In spite of much snow and slippery roads a good crowd turned up to participate in the telling & playing-back of stories. What a night! So much fun!
We started the evening with doing a Fluid Sculpture on the tHeme of SNOW – of course. 11 year old Austin, sitting in the back of his parents car, was keen to help push, when they got stuck (in the snow..), but he was told to stay put. How does that make an 11 year old boy feel? Austin didn’t say, but from his body language we knew, and we played it back.
Next we did a chorus on 3 (very) short stories told, combining the stories into 1 on-going piece.
Marcia, the conductor, asked for conflict situations, and the first conflict presented was about the butter-float and where it lives: in the fridge, or outside the fridge. Austin told us about his school-work at home (or home work given by school) which he hates doing, along with millions of his peers. However, once the work is done, and good grades come his way, the bad feeling turns into a good feeling. An excellent short story suitable for a carrousel (short form).
Ray volunteered to tell a story for which he was invited to the tellers chair. The story was about a potential hold-up in the restaurant he ran (some years ago), in the middle of the night. The police had been in, when everything was quiet; they were’n going to be dropping in any time soon, when these 2 very unsavory characters turned up. Ray had to think fast, think on his feet, how to avoid being robbed at gun-point. He decided to imitate the sound of 2 guards dogs, in the kitchen, loud enough for the 2 (would be) robbers to hear, and to be intimidated. They disappeared as fast as they could. Sarah, Cathy and Billy had a great time playing the story back.
Jen told us a unique story about Aliens coming to visit her when she was 10. Great story, and what fun playing it back.
Beth told us a story about a hold-up that she and a couple of friends got mixed up in. They were driving their car, when suddenly they found themselves in the line of fire with a number of Police Officers pointing their guns at them. They were ready to confront some criminal, and just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Beth actually quite enjoyed the adventure of it all, until she realised she had to go to the bath-room, but wasn’t allowed to enter the building. In the end it all worked out OK. Great story for playing back.
Our dear customer Bill told us an elaborate story from his youth, when he took a short-cut in the middle of the night, walking across an airfield and suddenly finding himself in fear of his life with aircraft flying overhead, dogs chasing after him, fences to be climbed and military secrets to be discovered (like the U-2 secret aircraft that was stored in an under-ground bunker that Bill stumbled upon…). An adventure story in the league of Indiana Jones, and the team had a blast playing it all back.
Last story of the night was told by Ann about a lion cub in a zoo in South Africa that became a little too playful and began to attack Ann, at a time when Ann was still quite young. The young lion was so overpowering that Ann fell to the ground and began to fear for her life. In the end the zoo keeper kicked the lion of Ann…
The Playback team finished the evening with high-light, while the audience was also given a chance to call out their favorite moments of the evening. Everybody went home satisfied with some unique stories and great Playback Improv! Next Playback Improv night is Saturday evening March 1st.