Fred Brown Ithaca Improv

Kitty Cat Career

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One at a time, players step to the center of the circle and pretend to be a cat engaging in some sort of occupation.  Other players try to guess what occupation it is.  The winner is the next to step into the center.  

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Goal

Warm up risk-taking (both being in the center and guessing)

Promote silliness and big, bold choices

Warm up object work

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    Instructions

    In a circle, everyone sings (to the tune of the "meow mix" song):

    meow meow meow meow
    meow meow meow meow

    meow meow meow meow meow meow meow meow

    Kitty Cat Career! (clap, clap)

    Kitty Cat Career! (clap, clap)

    One player then steps into the center of the circle, having chosen an occupation, and pretends to be a cat doing that occupation.  For instance, as a kitty cat dentist, they may mime opening up an invisible person's mouth and make thoughtful meows and mews to themself as they then grab their drill and start drilling.  Everyone on the outside should throw out guesses, in the form of "Kitty Cat Surgeon!" or "Kitty Cat Professional Origami Folder!" The player in the center points at whoever got it right.  The group sings the song again, and then that person steps in.

    Coaching Notes: 

    1) This is an absurd exercise.  Embracing the absurdity makes it all the more fun.  The song is very repetitive, and indeed it will sometimes be longer than it takes the group to guess.  That's okay!  That's part of the fun of it.  As the group sings, encourage them to look at each other with the energy of, "here we are together!  here we go again!"

    2) The name of the game is boldness and silliness.  Throwing out guesses is part of it.  Choosing an obscure occupation can be part of it.  





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