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Young imaginations have the chance to run wild during the Skinny Improv’s KidProv program. KSMU’s Matthew Barnes reports.
[Nats: Directed Story]
The Skinny Improv has always been a haven for the art of make believe, according to KidProv instructor Angel Salvador. For the past week, Salvador has been working with several eight to ten year old children to help them develop their imaginations and social skills by teaching them the basics of improvisation.
“Basically the essentials I taught them is don’t go for the joke. You are funny when you are not trying to be funny. And then of course the first rule of improve always agree, yes and, that’s how they get along. And then I tell them they need to listen to each other and they need to be patient so they are not talking over each other’s words,” said Salvador.
Agreeability, listening and patience are the cornerstones of improv, according to Salvador. He says they are also good skills to have in life, which is one of the reasons April Wilkie put her daughter Parker into the program.
“She’s very strong willed, opinionated and this seems like a good channel for all of that energy. And I love the characteristics that it brings out in her personality I want her to be the most well rounded child that she can be and be exposed to as many different things in the summer the that she can be when she is not tide down to a school,” said Wilkie.
According to Salvador, the outlet it gives children to explore their imagination really makes a difference.
“It gives them a sense of confidence. Some of the kids come here and they don’t talk and by the end of the week there’s ones that can’t keep their mouths shut. They are just excited and just want to keep talking the whole time. It really builds group mind and cooperation, stuff like that,” said Salvador.
The kids play different types of improv games like directed story, where a story is told by the group with each person adding only one word at a time. Nine years old Parker says her favorite game is rock, paper, anything, where two people put themselves in silly positions and tell the audience what they are supposed to be.
“You can think of two random things and put them together and make them as one," said Parker.
[Nats: Rock, Paper, Anything]
Kidprov runs at the Skinny Improv for two more weeks. For more information, visit our website, KSMU.org. For KSMU News, I’m Matthew Barnes.