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BYOI – Rexadillo

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Our Late Night Comedy Show at the Warwick Center for the Arts featured Amy, Tim, Alan, Emily and Ian and our FAM Mackenzie who both goes to school and coordinates activities for senior living. She loves playing word games but does not like Bingo. At Dunkin, she wants a medium ice coffee with caramel swirl light and 5 Splenda, and if she could blend two animals she would blend a T-Rex and an Armadillo. We started off with a FAM Movie Critics, featuring “Me”, a biopic all about Mackenzie. After leaving the senior living center, she entered the Word Game Winter Olympics and lost a loved one to hypoperfusion for lack of a blanket, but she could not see John Cena. Growing and Shrinking Machine was all about Sharpies, sharpies, snowman reanimations, extension suggestions and physics indecisions. Meanwhile, the laser drifted off the target but Lord Vader found out and ran away, while the stormtroopers continued to miss the mark. During Press Conference, Josh had to guess that he was Timmy Turner from Fairly Odd Parents and he had invented the copy machine that makes copies of coffee.

Sing it was a majestic musical with songs about ice cream, disgruntled scoopers, excitement and screaming. Slogans followed that, with inventive slogans for such exciting concepts as tigers that sell cornflakes, swagalicious perfume, badminton that is good for you. BYOI Alumni Candice volunteered for Trolley Stop, where Johnny Mashed Potatoes and Phil the Cheesesteak met up with enthusiastic exercisers, feline lunar thesis papers, and suspicious Facebook Quizmasters. Our last game was and Irish Ditty for our FAM!

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BYOI – The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Geese

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It is 7pm and our Family Friendly Show was a blast! We had Alan, Josh, Ian, Amy, Emily and Tim on cast, and our FAM was Athena who loves to sing but is recovering from a cold. She loves K-Pop and musical theater, and if she had a singing show, it would be hosted by Brendan Geary, not Ryan Seacrest. Her favorite aquatic animal is a penguin, and her favorite musical is Heathers. We started off the show with a FAM Sing It for Athena, featuring such rousing musical numbers as “What a Beautiful Bus Stop”, “Stretch Your Voice” and ‘Football Roundup”. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly taught us that good singers avoid burping on a stage coach, flowers and British uniforms make for a more civil reenactment, and we had our eyes on the contaminated candy. Short Cutz had us popping K corn with our small friends. Mom was bothering us while we played video games and we forgot to do our homework, but we jumped the penguins after we mastered economics.

Pavlovian Response had our volunteers and cast getting triggered! Every time someone lifts their arms, Tim had to do dishes. Every time someone did dishes, our audience volunteer had to chirp like a bird, and every time someone said “Watch”, Alan had to cough. Lines from a Cup featured Amy and Josh and our FAM. The cast of Jumanji had a snake in their boot and wanted free admission to Infinity Wars. Rope displayed our love for turtles, had the whole world in our hands, and the pretty dancing princess took a seat. Tableau painted pretty pictures of penguins, John and Jim and giant and a Slim Jim at the gym, and McDonalds was our kind of place with hamburgers in our face. Debate Club closed the show with a lively argument about the virtues of squeaky chickens. We had to buy the eggs to make them nurture, the geese squeaked too, and the chickens don’t throw.

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BYOI – It was only 5 minutes!

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It finally feels a little like spring on this Friday evening, and the Youth Collective show lent even more levity than the weather! Rose, Gussy and Aidan were on cast, and our FAM was Moises, who attends Trinity Academy for Performing Arts as a music major. He preferred genre is Jazz, and he plays several instruments. We kicked off the evening with a game of Freeze Tag. Jazz hands were a medical issue, the trunk was overstuffed, and the fish did not like being out of his bowl. During Party Quirks, Rose had to guess that Aidan was extremely happy about dead fish, and Gussy was turning into a goose. Then, we played Two-Headed Monster. The monster applied for a job, but training did not go so well. Taco Tuesday lost its’ shells, and the salsa was enough.

Revolver featured scenes about rock, viola, and family. The geode was too expensive, and the rock split in two. The flowers were crushed but the holiday seating arrangements were successful. Utensils worked in a pinch, the games were discussed, and the bank account was emptied. Gussy won a creative game of Highlander featuring an overworked mom making pasta for very difficult children. Bickering about ketchup and chewing made mom more and more flustered, but she had a trick up her sleeve (or in the sock).

