101 Improv Games for Children and Adults: A Smart Fun Book for Ages 5 and Up

101 Improv Games for Children and Adults: A Smart Fun Book for Ages 5 and Up

by Bob Bedore


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101 Improv Games for Children and Adults: A Smart Fun Book for Ages 5 and Up by Bob Bedore

Made popular by the television show "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" improv has captured the interest of young and old alike. Like magic, improvisation is the art of appearing to create something out of nothing. What most people don't realize is that improv -- ad-libbing, or making up interactions and dramatic sketches as you go along -- is something we do in our conversations every day. Bob Bedore explains how to translate this into delightful games that encourage imagination, spontaneity and creative expression. All players need is enthusiasm and a willingness to let go and have fun. During improv, people explore and develop important skills such as listening, quick thinking, risk-taking and self-confidence -- skills that help actors and speakers, but that also bring success in the world. From building blocks for beginners to antics for the advanced, this book shows how to bring improv to all ages and experience levels. The 101 games range from easy warm-ups to basic scenes, character games, games involving teamwork and more. Helpful hints explain how to create scenes out of thin air. Popular crowd pleasers include Fairy Tale News, Blues Song and Idiot Poker. A special section on "Putting on a Show" explains how to form an improv group. Most games require no props and can be staged anywhere.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780897934244
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/10/2003
Series: SmartFun Activity Books Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 675,113
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

BOB BEDORE has been doing theater for the past 24 years, has toured as a stand-up comedian, hosted a live Saturday morning kids show, spent a dozen years as a radio disc jockey, appeared in movies, and has owned and operated several theaters. He has also written 20 plays and a few screenplays. In 1994 Bob founded an improv comedy troupe, Quick Wits. Since then he has performed with the Wits almost every show (somewhere around 2500 so far) in front of very enthusiastic crowds. He has taken improv to the classroom where he has taught all ages, from kindergarten to college. He lives in West Jordan, Utah.

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