The Titanic Players present their first show of the year


Two pigs discovering love, a drummer unable to cartwheel, and a crushed dinosaur egg crate were just some of the scenes in The Titanic Players. imagined during the group’s first concert of the year.

The long-running improv group performed Friday night at the McCormick Foundation Center Forum. The players used their first show to encourage people to join in and see more Titanic shows. It also served as a welcome to the band’s dedicated fan base.

“I feel ecstatic and very optimistic. It’s a new year, and we’ve seen a lot of new faces in the audience,” said Titanic player and communications junior James Cavanaugh-Gialloreto. “Hopefully we’ll attract a lot of interested people and continue to grow that audience.”

The group has several teams that each play for 20 minutes. Players begin by asking for words suggested by the audience, then move through scenarios.

On Friday, The Titanic Players had only two teams: Pee Shy and Dirt Birth.

Senior Communications Sam Buttress in Pee Shy said the teams stick together throughout their time at Northwestern. As seniors graduate, some teams get smaller and eventually fade away, making way for the next group of players. Buttress said Friday’s performance was an adjustment since some members graduated or are studying abroad.

Pee Shy started his performance by asking the audience for a word that describes something they are looking forward to. An audience member said “Jeff”. After that, the performers made up scenes about going to a bad dentist, getting lost in a department store, and a garage band whose drummer doesn’t know how to cartwheel.

Cartwheels was a running joke throughout Pee Shy’s performance. Buttress said her favorite part of the show was rediscovering her talent for the wheel.
“I knew I could do cartwheels,” Buttress said. “But when I did, I was surprised at how nice and effortless it was. Like, I was on the one hand at one point.

Dirt Birth has five members, who played first with the public’s word starting with a “d”: dinosaur.

Dirt Birth created stories about a girl whose dinosaur egg was smashed by her friend and a clumsy proposal. Players acted out a scene where two girls were vying for their mother’s affection, which ended with a passionate kiss between two piggies.

Audience members said they enjoyed the band’s storylines and crazy jokes. Joe Scott, a parent of a NU student, said it was a great comedy show.

“(It was) amazing, absolutely amazing. The creativity, the spontaneity, the facial expressions, the acting,” Scott said. “It’s fun for all adult ages, quite honestly. I don’t think whether it’s only students.

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