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BYOI – Tumbleweed Tumbleweed

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Our 9pm Not-So-Family-Friendly show featured Emily, Barbara, Erich, Daniel, Amy and Krissy. Our FAM was Jim, who is celebrating his Birthday and would love to go to Disney and eat Gregg’s Death By Chocolate Cake. We started the show with FAM Greatest Hits. We sang a blues song about leaving Rhode Island, a country song about mouse theme parks, and a ballad about a photography “exhibition.”

Fortunately/Unfortunately brought us out to the pub with Jim who rolled a 20 and got a double with diamond teeth and a lot of understanding. Centerpiece revolved around the number 8, the verdict, sushi and wish. The pizza would be ready in 8 minutes, coming across a crime scene was a shock, Sue had an impossible choice and the Wishbone Ranch was made with real bones. Newborn had Daniel and our audience volunteer guess that they are John Oliver and a plate spinner and they gave birth to a sand dollar.

Remake took place in an originally themed restaurant with a morbid menu. We remade Death By Chocolate as a western and an Anime.  Post-It brought us dunce dental hygienists, bartender tricorders and Siberian living quarters. Sit, Stand, Lie Down was next, and then we sang a song for our FAM Jim!

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BYOI – Can I get a Four Four? Eventually!

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Our 7pm Family Friendly Improv Comedy Show’s cast was Amy, Barbara, Emily, Daniel, Krissy and Erich, and our FAM was Carlena, a Youth Collective Member who is here with her family. She has great relationships with everyone, but she has a teacher who is like Voldemort with hair. If she were a dessert she would be ice cream, and if she could, she would add the character Snoopy to the musical Annie.

We started the show off with a FAM reunion. They were generous with ice cream, but the class hamster was lactose intolerant. The curlers stayed in but the gift card helped keep Miss Gold away! Follow that Action took place in the mountains. The hiker took off their shoe, sparking off a great prophecy involving condiments and Swiss Miss Cocoa. Augustus Gloob jumped into the chocolate river, and the wise one permitted consumption. The shoes came back and healed the sole. Our next game was Questions. The soft drinks were contaminated, and zombie flu took over the nation. Chocolatiers made the Bit-O-Honey, but did not pay attention to the boy next door.

Marriage Counselor made Amy have to guess that Barbara believes she is a lawnmower and our audience volunteer loves making ice cream, and they are both stuck on a carousel. Catch Phrase brought us to a pet shop, where our day was cold at the movies with Sprinkles. Famous Last Words introduced the last words of ballerinas, turtles, Charlie Brown, marine biologists and ice cream. Serious Scene was next, where we failed miserably in being unfunny while learning to drive. The show ended with a lively and musical round of Sing It!

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BYOI – Two Things on a Surface

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Where else would we be at 6pm on a Friday but at the Warwick Center for the Arts enjoying our Youth Collective Show? The students have been practicing hard, and it is evident! On cast tonight to show off their skills were Carolyn and Carlena, and our FAM was “M”, who is a retired childcare worker. She likes cats a lot, and her favorite cat is Lucky, who she considers her grandson. She likes to cook pizza and macaroni, grow veggies in her garden, and go shopping at thrift shops! Quickest Minute was our first game, in which we retold the story of Little Red Riding Hood in increasingly shrinking time limits! Good Cop/Bad Cop had Carlena guess she was guilty of filing paperwork in Aruba with Roger Rabbit.  Our two-person Spelling Bee was a barrel of laughs, with such words and definitions as “Care”, “Paint” and “Metaphor”.  Alphabet was next. Lucky the cat was sweet, but he was Carolyn’s cat, and she was having trouble sharing. Thrift pizza totally is the best but the taco turns were executed viciously. Say it Again was our ending game, with a strong finish! Gardens grow crooked when Zelda gets the angle wrong, spaghetti arms had to build the muscles so the zen garden could take over!

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BYOI – Are you trying to preposition me?

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Our Late Night Improv Comedy Show at 9pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts starred Amy, Jonathan, Emily, Ian, David and Josh. Our FAM was Nate, a musician who also works with animals. He came to the show with his girlfriend Meg. His favorite band is Tame Impala, his dream vacation spot is Peru, and he used to go to San Diego Llama parades as a child.

