Photo by Julia Kelley

After canceling their January show, the Otterbein improv troupe is ready to get back to performing after the delay of their spring 2022 appearance. The first show of the spring semester will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 8:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Pit Theatre. 

“We decided to cancel our January performance due to safety concerns regarding the Omicron variant,” said sophomore musical theater major Luke Maynus. “I hope this show just gets us back on track.” 

Taking time off allowed the troupe to create a theme that has not been seen before. Maynus shared the theme title they settled on, “Joey King Fights a Bear for Raw Salmon,” because they felt it represented exactly what improv is all about—on the spot and hilarious.  

“The theme is just outrageous, ridiculous and chaotic,” said junior musical theater major Dean Yurecka. “The idea of someone fighting a bear had been circulating in the troupe for a while, and Joey King was just out-of-the-box and random enough to have us laughing every time the name was said.” 


Troupe captain, Gracie Guichard, explained that the troupe's “titles never make any sense,” and have “nothing to do with 99% of the show,” which correlates with what improv portrays.   

“I think what’s special about improv is that it is completely different every time,” said junior acting major Guichard. “It is never the same twice, but that’s what I love about it.” 

The next show will be held on Saturday, March 19, at 10:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Pit Theatre.