Austin Chronicle: Be Prepared: The secret to improv’s split-second successes is in years of training

To see these six people performing this musical number together about the importance of being prepared at school – singing in harmony, stepping in time – you’d swear they rehearsed the number beforehand, perhaps even took its lyrics from a script. But they didn’t. When members of the Austin improv troupe Girls Girls Girls took the stage of the Hideout Theatre on Friday, Aug. 12, they began performing an original musical as they have for more than eight years: without any set characters, dialogue, music, or plot, and no idea where their story would go. They were flying blind. Read more…

About Shana Merlin

Merlin Works is the brainchild of Shana Merlin: improviser, teacher, and performer. Since 1996, she’s been leading classes that stretch people’s imaginations, push them out of their comfort zones, and make them laugh out loud for hours at a time.

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