This improv game is in the following improv game categories:
Pronounce as `Maestro`. Comparable to Gorilla Theatre
, but a bit easier,
and can be played with a fairly large number of players (
up to 20), and
The names of all players are on a big score board. The directors choose for
every game the appropriate number of players, perhaps by fishing name tags
out of a hat. The directors explain the improv game to be played, perhaps ask the audience for
suggestions, direct and correct the scene.
After each scene or game the audience decides, by cheering or applause how many
points the scene should be awarded. Each player gets as many points as
the scene he or she played in was awarded.
Once everyone has played in a scene, the players with the lowest score drop
off, and the whole thing starts again. The directors ensure that (certainly
with large groups of players) that there are more group-games at the
start of the evening, and more 2-person scenes or even monologues toward
the end of the evening.
This is a fun format that can be played with mixed bunches of experienced
experienced players. Since players are immediately judged, it
is perfectly possible to pitch a start player after the first round.
Since this system is basically somewhat unfair, and everybody knows this,
no one should take elimination too personal (well, that`s the idea anyway).
For beginners it`s a nice format, as the directors will correct obvious
blunders. And since all players in a scene get the same score, this format
limits competition between players in a scene.
The (copyrighted) format is attributed to Keith Johnstone
, and also described in his book Impro for Storytellers