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Friday, October 21, 2016

Sandy Springs Toastmaster 10-20-16 Meeting Recap

After our Sergeant At Arms, Bud Otto, opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and turned it over to President, Alan Magee, who made a few announcements, the Toastmaster, Anastasia Pass, introduced her daughter, Aubrey Sears, who conducted the Improv Workshop.  Aubrey worked in improv for three years at four different theaters in the Atlanta area including Whole World, Village Theater, Relapse and with Groupmind Media in Roswell.  Aubrey first explained some of the key points of improvisation including the key elements of a scene.  The key points were to Keep an Open Mind; Start in the Middle; Show Don't Tell; Play with Patterns; Keep Action in the Present and Silence is Not a Bad Thing.  Next, the group worked through five Improv exercises for energy-building, group awareness, body awareness, focus, listening, trust and concentration.  Following the warm-ups, we then moved into more improvisation work with specific scene-driven games.  After a quick coffee and donut break, compliments of Reza Shah, two members at a time worked together in challenge rounds and individual rounds.  The exercises and games that we performed were Eights; Zip-Zap-Zop; 1-20; Clap Pass; Ali Baba & the Forty Thieves, Repeat-And and Questions.  Alan Magee, on behalf of all the members, presented Aubrey with a certificate of appreciation and a little thank you gift from the Club for sharing her time and talent.  Members offered very positive feedback.  It was a fun meeting and everyone said that they would like to do it again but next time they'd love to spend even more time on improvised scene work!  

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