Impulse Returns to the Stage this Saturday

The Impulse Comedy Troupe will be performing this Saturday at 9:00 P.M. following B Night Winterfest performances in the Kirby Arts Center (KAC).

The Impulse Comedy Troupe will be performing this Saturday at 9:00 P.M. following B Night Winterfest performances in the Kirby Arts Center (KAC). This week’s performance will feature around 15 to 18 student performers. Impulse Co-President Danica Bajaj ’21 first got involved with Impulse at the beginning of her II Form year. This year, Bajaj continues to see successes; the last Impulse show, a collaboration with the co-ed a-capella group Larries, had an audience of around 200 community members.

According to Impulse member Evelyn Dugan ’21, “I thought the last performance went really well, and we had a lot of people come watch us to relax. It was really fun because all the topics of our games are made up on the fly by the audience, so it’s really exciting to see what they want us to do.” On what she loves most about Impulse, Bajaj said, “It’s such a diverse group of people, but we can make each other laugh so hard… The chemistry is really unique and you won’t really see something like this anywhere else on campus.”

Rehearsals typically take place on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. After starting with a few warm-up games, such as “Try Not to Laugh,” students will typically run through and prepare games for the upcoming shows. At the end of each rehearsal, students end by playing the improvisational game “Park Bench,” where one actor tries to convince another actor to let them sit on the bench.

“What’s so special about Impulse is that everyone who does it genuinely wants to do it. They’re there because they want to have fun and perform, and it really shows in our rehearsals. Sometimes I can be having an extremely busy day, but as soon as I get to Impulse rehearsals, all of that goes away because it’s such a stress-free environment,” Dugan said.

According to Bajaj, “Rehearsing for Impulse can be hard because there’s no script for improvisational comedy and you don’t get to see this perfect improvement after each rehearsal. There can be some really great days followed by an off-day in the next rehearsal, but we always make it work in the end.” Each show features six improvisational games with a different combination of actors for each game. While the first game and last game stay consistent throughout shows, the games in between will rotate. The upcoming show will feature two games that have never been performed before, “Co-worker” and “The Dating Game,” and Bajaj hopes that the School community will come support Impulse at their upcoming show this weekend.

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