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Vancouver TheatreSports™ League

DARING AND INNOVATIVE, THEATRICALLY-INFUSED IMPROV

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DENISE JONES

Improv actors are the daredevils of the theatre world—brainstorming ideas, directing themselves, and acting in character all at once without the safety net of a predetermined script or prior rehearsal. They are playmaking on the spot, much like a jazz musician riffs on a musical theme. The results are always high-energy and entertaining.

Improv comedy falls into two basic styles—short form and long form. Both rely on audience suggestions to move the action forward, ensuring that no two performances are ever the same. Audiences at Vancouver TheatreSports League (VTSL) are treated to both varieties.

Short form can be configured as non-connected scenes or short improvised sketches. Our classic TheatreSports format features two teams of improvisers competing head-to-head, alternating scenes based on suggestions from the audience. Judges score the scenes, and the team with the most points at the end of the match reigns supreme. There is no through line in short form improv, so each scene is a standalone unit not connected to the ones before or after. It is the quick-witted, face-paced sprint race of the comedy world.

In long form improv, performers create shows that more closely resemble traditional theatre forms, such as a two-act play, in which scenes are interrelated by story, characters, or themes. Long form can also be a montage, in which the action moves back and forth through the narrative but is still connected by the one unifying theme or storyline.

VTSL is based out of our own theatre The Improv Centre, a fully licensed venue, with a bar and lounge overlooking the adjacent marina. As a patron, you have the option enjoying your beverages in the theatre.

 

ONGOING SHOWS

THEATRESPORTS™
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: W 7:30pm; F & Sat 9:30pm

OK TINDER
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: W 9:15pm

FIRECRACKER
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: Th 9:15pm

IMPROV AFTER DARK
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: F & Sat 11:15pm

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: Sun 7:30pm

FEATURE SHOWS

MONTHLY CHANGING FEATURE SHOWS
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: Th–Sat 7:30pm

CHRISTMAS QUEEN 3
November 23–December 23, 2016
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: W–Sat 7:30pm

YEAR IN REVIEW
December 26–31, 2016
Venue: The Improv Centre
Time: M–F 7:30pm, 9:15pm December 31 7:30pm, 9:30pm, 11:15pm

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