Channels
× Select City
×
×
×
News

Off Key: An Improvised Musical at The Cultch

D8d194f40cb13417f79d4d8daee34fdb?s=96&d=mm&r=g
DH Vancouver Staff May 20, 2014 7:15 am

Eight improvisers, four musicians, and four lighting technicians working together to showcase a musical created on the spot – what could possibly go wrong? Off Key: An Improvised Musical debuted Wednesday at Upintheair Theatre’s rEvolver Theatre Festival, unleashing an hour’s worth of song, drama, and synchronized dance moves on the crowd at East Vancouver’s The Cultch.

The format, as is common in improv, starts with a suggestion. “We begin the show by asking the audience for a title,” says Jennifer Pielak, founder, Artistic Director and cast member of Off Key Improv, “and then ride that train wherever it takes us.” That’s always a risky departure, but the cast of improviser kept things mostly on the rails opening night.

OffKey1

Pastel-clad and totally adorable, the cast journeyed through dramatic dialogue, slow songs, fast songs, spotlights and cymbal hits. Wednesday’s story revolved around the Wit-Waddler, a dictator with a silly walk and his decision to outlaw everything funny. The characters and narrative were skillfully woven, but the theme of persecuting laughter felt a bit like the joyous part was missing. Almost like if The Sound of Music was edited down to only the Nazi part. Luckily it’s improv, and entirely new story comes together with each performance.

It’s a talented gang of performers, musicians, and lighting pros having fun and singing their little hearts out, so it’s worth a witness. Check out Off Key Improv at their next Vancouver performance.

Off Key Improv

Second Storey Theatre
201-2550 Shaughnessy Street, Vancouver

Next Showtime:
Sat June 14 @ 10pm

Dh newsletter logo

Get direct access to our top weekly content, contests, and perks.


D8d194f40cb13417f79d4d8daee34fdb?s=96&d=mm&r=g
DH Vancouver Staff
Daily Hive is the evolution of Vancity Buzz, established in Vancouver in 2008. In 2016, the publication rebranded and opened newsrooms in Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. Send story tips to [email protected]
© 2018 Buzz Connected Media Inc.