Q: What were auditions like?
A: "They were two days: preliminary try-outs then callbacks. The first day, they had us do what they'd do in a show -- you know, the usual improv games.
"Then they paired us up to see if we played well off each other and tried different combinations. They just sat back and laughed at us, whether we were good or bad.
"The second day, they called some of us back, and we did the games with them.
"At the time, I was the only one they called back [to join]. They said, at most, they were only going to add three people. They wanted the troupe at no more than 10 people.
"We've added two others since, who rehearse with us, but they aren't doing shows. They're sort of in training."
Q: Like auxiliary members or the Legion of Substitute Heroes?
A: "Exactly, but they still practice, and we're working on their skills. They can do this; they're just not there yet. Right now, they're helping sell tickets and helping with the set up of the stage.
Q: What about the benefit?
A: "It's this Saturday at the Alban Arts Center, 8 p.m. It's an all-ages show, and we're going to be doing our improv show, like what we do, but it benefits the folks who lost everything in Oklahoma during the tornado.
"We've partnered with the Red Cross, and 100 percent of all money goes to their Oklahoma Relief Fund. The Alban donated the space for us to do this, so every penny goes straight to the Red Cross. Tickets are $12 at the door.
"We hope people come out."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.