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Improv Game: "Surprise Guests"

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This improv game can be used as a light-hearted drama exercise or a theatrical party activity.

Set Up:
One person volunteers to play "Host." The Host leaves the room. Three performers serve as the "Surprise Guests." Each one asks the audience, "Who am I?" Remember, as with any improv game, encourage the audience to generate creative suggestions; the more outlandish the better!

Surprise Guest Examples:
Guest #1: An Astronaut with a Severe Fear of Heights

Guest #2: An over-worked Elf from Santa's Toy Shop

Guest #3: A Drunken Martha Stewart

The Rules:
Once the Guests have been established, the Host returns and the improv game begins.

First, the Host pantomimes getting ready for the party, then Guest #1 "knocks" on the door. The Host lets him/her inside and they begin to interact. A new Guest will arrive in about sixty seconds, so that in a very quick amount of time the Host will be interacting with three different "guest characters."

The Host wants to figure out the identity of each Guest. However, this isn't just a guessing game. The Guests should offer discreet clues that become more and more obvious as the improv game continues. The main point of the activity is to generate humor and to develop quirky, unusual characters.

Have fun! And remember, this and any other explanation of an improv game is just a blue print. Feel free to add your own style to make it work best for your drama classroom, theater troupe, or improv party.

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