Comedy goes unscripted at the Heritage Grill (with audio)
April 12, 2011 by Miranda Gathercole
A new improv group has taken hold of the Heritage Gill, bringing a mix of laughs and occasional head-shaking to New Westminster on Wednesday nights.
Unscripted Chaos is a group of six acting students looking for a real-life setting where they can practice their classroom skills.
Rachelle Tomm, a Kwantlen student and the youngest member of the group, said being able to interact with a live audience is a rewarding experience that just can’t be matched.
“It’s a lot of fun. And when you get a larger crowd out, you just feed off the audience. The audience just works off each other. You get good laughs,” she said.
“And when an audience laughs at a time when you didn’t expect it and you can crack up the actors and get them to start laughing, oh that is golden, golden.”
The group starts the evening with a series of games, which provide rules for each scene. The audience is involved in each skit, and will chose the characters settings, occupations, personalities, themes and so on. Once these key elements are established, the actors make the rest up on the spot.
After a break, the final half of the show usually consists of a longer piece that lasts about 25 minutes.
So far, the audiences of their shows have been locally based, with many hearing about the show by word of mouth. But the group hopes to expand and create a rep for themselves.
“It’s exciting, because we are the founding members of the group,” said Tomm.
“It’s not like we had to audition to get in, so we’re growing with it. We’re learning what not to do some nights and what games worked and what games didn’t, because we don’t have any prior experience or older expertise on it. It’s all new to us.”
She says looking a year from now, anything could be possible.
“Maybe we will be well-known like Laugh Lines, or Granville type shows” she said.
Unscripted Chaos performs every Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Heritage Grill, 447 Columbia St. in New Westminster.
For more information, visit their Facebook group.
Rachelle Tomm, Jessie Crabbe, Tracy Schut, Andrew Job, Luke Johnson and Blake Cuthbertson talk about their experiences so far as members of Unscripted Chaos.
Andrew Job and Blake Cuthbertson perform a skit.