September 26, 2008

Expect the Unexpected at Improv Show

By Sonya Padgett



John Kinde doesn't know what will happen when the Las Vegas Improvisational Players take to the stage tonight .

There's no script to follow. No rules, either. Anything goes so long as it's family-friendly. There is a mission, however: to have fun.

About a dozen members of the local improv group are scheduled to perform at 7 tonight at the Grace Valley Church, 1370 E. Robindale Ave.. They aren't professional entertainers, simply an eclectic group of people who want to tell stories and make people laugh, says Kinde, who founded the group in 2001. Most of them want to improve their public speaking skills, he explains.

If you've seen "Whose Line is it Anyway?" you know what to expect. Audience members shout out suggestions for a scene and the performers do the rest. They have a keyboard player for those moments when someone wants to make up a song.

"Nothing is prepared, it's all made up on the spot," says Kinde, a motivational speaker. "You run with suggestions and make it up as you go."

It's difficult to describe something that isn't planned but Kinde says whatever they're doing must be entertaining. Crowds at past shows have ranged anywhere from 30 to 100 people. The group is not affiliated with the church; that is simply the venue, he adds.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8.

Contact reporter Sonya Padgett at [email protected] or 702-380-4564.

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