The Nick of Time Players keep LU laughing

Killian Walsh | Legacy Staff Reporter

Drawing laughs from all walks of life, “The Nick of Time Players” is Lindenwood’s improvisation troupe. Led by Professor Nick Kelly, they meet Sundays from 6-8 p.m. at Jekyll Theater in Roemer Hall.

The group kicked off the fall semester with auditions on Sept. 4, choosing 12 new students. Kelly describes improv as, “thinking on your feet with no script. Raw action, raw emotion. The opportunity to explore the moment.”

Kelly started improv in college and went on to perform with “The Second City” in Chicago and Los Angeles’ “The Groundlings”. He also said he “toured with a group called ‘The Hooligans’ from Mississippi.”
Returning members are Jeffery Brewer, Cole Figus, Toby Gastler, Ryan Muzzy, Milly Naeger and Vince Napoli. New members are Katy Aull, Marissa Bioni, John Fisher, Anne Martin and Sean Murray. Returning captain Chad Snider will assist Kelly.

“We have a higher girl-to-guy ratio this year, so that should be interesting,” Snider said, who joined the troupe in 2008. “Improv has helped me a lot in the business world, with making presentations and answering questions on the spot.”

Second-year member Milly Naeger said her favorite thing about improv is that “being a weirdo is completely acceptable.” She said, “Throughout the day, I think of a character and wonder how I could use it in real life.”

The troupe will have a show once a month, the first on Oct. 7, with a special Halloween show on Oct. 31, and shows on Nov. 11 and Dec. 11. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in Jekyll Theater and are free of charge.