July 18, 2006

ball boys knocked off the hill

Filed under: on stage — phil @ 11:47 pm

it was another thrilling night at the bayfront theatre this past sunday. my team, the ball boys, entered the evening as the current king of the hill during the tournament. we faced mama and her boys in front of our favorite out of town summer guests. this group was more…how shall i say…exhuberant than last week’s group.

mama’s schtick grabbed the audience’s favor as they chanted “ma-ma! ma-ma!” as we took the stage. but as the improv started, the ball boys worked at winning them over. mama & her boys started the night with a scene that got horned (the horn of plenty means the judges have seen plenty) while we countered with a slide show of a trip to Egypt that included Pam from the audience. we issued a language challenge to which channing and buddy did an english-gibberish switch. not sure what the other team did, but it got horned again. ouch! mama seems to be stumbling outta the gate. they countered nicely with a point of view song which i was SO glad they got under their belt. we finished the half with a half life scene of a sanitary engineer and like that…we’re still the kings of the hill.

by this point of the night, the kids were cheering as we took the stage and it felt good, especially since they favored mama earlier in the show. but the wheels came off in the second half. some poor choices all around led to a less entertaining second half. neither team could get into a groove and the ball boys struggled to recapture that first half magic. we stumbled our way thru the second half and despite still being the crowd favorite, couldn’t pull out the win. i’m just sorry that we as an ensemble couldn’t match the show quality in the second half.

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