Micetro Premieres

Sarah Goody

Basking in her win, senior Katherine Berkowitz is deemed the ‘Micetro’ after battling opponents in a round of improv games during practice.

Prior to COVID-19, the drama department produced an annual performance of “Micetro,” an improv show where student performers compete in improvisational games. This year, the department is bringing back the tradition, after one year away, and will be performing a total of eight shows throughout February. 

Redwood alumna and “Micetro” director Jill Turner has loved the show since she first saw it during her high school years.

“‘Micetro’ changed my life. When I was younger and saw the older students doing it, I thought it would be impossible [to do ]. Since performing ‘Micetro,’ I haven’t stopped doing improv,” Turner said. 

The overall premise of “Micetro” is to out-perform other cast members in a series of improv games. The audience scores the improvisers after each round, rating performances on a scale of one to five. The best performers will continue to advance to the next round until there is only one actor remaining. The last performer is then deemed the ‘Micetro.’ 

“They’re all amazing improvisers, and they work as an ensemble, but the scoring is what makes it fun to watch and interactive for the audience,” Turner said.

Celebrating the ‘Micetro’ Katherine Berkowitz, the ensemble gathers on-stage.

Junior and cast member Gracie O’Connell also believes the audience is a fundamental part of the show.

“The audience is as important as the improvisers. [The improvisers are] not really performing for you. It’s almost like you’re performing with them because you’re getting to be a part of the scene by participating and interacting,” O’Connell said. 

O’Connell has not had the opportunity to watch “Micetro” due to COVID-19 cancellations in previous years; however, she is excited to have the opportunity to perform this year, despite various regulations.

The “Micetro” ensemble performs during a rehearsal by acting in an improv game.

“Wearing a mask [makes it] hard to see the emotion that people portray. [It is hard to have] the same connection through facial expressions [when wearing masks]. But, I do think that it is fun to see how actors have worked through [these challenges]. You can still see so much emotion through the actions that people have and their different voices,” O’Connell said.

Junior Maddie Epps is also performing this year and has felt the effects that COVID-19 has had on her “Micetro” experience.

“Our director actually got COVID-19, and a few rehearsals had to get canceled, so we’ve only been rehearsing for about three weeks. With [that] and all [of the various regulations], it’’ been a lot more difficult,” Epps said.  

After overcoming hurdles, Epps is eager for the department to showcase their work and to experience the excitement of live audiences.

“I think it’s a really good way to wind down and have a laugh with your friends,” Epps said. “It’s a great experience and a lot of fun to watch and participate in as an audience member as well.”

Purchase tickets for Micetro now using the QR code above.

Turner is proud of all that the cast has accomplished and hopes other students will fall in love with the show as well.

“They’re an amazing ensemble, and everyone should get to see ‘Micetro.’ There’s a reason we’ve been doing this show for more than 20 years,” Turner said.

“Micetro” opened on Tuesday, Feb. 8, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Little Theatre. For tickets and more information, scan the QR code below.  https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5363829