Looking for a fun character-based Opening for your long-form improv format?
Try a Duologue or, like The Johnsons do, try several. Here are two examples –
The embedded clip is an Organic Opening from a Harold.
In it, the group establishes a progression through three vignettes: Frat Boys, Freshman and Senior Sorority Girls
They engage the environment and make interesting stage pictures.
They leverage verbal patterns of call and response.
And they follow each other.
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A fun show from The Johnsons, highlighting their focus on emotionally engaging active endowments and their ability to support the group with patterns and games.
The Johnsons are Scott Beckett, Garret Collins, Shawn Hambright, Townsend Hart, Jon Hilowitz, Johnathan Nelson and Lauren Serpa
In this clip, The Johnsons of The Coalition Theater in Richmond, VA use a To The Ether game as their Opening. This one’s short and sweet. Following his fellow players after the suggestion of “Giraffe,” the third player references “toes” in his Cement move, following the giraffe down its body. The fourth move doesn’t follow that progression but follows the language while heightening emotion and physicality. And it’s thankfully funny enough to earn an edit so nothing has to follow it.
In this clip, The Johnsons of The Coalition Theater in Richmond, VA use a To The Ether game as their Opening. Notice that the progression of the language pattern is not consistent, but the progression of esoteric technologies through heightened engagement into mime is pretty consistent and that pattern earns them a strong laugh.
An Opening is the first piece of a long-form performance presented to the audience. Every show has one. Not every show uses one.