Improv Q&A: Grace Hudkins

Name: Grace Hudkins

Grade: 11th

1. How did you get into improv?

“I got into improv by the old student director, Sarah Buchanan, calling me in the middle of auditions, asking why I wasn’t there. Halfway through, I showed up and somehow managed to make it! I am so glad I did it; it is one of the most fun things I have ever been apart of.”

2. Why did you decide to try out?

“I didn’t really decide to try out–I was kind of persuaded into it by Sarah over the phone.”

3. What is your favorite improv game? Give us an example.

“My favorite improv game is probably ‘Rap Battle.’ I’m always on the same team as Linus Kaechele and Benji Zorn, and it’s so much fun because we always win. Benji and I bring the energy and Linus is smart, [so] his words always rhyme with what we need to win.”

4. Tell me a story. 

“So we have this game called ‘Forward,-Reverse.’ There are two people in a scene and one person (usually Ben Lowen, the captain) calling out ‘Forward-reverse!’ to either move the scene forward or go back to something that was funny. Once, I was in a scene with Linus, and I asked for a make-believe character and someone shouted ‘shingle,’ and another person yelled out ‘witch,’ so we got shingle witch. Next thing I know, Linus is crawling up the gazebo in Cascade Park as the ‘shingle witch.’ It was so funny. That was in the beginning of June, and it is still a joke today.”

5. What US landmark speaks to your soul? 

“Probably the Eiffel Tower because I’ve always wanted to go to Paris and visit [it].”

6. What’s your Culver’s order?

“Kid’s chicken fingers,  fries, [and] a lemonade.”

7. What’s the best FHC bathroom? 

“Girl’s upstairs.”

8. Give us your best car salesman pitch for improv.

“Come on out to Improv Central this weekend! The show is in Downtown Ada this Saturday and show times are at 3 pm, 5 pm, and 7 pm, but 5 and 7 are students only! [We] can’t wait to see you at the Van Andel Amphitheater this week!”

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