The WIT Committee is selected from and elected by members at an Annual General Meeting, with other members occasionally seconded as needed. Serving WIT for 2017-2018 are
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), 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
Word at a time
Speak in one voice
Epic poem or Wanky Poem
Experts – either Arms Experts or Deaf Interpreter
Musical rollercoaster, or emotional rollercoaster
Numbers of words (speaking in sentences the length controlled by the director)
Touch to talk
Song, sonnet sermon
Rhyming Couplet scene
Death in a Minute
Scene ending in I love you
Songs on a topic of the audiences choosing (typically folk or rock ballads)
Beloved improv elimination competition Micetro came back for another bite of the cheese.
A crew of eager improvisers went head to head in a battle of wit, spur-of-the-moment storytelling and glorious failure. A mix of seasoned improvisers and adorable newcomers, and everything in between played their hearts out to decide who got eliminated and who survived to be crowned ‘Micetro’.
Koha, with a hat passed around at the end
Thursday June 1st, 7pm–8pm
Thursday June 8th, 7pm–8pm
Thursday June 15th, 7pm–8pm
The Fringe Bar, 26-32 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington
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Vinny Francois, StoryCrafting, 18th and 19th of March 2017
Vinny has over 20 years of experience as a professional improviser. A founding director of the Montreal Improv Theatre, he has performed in more shows and venues across Canada than he cares to count. Read his complete bio or watch Vinny in action.
Both days will be on storycrafting and yes you can sign up for just one day. The times will be between 10am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.
Storycrafting (narrative improv) (Intermediate/Advanced)
How do stories work? Learn how to weave a tale out of thin air whether it’s two minutes long or a whole hour. Start strong scenes, build the tension as the story evolves and finish it up on a high. Audiences LOVE being taken on a journey. This workshop teaches the structures, ideas and basics of narrative improv as it applies to individual scenes or improvised plays.
– go to www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/vinny-francois-storycrafting-18th-and-19th-of-march-tickets-32382180975
– Click on the button “SELECT A DATE” and choose “Sat, 18th Mar (10:00am)”.
– Once the date is selected click on the button “TICKETS”.
– You will now have the option to select one or both days.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wellington Improvisation Troupe was delighted to present Wade Jackson’s compelling format Ferris Wheel. Each night, enjoy unique stories were wound together on the ride that changed everything. Love won and lost, fortunes and futures made or broken. Some stories were just beginning. Others turn to an unlooked-for end.
Lives were spun!
Price: Koha, with a hat passed around at the end, but if you have nothing spare to put in it that’s okay, we’d still like you to come enjoy our show.
Fri 10 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sat 11 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Sun 12 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Mon 13 Feb 2017, 6:30pm–7:30pm
Where:The Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington
So, get out and enjoy Wellington’s lively live theatre and comedy scene. In comparison that flickering screen in the corner of your lounge is, well, quite flat.
The Tuesday Workout is WIT’s standard session for members and usually means you’ve graduated from at least a level two class or have equivalent improv experience. There is a season pass for all 8 sessions (which is cheaper) or drop-in with cash ($15) on the nights you can make it.
Next block of sessions is Tuesdays from 18 October to 6 December (with a break on November 1st), BATS Studio (1 Kent Terrace, Wellington), 7pm – 9pm.
Note: If you are new to improv, Level 1 The Joy of Improvisation, runs through the Wellington Community Education Centre 4 times a year.
WIT’s annual general meeting was held on Tuesday 26th of July, and a new committee elected with a heady mix of fresh faces and ol’ hands:
If you want to ask questions, make comments or tell us things you think WIT needs to know, get in contact!
Improv Next Step (formerly Improvisation For The Stage) runs for eight weeks two or three times a year. It is ideally suited to people who have completed WIT’s introductory course, Level 1 The Joy of Improvisation, or those with previous experience of improv. Read more about our training, or please contact us if you have any questions.
The next course will be in October, and is being run in co-operation with the Wellington Community Education Centre – Signup here!
Clare is a WIT founding member and former creative director. She’s been to drama school, Loose Moose and co-managed BATS Theatre. In 2016 she moved back to NZ after seven years in Cambridge, UK where she revived the improv community by creating and delivering a class curriculum, jam nights, shows and co-founding the Cambridge Improv Factory. She’s also played in London harold teams, learned from teachers of many different styles, created a solo and played in Bristol’s long running improvised soap opera, Closer Each Day. She’s stoked to be back in Wellington and able to use the word ‘stoked’ again. You can find her at @suriahslip or www.suriahslip.com.
Matt Powell is an accomplished improvisor with over 15 years’ experience teaching, performing, and directing improvisation. In addition to 12 years with Christchurch’s Court Jesters, Matt has taught around New Zealand and Australia, as well as by invitation at the 2015 FÉRIIR improvisation festival on Réunion Island.
In 2014, while still living in Christchurch, Matt was twice invited to teach WIT intensives on body language and direction in improv. He loved Wellington so much he moved here in 2015, and continues to create fresh and innovative improvisation, including several shows with PlayShop and, with Jennifer O’Sullivan, the award-winning 2016 Fringe show Awkward Threesome.
As a teacher, he has a particular focus on connection, collaboration, and finding joy in the moment.