After our rehearsals a few of us usually stay behind to talk. It has become a routine where we can hang out together. Sometimes we are discussing Roar related topics and other times we are just catching up as friends. One thing we have begun discussing more in depth is applying to more improv festivals. Attending festivals is something that was not on our original radar as a group but after performing at the inaugural San Diego Improv Festival in 2014 we decided that it would be extremely beneficial for us to get to as many festivals as possible. The great thing about improv festivals is that you are surrounded by like-minded individuals who have the same love for improv, you get to watch groups you wouldn’t get to watch in your hometown, and it is a great learning experience to become a better performer. Of course the problem with attending festivals is that there are a lot of logistics involved: getting accepted, getting time off from work, traveling & hotel costs, etc. But we love performing and strive to continue getting better so we want to attend as many festivals as possible.
One night in late March
we began discussing the Del Close Marathon (DCM). As an improviser the DCM is something that I have always strived to perform at. It is three days of magic where you can catch celebrities, both in the improv world and wider entertainment industry, performing in shows and catch talented groups from all over the U.S. and other countries giving the performances of their lives. We came to the agreement that it would be a goal of ours to submit Roar Theatre and hopefully get accepted to perform there within the next few years. Just the idea of performing in New York City was invigorating!
At some point that night someone made the comment that we should apply for this year. Of course we all agreed and started discussing how we would get the time off from work and what we do in New York. That conversation stayed with me for the next few days. I could imagine us performing and having a blast in the city. I knew that it was an improv goal that I NEEDED to accomplish but I figured it would be possible a few years down the line.
The next time we saw each other the topic of submitting to DCM came up again. After a quick discussion of how feasible it would be to attend this year it became clear that this was something we wanted to do. So I completed the submission form. Then the waiting began. We remained hopeful as a group that we would get accepted but we did not want to get our hopes up in case. At least we knew that we were serious about accomplishing this goal sooner rather than later.
I was on my break at work when the email came in stating that groups could log in to see if their shows were accepted or rejected. I was trying not to get my hopes up as I logged in because I didn’t know what to expect. But then I saw it; Roar Theatre – Accepted. I freaked out. I’m glad I was alone in the break room because I started jumping up and down. I immediately sent a message to the Roarriors to tell them the great news. Within a few days we got together to see if it was feasible for us to make the trip. And of course we jumped on this opportunity to check off an improv goal!
The next few weeks went by in a blur. We booked our airline tickets and reserved our hotel. We intensified our rehearsals. We found out that our performance is scheduled for FRIDAY from 8:00pm-8:30pm at the Magnet Theater. (Such an amazing time slot!!!) We messaged each other videos of different groups performing so we could discuss improv outside of rehearsal. We discussed which shows at the DCM we wanted to see as a group. We constantly kept talking improv and how we could be our best at the DCM stage. It was amazing how much getting accepted to DCM positively affected our performance quality. The performances we had after finding out our acceptance continually got better and better.
After all the planning, rehearsing, and hard work, it is time for us to leave for New York City. I’m sitting in my room staring at my suitcase and wondering just how lucky I am to have some great friends to perform with and to share this New York experience with. I know that we are going to have a blast on that stage and that we are going to have an unforgettable trip. I’m happy that I get to “yes, and” with my Roarrior family in front of a new audience in a city known for having great improv performances.