Everybody involved had fun. I can't think of anybody who seemed stressed about being on stage or felt any negative feelings of failure. It was all musical, so that in itself is a major raising of the stakes, but me and my partner introduced the show with an improvised duet so that we would walk into the fire first. I can say on my end that I did not plan any of the words that came out of my mouth... but it worked.
Musical improv is not what you think it would be. Because there's rhythm behind it, it's sometimes easier to come up with things to say. If you can make following the beat the top priority, the brain can actually relax and more often than not what comes out is at least interesting, with tons of delightful surprises that show up simply because a word rhymes with another. It's so possible that it's almost gah-ron-teed that, with practice, a regular person can become a skillful rapper. At any rate, everybody in the show seemed to naturally give in to this and amazing things happened, both during the shortform musical game first half and the longform musical laronde second half.
Before the show, we had a 45 min warm-up in a big dark room just off the main tavern. We couldn't find the lightswitch but I think the darkness helped. It was a good night just for that warm-up, too. The acoustic song version of the "Two Penises" game was magic. It was such a fun group of people who came out. The fact that our name is Giggle Duck advertises that the show is ridiculous and the focus is fun, but in each of the three shows we've put together so far there have been moments that were as "good" as any I've seen in "serious" "work". And the musician who also came out for our Boxing Day first show? Amazing. He carries half of the show himself. Another improviser friend was there (from the opening act) and he played the keyboard for the second half laronde- this was funny because his last name is LaLonde, so it was the LaLonde LaRonde- but this meant our guitarist could join in as an improviser.
Our show relies on the talent of others, but the other players get something out of it. They get one or two free workshops leading up to stagetime in a show, with none of the production stress. The shows are gimmicky and packed with people enough that any failure potholes are swiftly filled in and paved over. What it isn't is fake or cheesy. The people who have willingly given their talent are all players that I admire, and who bring their heart. I hope we keep attracting the same amount of players- 10 to 13 people is a good amount for 90 mins. Everybody gets enough time.
I'm glad to not plan another show for a bit. Maybe in May. Maybe. I really like having a shortform half before longform. It's not like an appetizer, it's two meals. Hobbits second breakfastses. It is possible to do both, and they DO work together quite nicely.