Greg Stratton of McNeese State University Presents: A Journey of
Ms. Adventures

By Calvin Tyler

Photo from: Greg Stratton. From left to right: Eric Thibodeaux, Sean Hinchee, Alexandra Landry, Joseph Comeaux, Rebecca Harris, and Jennifer McHaffie.

Photo from: Greg Stratton. From left to right: Eric Thibodeaux, Sean Hinchee, Alexandra Landry, Joseph Comeaux, Rebecca Harris, and Jennifer McHaffie.

A familiar concept

To the troupe of The Second City, improvisation has been a mainstay in their act that people from all around the world look forward to seeing. Improv on stage is definitely a familiar concept if you're any what familiar with the syndicated television show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and what they've been doing masterfully since 1998. Actors are assembled on a stage, maybe they've got some props to play with, and each actor bounces unscripted words and physical action from one to the other. When done correctly, improv is highly entertaining. But, you may ask, "If it's so great why hasn't this been done in Lake Charles yet? Is it because Lake Charles doesn't have any stages or props?" Actually, Curious Reader, our city facilitates a handful of theater stages as well as a few items that could double as props. Putting this plan into action takes work, though. More than one person it takes to put on a play. Good thing we've got 6...and an editor.

Photo from: Greg Stratton

Photo from: Greg Stratton

Greg Stratton, McNeese professor and all around cool dude, came into the Exposure office with a smile on his face and plenty of pride in his heart. Along with him were 2 of 6 actors (Eric Thibodeaux and Joseph Comeaux) of what he described as "controlled chaos." I listened while Stratton described with excitement what his students had written, and how proud he was to have such wonderfully bright students. That last line might sound redundant when reading it but I'm having a hard time putting into words the metaphorical tears in his eyes when talking about what they've accomplished. "I threw out the idea for a stage play with some improvisation, then they took over and wrote everything out."

Photo from: Greg Stratton

Photo from: Greg Stratton

This rumpus room of excellence premiered Wednesday, November 11th at 7:30pm in the Bulber Auditorium. All shows Nov. 11th - 14th at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 15th at 2 p.m.

For more information contact Greg Stratton at gstratton@mcneese.edu


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