Questions That Are Frequently Asked!
"What is it exactly that you do?"
We improvise! We take audience suggestions and using them to create everything from monologues to scenes to mini-plays on the spot, all of which are hilarious.
"Do you ever reuse material?"
Nope! Even from practice we'll NEVER reuse a scene. Making it up on the fly leads to better scenes, and a better experience for the audience. Also that means that every one of our shows, even the ones on the same weekend, are totally, 100% different, new material.
"Then how can you possibly practice?"
We practice doing scenes (with our own suggestions) and do exercises (yes there are improv exercises). The point of practice is not to gain a repertoire of jokes, but to get used to performing with the other members and to learn how to build a hilarious scene.
"Wait... so... are you an A Cappella group?"
No! Please stop asking.
"But you sing, right?"
"Well then, heheh, do you whistle?"
No. Long story, we won't bore you.
"Should I come to a show?"
ABSOFRIGGINLUTELY. There's nothing quite like watching scenes being written and performed on the spot in front of you. Come, you'll have an absolute blast.
"I'm in! Where can I get tickets?"
If you know a shrimp member or see us advertising around campus, buy tickets in person. Our tickets are usually available in the Willard Straight Box Office as well (only open on week days). Emailing us at email@example.com will reserve you tickets. And in an interesting new turn of events you can purchase your ticket ONLINE! You can also get tickets at the door before a show, but if it's already sold out you might not get a seat. Get or reserve your tickets in advance! Follow us on Instagram @whistlingshrimp for a chance to win free tickets!
"That show was AWESOME, how do I know when the next one is?"
The best thing to do is join our list-serv (email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add you). You'll get updates about shows and performances, and we promise not to send more than a couple emails a semester. We're not jerks. Also, keep an eye out for posters, pamphlets and the occasional shrimp running around in a maroon shirt. These usually herald an upcoming show.
"I was disappointed that there was no A Cappella at your show."
That is not a question.
"When are auditions?"
We hold auditions every September. Look for us at the beginning of the Fall semester!
"Should I try out?"
Yes! Auditions are fun, as well as stress and judgment free. Also, we usually take an even split of people with and without previous experience, so don't feel like you need to know what you're doing to try out.
"How many new members do you take?"
It varies every year. We don't have a maximum number; if we love five people who try out, we'll take them all. The number has typically ranged from two to five, with everything in between.
"Seriously though, you're an A Cappella group aren't you?"