The Kansas City Improv Festival, one of the longest running and most respected improv events in the country, started Thursday night with a performance by a group of Operation: Show! students. The high school players earned steady laughs and high praise from an audience full of professional improvisers.
Aleks and Veronica from Olathe South; Drew, John and Will from Olathe Northwest; and Sami from Liberty worked this summer with board member Jim Sturgill to learn Problem Solvers. The long-form improv piece, created by Jim's group Babel Fish, features the "illuminati" (the players) seeking answers to problems suggested by the audience, and then performing scenes about the new, problem-free world.
The KC Improv Festival continues through September 19. It's produced by the KC Improv Festival, and the staff includes several Operation: Show coaches.