The Weekly Format: The Tree

NAME: The Tree, or the Modified Montage
IDEAL TEAM SIZE:
2+
THE BREAKDOWN:
In montage format, each scene provides the information for the scene following it.
NOTES: This form is ideal for the beginning improviser to get them in the mindset of connected shows with intricate pattern callback and mirrored gameplay. Good instructors say that every show should feel like a freeform Harold where an entire universe is created and called back whenever necessary. The connections should never be forced or done for the sake of doing them, but should grow organically out of the trunk of the tree that is an improv show. With this format, every scene is directly inspired by the scene before. Patterns and themes occur naturally in an automatic fashion as a result of each scene inspiring the next; its just the kind of practice that improvisers need to make that way of thinking permanent.