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Camp Danger

Outstanding Islanders

Outline photo of Camp Danger

Comedy on the Fly

After spending countless hours in rehearsals and performances, the Camp Danger Improv Troupe says they feel like family.

“We know each other on a much more personal level than just through our classes,” said team members, who took turns finishing each other’s sentences. “It can be pretty intense being so serious about something that’s so funny.”

Practicing five days a week has paid off for Camp Danger, which took first place in the Southwest Regional Competition of the College Improv Tournament in October 2011. They will compete for the national title in March 2012. With a single suggestion from the audience, Camp Danger creates a 25-minute play from thin air.

“Our group is successful because we have real chemistry, we make each other laugh and we trust we’ll make something spectacular happen each time we go on stage,” said the team. “Because we trust each other, we don’t feel nervous before a show.”  

Team captain Ellen Buschang, a Corpus Christi native, started Camp Danger in fall 2010. She ran a similar group as a student at the University of New Orleans. Other Camp Danger members are theatre majors Andrew Robinson of Austin, Texas; Esteban Reyna of San Antonio, Texas; Travis Delgado of Washington, D.C.; and communication major Dillon Dinkens of Corpus Christi.

With Dinkens graduating this month and three other members to follow in May 2012, Camp Danger is on the lookout for new talent.  

“We’re taking some underclassmen to Chicago so they can see improv done in a professional light,” said Buschang, Islander Improv president. “Exposing them to the professional world is important to the continued success of the group.” 

Giving back to the community is no laughing matter for Camp Danger. This semester, the troupe taught an improv workshop to Mireles Elementary School students, and teamed up with business students for an improv night benefiting the Foster Angels of South Texas.

For anyone interested in improv, Camp Danger performs Fridays at 7:30 p.m. during the semester in Bay Hall, room 103. Monies from the shows will help cover expenses to the College Improv Tournament.

Rehearsals are open to all University students. For more information, click here to visit their Facebook page.
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