library, Mezzanine Room 6pm no training, it’s our AGM!
June 19th Wellington Central Library, Mezzanine Room 6pm  Ali
June 26th Wellington Central Library, Mezzanine Room 6pm  

If you’d like to keep up with WIT’s training plans sign up to our Newsletter and you’ll know all the things!   If you have a quick question, a message to our Facebook page is often the quickest way to get in touch, or contact us through this handy form.

Read more about our training.

Note: If you are new to improv, Level 1 The Joy of Improvisation, runs through the Wellington Community Education Centre 4 times a year.

 

 

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Late Night Puppets

The first season ran 6.30pm from Wednesday 28th February to Saturday 3rd of March, part of the 2018 New Zealand Fringe Festival

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Experience scandal and excitement in this sure-to-be-a-strange-sensation improvised reality show. Join crack puppeteers and cracked puppets as they combine in a never before seen melange of human and inhuman and inhumane endeavours. And discover the soulful stories that lie behind the laughter. Or, the laughable lies that lie behind the soulful stories.

May get a little bit rude and sweary (puppets are like that), but never in a mean way. Suitable for adults and ruder children.

Follow the fun on our felt and fur Facebook event page

 

 

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Return of the Attack of the Killer B-Movie

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a heaped helping of cheesy retro cinema goodness, this should put a grin on your face ”   Review of WIT’s Attack of the Killer B-Movie! During the 2016 Fringe

Hilarious titles. Ridiculous Monsters. All improvised.

WIT brings you an improvised show following the classic elements of B-Movies. Join our unsuspecting cast, as a series of unfortunate events lead them to a horrifying discovery… who will survive? Who will find love? And why is the phone always dead when you need to call for help?!

The story will be shaped by suggested movie titles given to the cast by the audience – see what we create for you!

For 2018, WE’RE BACK, in the Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre from April 7th, and every fortnight from then until further notice.  So, see you on (mostly) Saturday nights at (mostly) 8.30pm

Saturday 17 November – Scruffy Bunny, 8.30pm
Saturday 1st December – Scruffy Bunny, 8.30pm

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED (but these will prob be the last this year!!)

Tickets to the regular Saturday shows available from Eventfinda or just rock up for Doorsales  $10

Visit our Facebook Event Page for the latest details, show photos, cast gossip and the rest.

cast and crew

 

Micetro cast

Micetro at the Scruffy Bunny – December 13th 2018

Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro is back for another bite of the cheese.

A crew of eager improvisers will again battle head to head using wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and risking everything for an the love of the audience.  A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers and everyone in between will play their hearts out to decide who gets eliminated and who survives to be crowned ‘Micetro’.

Price:
Koha, with a hat passed around at the end

When:
Wednesday December13th, 7pm–8pm

Where:
The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre, Ground Floor Reading Centre (where the Post Office used to be), Courtney Place, Wellington

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page

 

New place to play in Wellington!

Did you know Wellington now has it’s own actual Improv Theatre?!   Of course we still love BATS and The Fringe Bar and all the other great spaces about Welly where improv happens, but an actual improv theatre!!   WIT wishes Richard all the best as he gets The Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre up and running (in the ground floor of the Reading Centre, 100 Courtney Place), and we look forward to WIT’s being among the brilliant and daring  bunch of shows that’ll be happening there.

Scruffy Bunny Improv Theatre

Short form fun show

Micetro at the Fringe Bar – November 30th

Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro is back for another bite of the cheese.

A crew of eager improvisers will again battle head to head using wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and risking everything for an the love of the audience.  A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers and everyone in between will play their hearts out to decide who gets eliminated and who survives to be crowned ‘Micetro’.

Price:
Koha, with a hat passed around at the end

When:
Thursday November 30th, 7pm–8pm

Where:
The Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

Websites:
WIT Event Facebook Page