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Laughing Out Loud: CHS Wingin’ It’s December Performance Brings It

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Ryleigh Underwood
Junior Logan Forbes (left) being pied in the face by junior Colin Ingraham (right)

Carlisle’s hilarious improv comedy troupe, “Wingin’ It” has been performing shows at Carlisle High School for over 18 years. Their most recent show was on December 5th, where they played a series of 7 games and never failed to make the audience laugh. 

The Wingin’ It troupe is led by seniors Aiden Wilt, Aedan Shevlin, Lex Boyd, and Sophie Akujobi, along with 8 students in grades 10 and 11. The managers and crew are senior Ryleigh Underwood, junior Daris Dedic, and advisor Matthew Fahnestock. 

The troupe is a tight-knit group of students who work together to create an entertaining show.

“In Wingin’ It, I get to have fun and laugh with people I probably wouldn’t even talk to if I weren’t in the troupe,” says junior Chase Perabo. “Comedy and laughter really does bring people closer together, and I’m so grateful for my fellow wingmen.” 

 Their chemistry off stage transferred well to their performance which began with “Lost And Found”. New member Day Curry had to improv as the owner of a lost and found. The other members had to storm in looking for something, and at the end, they had to say “well maybe you could find it if you weren’t so busy doing (blank).” Then, Curry had to continue the scene while doing whatever the person used to fill in the blank. Some examples were cracking their knuckles, mooing like a cow, and talking in a British accent. This opener was a great lead to an energetic and humorous performance.

After this, other games included Four Corners, That’s What She Said, Oscar-Winning Moment, and State Trooper. Four Corners consisted of 4 troupe members rotating across the stage and portraying different relationships depending on who their partner was, like an organ donor and receiver or a coach and player. For That’s What She Said, two troupe members had to portray a scene while saying sentences that the audience wrote on index cards. During Oscar-Winning Moment, the troupe had to come up with a movie title and dramatic scene from it using two random letters. Lastly, State Trooper displayed a parent and child getting pulled over, and one of them had to guess the storyline based on their movements. All of these games took into consideration audience member suggestions and input. The random yet perfectly picked mix of games played was a great showcase of talent and humor. 

Continuing the night with Alphabet, troupe members had to portray two characters and talk to each other while only speaking with the first letter of the word in alphabetical order. When one group of two went, they were timed, and the duo after them had to complete the alphabet in a shorter amount of time. They also played Deck The Lols, where they had to sing lines to the tune of “Deck The Halls” about a specific topic. Jeo-Parody! and Props are two other games the troupe played on stage. 

The troupe ended the show with “the most dangerous improv game known to man:” Mousetrap. Seniors Aiden Wilt, Lex Boyd, and Aedan Shevlin walked around the stage blindfolded while trying to avoid mousetraps scattered along the stage. While blindfolded and avoiding traps, they had to improv as a Kindergarten teacher and students, a suggestion provided by members in the audience. This was a great end to the night, as it was surprising and exciting.

In conclusion, “Wingin’ It” pulled off another great show. The student talent at CHS continues to show through extracurriculars, and the comedy troupe is no exception. 

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Lyric Koch, Perspectives editor
Lyric Koch is a sophomore at Carlisle High School. She is excited for her second year on staff and first year as an editor. She is a member of the Shakespeare troupe, winter guard, and the marching band's color guard. She also enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and dancing. She loves boygenius, Phoebe Bridgers, and Gracie Abrams.
Ryleigh Underwood, Editor-in-Chief
Ryleigh Underwood is a senior at CHS and this is their fourth year on the Periscope staff. They are the manager of CHS's improv troupe, Wingin' It, the poetry representative and photographer for Coffeehouse, and a member of NEHS and NAHS. Ryleigh also represents the Carlisle Area School District in SEPA (Students for Education in PA) and is very active within the education community. They look forward to working with the new staff and graduating with Periscope in good hands.
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