As part of an initiative to offer more creative performances on the campus of Forman School, the New York-based improvisation group Magnet Theater entertained students on Friday night October 6 at the Jake Cloobeck '16 Theater in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The performance consisted of improvisational "games" which all included input from Forman students. The first exercise was "Dr. Know-it-All" in which the four-member troupe of Magnet Theater performers responded to science-based questions from the audience with each actor saying one word of the answer until it was completed. After a few rounds, Lily Barretta '18 and Science Teacher Jillian Tokarczyk joined the group onstage and expertly added to the fun and laughs. Then, Theo McGirr '19 and Betsy Hulse '20 went up onstage and played the same game but their segment was based on the the theme of "The Irish Potato Famine" and much hilarity ensued every time Theo said, "Eat well!"
The Magnet Theater is a very large group of performers and teachers of the craft. The four actors who visited Forman were Woody Fu, Matt Shafeek, Carly Monardo, and Chrissie Gruebel, with Fu more or less acting as the master of ceremonies.
With Shafeek, Monardo, and Gruebel stepping out of the auditorium, Fu took suggestions from the crowd for lines to be used in the next piece. Fu wrote the lines down on paper and then placed the pieces of paper face down all over the stage. The other three performers returned and began an improv sketch based on the theme of "jeans" as also suggested by the audience. During the scenes, Fu would point to the floor and the actor would have to stop, pick up the nearest piece of paper and say the line. It was pretty funny and, yes "Eat well!" was one of them. The scenes evolved and included a funny segment with a genie who offered wishes that somehow managed to be about jeans.
The next performance at Forman will be on Friday October 20 and will feature Troker, a Jazz and Psychedelic band from Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
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