The W.D. Powell Theater stage will be transformed into a Gryffindor common room this weekend as Blank Slate Improv takes the stage for Union’s first ever Harry Potter themed show.
The team has been practicing for months, anticipating the show to be one of the biggest in the team’s history.
“The only other time the team has been this excited for a performance was for last year’s Dub show,” said Jonathan Bowman, sophomore biology major and Blank Slate improviser. “We are psyched for this one because the games we are playing are hilarious and we are having so much fun learning them.”
The audience can expect several new games to be premiered at Saturday’s show. The full-length performance will consist of 12 improv games, about half of them brand new.
“There is one new game in particular that makes us crack almost every time,” said Abbey Peecher, sophomore vocal performance major and Blank Slate performer. “It’s a spin-off of divination class where we look in to a crystal ball to ‘see’ an audience member’s future. I cried from laughter for about five minutes straight the first time we played it.”
Other new games include a play on the Weasley’s Wizarding Weezes and a version of “Playbook,” where a Harry Potter book is used for the lines.
Tickets to the show have sold fast and fans, along with the cast, seem to be really excited for the Halloween night show.
“The first performance did a great job of showcasing the new personalities on the team and their different humor styles,” said Iona McHaney, senior nursing major and Blank Slate fan. “I am excited to see the way each improver has further developed their characters, especially in such a cool context like Harry Potter.”
The cast has noted that it is not essential for the audience members to be Harry Potter fans to understand or appreciate the show.
Homemade Harry Potter treats including snitch cake pops, butter beer cupcakes and other themed snacks will be available for purchase at the show’s intermission.
There will be a limited number of tickets sold at the door for $5. Fans who have not gotten their ticket should plan on getting to the show early to secure one before the doors open at 5:30 p.m.