MSU Department of Theatre Freshmen Perform Annual Improv Comedy Showcase

First-year students from the Michigan State University Department Theatre take on improv comedy in the 15th annual Freshman Showcase: Together We Will Improvise. Performance dates are December 2-5 in Studio 60 of the Auditorium Building. Attendees must be masked for the health and safety of our students. 

Together We Will Improvise is a light-hearted evening of improvisation to bond the Department of Theatre freshmen on their creative journey through undergrad. The actors will take suggestions from the audience to create a spontaneous, collaborative performance.  

Throughout the fall semester, the students attended weekly rehearsals with director Sarah Hendrickson to learn improv comedy skills, build teams, and prepare for the show. Hendrickson says the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic means students are more prepared than ever to embrace the challenges of improv comedy.  

Students rehearse for the improv comedy show. One student lies on the ground, surrounded by three kneeling classmates. Other students watch in the background
Theater students learn rehearse improv comedy skills. Photo credit: Lane Straub

“We are in a constantly changing environment that is putting our improvisational skills to the test. Adapting and surviving in a new world requires courage and imagination, and our freshmen are full of it,” Hendrickson said. “The students have done an amazing job preparing for this show. It’s been wonderful watching them all grow closer and bond through the rehearsal process.”  

Tickets for Together We Will Improvise are $20 for general admission, $18 for MSU faculty and staff and seniors, and $10 for students. Tickets are available online at, at the Wharton Center box office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON. 

Performance Dates & Times  *Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. (Red and Blue Teams) 
Friday, December 3, 2021, at 8 p.m. (Orange and Purple Teams) 
Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 2 p.m. (Orange and Blue Teams) 
Saturday, December 4, 2021, at 8 p.m. (Red and Green Teams) 
**Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 2 p.m. (Purple and Green Teams) 

* Post-show discussion on Thursday, December 2, 2021 (following the performance) 
** Pre-show discussion with the director on Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 1:15

Six photographs arranged side-by-side. A different team poses in each photo.
The different improv teams. Photo credit: Lane Straub

Blue Team
Ritu Singhal
Zoe Dorst
Reese Martin
Olivia Bath
Michael Bolanos

Red Team
Cayla Hadaway
Joshua Powles
Kat Poon
Ray Snively
Toby Sanders

Green Team
Anna Yarnal
Caitlyn Sanders
Tia Spicer
Audrey Lolli

Orange Team 
Sam Dobrowolski 
Jhon Govaere 
Natalie Palencik 
Shelby Ginsburg 
Seray Sezgen 

Purple Team 
Maggie Heil 
Emilie Burkhart 
Conner Reilly
Grayson Blaske  
Mandy Marsili