We kicked off the show with an Irish Ditty about our FAM. Action Figures was next. David and Jonathan set up the music festival. The amps were on the right, we forgot how walking works and played air guitar backward. During Typewriter, Joshua wrote a story about the Impalas, a band who squashed the Beatles. The herd was heard, the hula was popped and a fight broke out with spears made of unicorn horns. For Madam Zelda, Amy had to guess that David was going to lose his wallet, be abducted by aliens from his garage and his hair was going to grow back uncontrollably.

We played Pillars! It was a wildlife, at the stakeout. French fries were as good as gold, someone should teach the button and safety pins muffler the noise. White picket fences pomegranate to quicksand! During Debate Club our cast and volunteers debated the merits of owning dogs, playing with dolls, Chicago style hot dogs, and fractionize is not a word. The Quickest Minute featured The Lord of The Rings. You shall not pass, Mr. Frodo. We ended the show with a Curtain Call.

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BYOI- Use the other eye!

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It is 7pm at The Warwick Center for the Arts, time for our Family Friendly Improv Comedy Show with Amy, Josh, Jonathan, David, Ian and Emily. Our FAM was Gary the snowplow driver. He came here with his wife Stacey and his daughter, youth collective member Carlina. He is a Pats fan who likes to buy things at auctions. We started the show with a game of Sing It! Josh was plowing the fields in the snow but two dollars didn’t buy a jacket. Jonathan could have used the truck but it didn’t buy coffee. Our next game was What are You Doing? In case you wondered, we were solving plumbing problems, surfing the internet, applying makeup, fishing, dancing and painting a masterpiece, and staging Clash of the Titans the musical. Meanwhile, during our next game, glass tire patches were crunchy, special resting spots were utilized, Fred stood in front of the air conditioner, and Emily picked “C” on the True/False exam. Interrogation Lineup had our cast and volunteers guessing that they painted mustaches on animal crackers on a carousel with Taylor Swift.

Two Headed Monster brought us to the hospital for testing. Amy had buttercream running through her veins and a serious donut craving, but her brows were on fleek. What a salty cookie! Busta Rap was next, with phat rhymes about fun, shade, cake and our FAM Gary. Highlander had Horseback Curling perfection. The jockey was ready, the shoes were checked and we think she’s good! We capped off the show with a song for our FAM

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BYOI – I am Becoming A Dog!

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It is 6pm at the Warwick Center for the Arts, time for the students in our Youth Collective to shine! On cast were Juan, Carolyn and Carlena. Our FAM was Karen, who likes hampsters, pigeons and horses, has been to France and is learning a lot about Improv.

We started the show by playing Try That on for Size. We had jumping inflatable birds, dancing and swimming while pounding tables, and reading while closing containers and separating things. Good Cop, Bad Cop made Juan have to guess that he stole food from the library with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Because I Said So placed the youth as Emily’s parents answering such questions as “Why do people speak French?”, “Why do taste buds light up?” And “Why do monsters like to scare people?”

Short Cutz started with English History with a French Accent, brought us to scary camel highway rides, the camel DMV, and used camel salesmen. Charlotte the camel blocked the intersection, the salesman had anger issues and Carolyn just wanted him to stop a minute! We ended the show with Say it Again. Fluffusy the pidgeon hampster was discovered at the local dump and almost rescued by lazy students.

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BYOI – Until it Needs to be Named

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For our 9pm show at Warwick Center for the Arts, our cast consisted of Audrey, David, Jonathan, Alan, Amy and auditioner Tim.  We had a great time with our FAM Audrey who is a CNA who wants to someday become a pediatric nurse. She has two kids named Wendy and Michael, but not named after Peter Pan characters.

We started the night off with a game of FAM revolver, with dubious baking tips, incompetent scoutmasters, spice girl launching. And the laziest surgeons in the world. We played Trolley Stop and met sneaky cheaters, clueless commandos, sock Santas and noir adjustments. Say it Again brought us to Tie Land where the sale was not complete without remembering to floss the antlers. Good Cop Bad Cop had Audrey have to guess that she burned the toast of the Truest Believer in Neverland with Ronald McDonald. We played First Line, Last Line after that. Scenes involved Yellow, Dick Van Dyke, and footwear. Back in My Day brought us to a time before iPads, Disney Land, quinoa, beaches, and fidget spinners.  Freeze tag had renegade Winnebagos, tetanus shaving, and heavy zucchini. We ended the show with a song for our FAM Danielle!

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