Exhibitions Come to Life in A Night at the Museum

Nicole Barragan '19

To end Drama Lab’s year off strong, the Improv team gave us A Night at the Museum. Unlike Drama Lab’s fall and spring shows, the Improv show has no lines and no memorization. Each performance is brand new and everything is made up on the spot by the performers, with some help from the suggestions given by the audience.

For the first half of the show, all of the performers play various improv games, such as Blindslides, Interrogation, and Radio, and take suggestions from the audience to move them along. My personal favorite game was definitely Radio because seeing the stark contrasts between all of the different “stations” each player portrayed was hilarious.

After intermission is longform improv, where eight players pair up to perform four different scenes with different suggestions that eventually come together and connect in some way by the end. Seeing all of these seemingly unrelated and completely different scenarios come together at the very end was extremely fun, and the players truly showcased their skills by making their characters evolve and connect in just 40 minutes. Since this show was specifically themed around museums, the entire show revolved around museum activities and settings, adding an extra twist and coherence to the performances.

Having to make everything up on the spot and having no idea what will happen in every show can definitely be scary sometimes. However, Cathy Moreno ‘21, one of the Improv players, says that Improv helped everybody bond since they were “all there for each other in the scenes and outside the theater.” It was clear that all of the performers had put in so much time rehearsing with each other, and as a result there was never a dull moment in the show since everybody could easily bounce off of each other. Gio Montesano ‘20, one of the Improv co-captains and longform performers, states that during rehearsals he could see “a real synergy about when a certain character or subplot needed to be the focus and when the focus needed to shift,” and that everybody showed “solid team work” in all of their performances. Him and Angelina Herrera ‘19, the other co-captain of the improv team, sold their roles especially well as museum curators while also leading and performing with the rest of the players in all of the improv games in the first act as well as with their partners in the second act. They showed a true dedication to their team and a desire to watch them succeed and perform their best. Overall, A Night at the Museum was a hilarious show and a great time to watch, and I would recommend this show to anyone looking for a more relaxed and interactive experience with Drama Lab, students and teachers alike.