Letters to the editor

By defaultuser
October 25, 2001

As both members of ‘On The Spot,’ Cabrini’s improvisational comedy troupe and members of the commedia company that is performing on campus and around the area this semester, we would like to clear some things up. We fear the “Commedia” article in issue 7 created some confusion and may have misled some readers.

Many schools and areas have more than one improv troupe and therefore the term can be thrown around to describe any group of individuals performing anything that involves any form of improvisation. Cabrini, however, only has one improv troupe. The troupe is often referred to by fans, faculty and the Loquitur as “the improv troupe,” not by its actual group name. This common dubbing, therefore, makes the article in question confuse some readers by leading them to believe that ‘On the Spot’ as a whole is in some way involved with the commedia company’s performances, which it is not because the commedia company is repeated to referred to as ‘the improv troupe.” The article could also lead one to believe that the commedia “improv troupe” is a more permanent entity which exists outside of this semester productions, which it does not as of yet. Although the five of us are in both the commedia company and ‘On The Spot,’ there are over 10 people who are in one or the other, but not both.

The part of the confusion that we, as members of ‘On The Spot,’ want to make most clear is that nothing our troupe does ever involves a scenario, scripting or anything other than a format and a suggestion from our audience. Commedia is an art form though which actors develop their own scenarios or work with more famous scenarios and add their own inspirations, abilities and style to their performance. No script is ever used, but the scenarios are clearly written and it is important for each actor to stay within the guidelines of the pre-established story. Improvisation comes into commedia in both the scenario writing process (if am existing scenario is not used) and most importantly, in the lines each character uses to tell the story. Commedia works because each scenario is repeated in both rehearsals and performances, so the actors get to try new lines, movements and ideas. The best material gets kept in the show for the next performances and that which did not work as well is replaced for the last time. ‘On the Spot’s’ style of improv is very different.

‘On the Spot’ repeats “games,” but never the same story. This improv troupe plays games established by and in the style of Keith Johnstone, who is widely regarded as the father of modern improvisation (commedia is ‘old school’ improv). The games always have a different inspirational suggestion, different actors, locations and storylines.

Neither of these forms of improv is better than the other and we, the members of both troupes, enjoy both and think our audience do and will enjoy themselves as well. We just want to avoid people coming to a show expecting something completely different than what they receive.

Thanks for your time,

Jessisa Snow, Kit Dewey, Brian Fry, Haven McMickle and Jana Fagotti

No offense, but the speed bumps on campus are because of most of you. I read the article and thought it was a good article. However, your point about why they should be removed- not happening. The cars on this campus move way too fast and the only reason the cars feel like they are jumping off a cliff is speed.

It’s for people who walk that we should put first. Why would anyone want to hit someone? They wouldn’t. Why did they? Moving too fast. So if you place a speed bump on campus everyone is safer.

Why doesn’t the Loquitur look at finding out why Cabrini doesn’t have more traditions, or something that should allow for the college to be built up instead of tearing down something that is in everyone’s best interest – safety?

Thanks for listening,

Chris Winkler

Recreation, Intramural &

Facility Director

I am responding to Matt Holmes and echoing his statement of changing the way we live here at Cabrini. I often see students talking back and forth about the lack of campus life on weekends.

I don’t know why the students feel it is the college’s requirement to make students stay on campus. I think what Matt said was excellent. If the students stay, then we would plan a lot of things on campus for your benefit. Moreover, we do not do this job for the money, there is a bigger pot of gold in the corporate world.. We do it because Cabrini is a great place and our students are great people.

I know this fall semester there have been a number of new things that began because of freshmen students who are aggressive to change things.

We have a president who cares about developing talent on campus. Her office alone has initiated a recreational dance program and a horseback riding program. She has supported a number of ideas that are for the students’ enjoyment.

There is a new student activities coordinator on campus. Has anyone been to see her about doing such and such?

Has anyone come to me to start something? Yes and because of that a roller hockey group idea grew into a club, which Frank Plumb started and now a baseball group is working to become a club.

Students of Cabrini, you have to know that if things are going to change it will start with your hopes being voiced, your words being heard and your initiative being funded. Your enthusiasm will draw more students. I do not want to see you lack because you did not try. Change starts with one person who will not quit and from there anything is possible.

I hope you make this campus the place to be. Students from all over will come here and say I wish I had come to Cabrini…this place rocks!

Thanks for hearing me out. Matt, I appreciate your ideas.

Chris Winkler

Recreation, Intramural &

Facility Director

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