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Recap: Black Dirt Improv performs at Hastings Arts Center

The group performed in front of over 50 people during the 9 p.m. showing Friday night. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 7
Thomas Sorenson (left) has been doing improv since high school. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
The Black Dirt Improv troupe performs at the Hastings Arts Center the first Friday of every month through April. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 7
It didn't take long for the audience to warm up and the laughs to start rolling. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 7
The show attracted guests of all ages during the deep freeze of January. The skit "three things" drew some of the loudest laughs. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
For their last skit of the night, the group brought up audience-member Michelle Braun to play the part of a complaining restaurant guest. The performers responded as waiters/waitresses. Alec Hamilton / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
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The Black Dirt Improv troupe performed Friday, Jan. 5, at the Hastings Arts Center in front of anyone willing to brave the freezing cold. There were two showings at 7 and 9 p.m. — the latter attracting about 50 people.

The troupe brought eight of their performers, led by emcee Joren Skov, and performed a variety of skits and bits in general improv format, similar to the hit show hosted by Drew Carey "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Some of the segments were "word thief," where two performers were given a topic to improvise in conversation. Cast members could pause the dialogue and take the spot of one of the two performers at any time if they liked where the dialogue was headed.

Then there was "half-life," where a trio performed an improvised skit in a certain amount of time, and then they had to perform the same skit over again but in half the time, and then half that time again, and so on.

The hour-and-a-half performance ended by bringing up audience-member Michelle Braun to play the part of a complaining customer who had a randomly-chosen object in their soup. The performers would then play the role of the waiter/waitress responding the the complaint.

Black Dirt Improv performs at the Hastings Arts Center the first Friday of every month. There are two showings each night at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. The Hastings Arts Center is located at 216 Fourth St. E., Hastings.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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