Fifth Wall Comedy Troupe to perform with BVW, BVSW comedy troupes

Taylor Yeazel, Staff Writer
March 28, 2012
Filed under Around BV, Around Town, News

Blue Valley’s “Fifth Wall”, BV West’s “Out to Lunch” and BV Southwest’s “Scallywags and Scoundrels” will perform tomorrow night, Thursday March 29, in BV’s Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Admission will be $3.
This will be the first time these three troupes have performed together for an audience.
“Improv is always about being a team and always about having fun, and we knew some of the area high schools had improv teams,” Fifth Wall member senior Alex Petersen said. “We thought why not do the show and try to get as many Blue Valley schools as we can?”
All troupes came to BV for a rehearsal last night. Fifth Wall member senior Jake Miller said it allowed for the groups to get comfortable with each other and run the games they would play.
“We haven’t seen Southwest’s troupe really at all, but West’s, obviously we saw them at Relay [for Life] last year and this year,” Miller said. “That’s kind of created a competitiveness between the two teams, and last night we kind of just brushed that all aside. It was like, we are going to join together and this is going to be a great show together — no competition.”
Petersen said the rehearsal provided a learning experience for the comedy troupes.
“You learn different kinds of ‘funny,’” he said. “Stuff that works for our team might not work for their team but you can still learn. I remember watching West the other day. They all just had such interesting characters and it kind of reminded me, we should put some more weird, different characters in there. You see the other team’s strengths and try to incorporate that into your own performance.”
Miller said the team wants to grow the improv comedy troupes throughout the school district.
“Over the past two years, [Fifth Wall] has really grown into something great and we know that the other schools have been really struggling so, not to say we want to take them on our wing, but we definitely want to help support them on their endeavor to try and get their team bigger,” he said.
Miller said, due to the number of people and teams, this is the first time a performance has been able to be organized.
“Around four years ago, Fifth Wall was kind of dead. It kind of died off but we brought it back to life, and it kind of sparked something within all the schools; and this is kind of the first time we’ve ever been able to attempt it,” he said. “We really want to grow the improv comedy troupes throughout the school district. Over the past two years, [Fifth Wall] has really grown into something great and we know that the other schools have been really struggling so, not to say we want to take them on our wing, but we definitely want to help support them on their endeavor to try and get their team bigger.”
Petersen said the diversity in each comedy troupe will distinguish this performance from others.
“[The show] is going to be different because there are different kinds of funny,” When we bring all of them together, it’s more of a well-rounded performance. We will be funny to a wider audience.”
Petersen said he hopes the show will be one of the best that they’ve had all year.
“As true with most teams, if not all, the bigger the audience, the funnier we are,” he said. “The more energy in the crowd, the better we do. If people come and support, then we will be funny.”
Miller said he thinks the performance will be fun for all involved.
“It’s always just us getting up there goofing off and everyone’s just laughing at us, he said. “I think it’s just going to be a big group of that. With all of our sports, we are all so competitive and this is just our opportunity for the schools to come together and laugh with each other.”

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