Improv Game of the Day: Jabberwocky

English: original illustration (1865) by John ...

1-4 players. Player One takes a copy of the poem “Jabberwocky” by Lewis Carroll and “plays” it, using the rhythms of the lines. Pitches are chosen from this scale: 1 #2 3 #4 5 b6 7; in C: C Db E F# G Ab B). Additional players work out some kind of accompaniment based on what the soloist decides to do. Odd percussion is a plus in the accompaniment.

Variation 1: One player reads the poem aloud; the players then depict it a stanza at a time.

Variation 2: Players trade off the solo role a stanza at a time.