Operation: Show! is an improv comedy “competition” between KC metro area high schools. (OK, so really it’s more like a show about a competition, and everybody wins.) Participating schools enter a team, our professional coaches teach them how to play improv games, and they perform in matches for family, friends and fans.
Operation: Show! is a production of Seriously Playful, an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit organization created to teach improvisation to local students. Our status—and our supporters—help us provide programs to students and schools at no cost.
Seriously Playful also produces Operation: Playcation! our brand-new summer program, featuring workshops taught by our professional coaches and shows where our students can show off what they learned.
Seriously Playful is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to teach improvisation to Kansas City Metro area high school students. The organization produces Operation: Show! a weekly competition between students from different schools, every fall and spring.
My students have not only had a lot of fun, but they have improved communication skills, more confidence on, and off the stage, and an immense amount of training from professionals that will last a life time. They have met other high school kids from all over the city. They have made connections. They have made friends. The people at Comedy City have created a truly unique opportunity for our youth. They conduct themselves with great professionalism, but also truly connect with the kids.
It’s a truly amazing program that works wonders on increasing creativity, individuality, and team work. Operation: Show! Is an incredible gift to everyone that gets to be a part of it.
I’m such a believer in this program. I’ve seen kids really come out of their shells up on that stage!
I quickly came to realize that Operation: Show! provided much more than the chance for kids to come and just have fun on stage. It provided them valuable social skills, confidence in their decisions, and an outlet for them to express themselves.
I could go on and on about this group and the students. This organization gives these students a chance to learn a craft that most would not ever get exposed to. Watching the students perform from the first day of the semester, until the end of the year, I see them gain confidence, interact with positive adult role models, learn a ton about themselves and their peers, and hone a craft that could help them in nearly every aspect of adulthood.
Improvisation helps people communicate effectively, confidently. It fosters a sense of community while working together toward a common goal. Improvisation teaches that learning new things can be fun and pushing the limits of creativity is a good thing. It teaches that supporting people and ideas is the key to success.
These students, will fast become adults who think on their feet, solve problems and support new ideas. Isn't that what we want for our future generations?
Improv encourages creativity and collaboration, teaches problem-solving, and gives high school students real world experience on running a show alongside professionals. It's kind of magic. My favorite part of this organization is seeing these kids grow in confidence and ability as each season progresses. That-- and watching rival teams cheer each other on. These kids are so smart, funny, weird, and kind.