There are some combinations which seem to be perfectly together, such as peanut butter and chocolate, rice and beans, or Abbott and Costello. But recently we are seeing another combination of two great things put together as one to create something unique and satisfying. It is the combination of comedy and music.
Although jokes and beats have been put together before, the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts is taking a different approach with their presentation of Lyrics and Laughter Junior- An Evening of Comedy and Song. Their clever approach is to create an evening featuring the sounds of some very talented vocal stylists (all performers under the age of 21) and then finish the evening with Sparks of Insanity. The Sparks of Insanity are the only professional teen improv troupe in New Jersey and have been performing for over four years.
The Sparks are led by director Ted Wrigley and perform a style of improv comedy known as short form improv. It is similar to the comedy seen on television’s Whose Line Is It Anyway. The actors take suggestions from the audience and use those suggestions in games. On this night, the games which really cracked the audience up were the Improv Dating Game, Freeze Tag, and Moving People.
The show was held on June 7, 2013 at the NJ School of Dramatic Arts Theater located on Bloomfield Avenue in Bloomfield, NJ. The night began with performances by accomplished teen singers: Lilly Baldassare, Austin Bommer, Gerry Mastrolia, Amber Smith and Mary Sudol.
The laughter part of the evening was provided by Sparks of Insanity. As a professional troupe, they have recently performed for The Jespy House in South Orange, Giggles Childrens Theatre at St. Joseph’s Childrens Hospital in Paterson, Orange Street School in Cranford, Bloomfield Harvest Fest, and the Warren Arts Festival just to name a few. Sparks of Insanity include Lilly Baldassare, Fil Babalievsky, Charles Carrier, Josh Faber, Steven Gebhardt, Brendan Maly, Elizabeth Short, Ilana Saltzman, Sarina Sarcone, Izzy Schechter, and Amber Smith.