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About

Operation: Show is a weekly improv comedy performance by high school age students from all over the KC Metro. We've got shows weekends during the school year at ComedyCity, KC's longest running improv theater. It’s produced by Seriously Playful, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to teach improvisation.

This year, we're opening up teams to both high schools and non-profit organizations, like theater companies. 

Start a team from scratch, join one from your school, or just sign up on your own and get ready to play with improvisers from all over Kansas City. Every team gets a coach—a professional performer from a local comedy troupe—to teach you improv skills and games.

Oh hey. And it’s free—COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY FREE—for you to participate. Wanna play? Check the FAQ for details and then hit the SIGN UP button above. 

FALL 2018-SPRING 2019 PERMISSION FORMS

All players must bring signed copies to orientation to be eligible to play. 

Current Season

Check out our SEASON page for teams and showtimes. If your school is interested in participating, come see a show! We'll take new teams in FALL 2018, and we'd love to tell you how to get involved! Shoot us an email and we'll tell you everything you need to know. 

FAQ

  1. Question: What is Seriously Playful?

    Answer:

    Seriously Playful is a non-profit created to teach improvisation to Kansas City high school students. We produce the weekly improv comedy performance Operation: Show! as well as participate in the Kansas City Improv Festival  and sponsor occasional workshops.  

  2. Question: What is Operation: Show?

    Answer:

    Operation: Show! has a mission: Bring together high school students from all over the KC metro area to perform fast-paced, super-funny, crazy-smart improv comedy. Players can join as a team or independently, and they'll be matched with an adult coach from a professional local troupe. Every week, four teams will get together to rehearse and put on a show at ComedyCity, KC's longest-running improv theater. Operation: Show! starts a new season every spring and fall; seasons run about 12 weeks, and each team plays three matches.

    Best of all? It's ABSOLUTELY FREE for players. Tickets to see their shows are $5, all ages.

     

  3. Question: How do I know if I’m eligible to play?

    Answer:

    Simple: Are you a current high school student (9th-12th grade) in a KC area school? Will your parents sign a permission slip? Will you commit to coming to rehearsals and shows about once a month and inviting your friends and family to come watch? Then you’re in.

    Oh! And you must download both forms and bring signed copies to Orientation to participate. No stage time without signatures.

  4. Question: How do I get my high school or other organization involved?

    Answer:

    If you and a bunch of friends from your high school theater department or forensics team want to join, or if you're a group from a non-profit organization, good news! Form a team of 4-8 players and we'll donate $1 of every ticket purchased by audience members who come to see you to that group. 

    Just send your teacher, sponsor, or leader to our sponsor page for all the details. 

  5. Question: What if I don't have a team? Can I still play?

    Answer:

    OF COURSE YOU CAN.

    DO YOU WANT TO PLAY, BUT DON'T HAVE A TEAM?

    1. Can click SIGN UP and register by selecting student. Under team name, select INDIVIDUAL.

    2. When the season starts, we'll match you up with people to play with.

    DO YOU WANT TO FORM AN INDEPENDENT TEAM WITH A GROUP OF FRIENDS?

    1. Players can click SIGN UP and register by selecting student. Under team name, select INDEPENDENT TEAM.

    2. We'll get in touch with you to get your team name and member roster.

    After you've registered, keep an eye on your email account! You'll get a message from Trish@OperationShow.org with more details.

     

     

  6. Question: Why should I learn Improv?

    Answer:

    Do you want to feel comfortable standing up in front of a room of strangers and making them laugh with nothing but your wits? Do you want to get prom dates? That’s what we’ll teach you to do. When you learn improv you develop your creative thinking and problem solving. Public speaking shrinks from a dreaded fear to the highlight of your week. Your confidence goes up 3 levels at least. But perhaps most importantly: IT’S FUN.

  7. Question: Who can come watch me perform?

    Answer:

    Anyone! Our shows are all family friendly and open to the public. (Enforced by the Box of Shame should any naughty words slip out on stage. Further enforced by the Dry Cleaning Bag of Shame should those slips seem to become more intentional.) Check out our Season information to see what’s coming up. Tickets $5, all ages, available at the door, and we take cash or credit cards.

  8. Question: What if my parents want to help?

    Answer:

    Ask them what they want to do: If they want to help with shows, like bringing treats for the players, offering rides to the theater, or helping out behind the scenes, we can find something for them to do—just email info@operationshow.org. We also make it easy to donate. 

  9. Question: Other Questions?

    Answer:

    For more information or with any questions, please email us at info@operationshow.org.

Operation: Show! Alums

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