Club gives DHS students chance to act natural
Don’t say no.
That’s the most important rule in improvisation, as students at De Soto High School have learned.
The Improv. Club, the result of senior Clinton Kyle’s love for spontaneous acting and creativity began this fall.
The club meets Friday afternoon for about 30 minutes during seminar.
Comprised of games and activities, similar to those one would see on shows like “Whose Line is it Anyway,” the club allows students the chance to experience the natural side of drama.
“Improv is what comes natural to you,” Kyle said. “When someone is in a play and they forget their lines, they pause. In improve you just keep going.”
The idea for an improv group came to Kyle last year. He took the idea to his fellow thespians but they “moaned and groaned” about the idea, he said.
At the beginning of second quarter this fall, the school began to allow early release for students who received good grades and stayed out of trouble, said Bryan Hileman, drama teacher and club sponsor.
Students who don’t receive early release can attend clubs. With the time, Kyle jumped at the opportunity to begin the improvisation club.
“I always liked improv,” Kyle said. “During advanced acting we did a few drills and I just loved coming up with things at the spur of the moment and being creative.”
Hileman said the club was a way for students that weren’t involved with drama or shows to get a taste of acting. The club has also acted as a recruiting tool.
“Two or three students have come to the club because they want to try something new,” Hileman said. “They then went on to audition for a show or joined forensics.”
Kyle was surprised at the number of students who have shown an interest in the club.
“I was surprised by the number of students that showed up,” Kyle said. “I didn’t think it would be that popular. I thought it would be more advanced drama students but there are a lot of newcomers too.”
Kyle is optimistic that other club members will keep the improv going after he graduates in the spring.
“We started small,” Kyle said. “I hope it goes to greater lengths.”