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About

Operation: Show! is a weekly improv comedy “competition” (we don’t really keep track of the “score”) between different schools, held every fall and spring at ComedyCity. It’s produced by Seriously Playful, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization created to teach improvisation to Kansas City Metro area high school students.

Start or join a team from your school, 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.

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 Operation: Show! a weekly competition to the death between students from different schools, every fall and spring. In 2015, Seriously Playful starts the soon to be world renowned summer program, Operation: Playcation!

  2. Question: What is Operation: Show?

    Answer:

    Operation: Show! is an improv comedy “competition” between KC 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 dance like trained monkeys perform in matches for family, friends and fans. Operation: Show! starts a new season every spring and fall; seasons run about 12 weeks, and each team plays three matches. It’s free to students participating on a team, and tickets to the matches are $5. (We give 20% of profits back to your school.)

  3. Question: What is this Operation: Playcation?

    Answer:

    Operation: Playcation! is our brand spankin’ new summer program, featuring workshops taught by our coaches and shows where our students can show off their new leveled up skills. The workshops range from honing basic improv skills to exploring long form improv. (OOOO! AHHH!) Participation is free for any student registered for the prior Spring or following Fall season. Tickets to the shows are $5.

  4. 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 [link to season] to see what’s coming up. Tickets are available at the door, and we take cash or credit cards.

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

    Answer:

    Cool beans. Ask them what they want to do. They can donate money. [donate link] Or if they want to help with shows, like bringing treats for the players, or helping out behind the scenes, we can find something for them to do—just email info@operationshow.org.

  6. Question: How do I get my high school involved?

    Answer:

    Easy. Faculty members can sign up your team by filling out our form. Team members must be enrolled at your school during the semesters they participate. Only one team per school is allowed. If you’re a student from a school without a team, find a faculty member to sponsor you (try starting with theater or forensics) and ask them to fill out our form above.

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

    Answer:

    Simple: Are you a current high school student in a KC area school? Has your team been approved by a faculty sponsor? Then you’re golden. Once your school sponsor has set up your team, you can sign up thru the form above.

  8. 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.

  9. Question: Other Questions?

    Answer:

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

Operation: Show! Alums

  • Kiwi
    Kiwi
  • Jayden
    Jayden
  • Jacob
    Jacob
  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
  • Arlo
    Arlo
  • Reese
    Reese
  • Evan
    Evan
  • Reina
    Reina
  • Joshua
    Joshua
  • Corbin
    Corbin
  • Lawson
    Lawson
  • Vince
    Vince
  • alyssa
    alyssa
  • Ryan
    Ryan
  • Ali
    Ali
  • Berit
    Berit
  • Emma
    Emma
  • Brandon
    Brandon
  • Jaden
    Jaden
  • Sami
    Sami
  • Taylor
    Taylor
  • Jackson
    Jackson
  • Eli
    Eli
  • Gabbi
    Gabbi
  • Isaac
    Isaac
  • Logan
    Logan
  • Liam
    Liam
  • Jon
    Jon
  • Maggie
    Maggie
  • Asher
    Asher
  • Kitana
    Kitana
  • Marcus
    Marcus
  • Alyssa
    Alyssa
  • Jedidiah
    Jedidiah
  • Gressi
    Gressi
  • Nick
    Nick
  • Aaron
    Aaron
  • Isaac
    Isaac
  • Liam
    Liam
  • Lucas
    Lucas
  • Daniel
    Daniel
  • Josiah
    Josiah
  • Jon
    Jon
  • Emma
    Emma
  • Gressi
    Gressi
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    Thomas
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    Joe
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    Ciaran
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    Corey
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    Gina
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    Brenna
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    Tara
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    Hayley
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    Macy
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    Gabe
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    Emily
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    Allie
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    Ben
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    Will
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    Kayla
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    Drew
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    connor
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    Hayley
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    Henry
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    Riley
  • Maxxx
     Maxxx
  • Kiwi
    Kiwi
  • Cara
    Cara
  • Aleks
    Aleks
  • Ellisa
    Ellisa
  • Rita
    Rita
  • Connor
    Connor
  • Jedidiah
    Jedidiah
  • Matt
    Matt
  • Jackson
    Jackson
  • Alex
    Alex
  • Corey
    Corey
  • Max
    Max
  • Libby
    Libby
  • Audrey
    Audrey
  • Trey
    Trey
  • Kolton
    Kolton
  • Sami
    Sami
  • Janelle
    Janelle
  • Glory (Jess)
    Glory (Jess)
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    Sophia
  • Coeure
    Coeure
  • Caroline
    Caroline
  • Sierra
    Sierra
  • Ashlyn
    Ashlyn
  • Zander
    Zander
  • John
    John
  • Veronica
    Veronica

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