Balladeer-Doo Wop

By | January 29, 2019


Minstrel, Musical MC, Doo Wop


The follow improvisation will be longer than usual. It will be directed by a balladeer, yet remains entirely improvised.


The structure of the balladeer is a very simple one. The accompanist and the singer start off with a simple song that may introduce a character, a location, or foreshadow some event. The musical bits are meant to be short. Thirty seconds to a minute is usually enough to pass on some information from the story. Simultaneous to the ballads the players are acting on-stage. They work silently while the balladeer sings, and start to vocalize as the ballad ends. The ballad is used as a chance to change scenes, rescue a scene that not working out, or to bring closure to a scene that has come to some kind of conclusion. There usually are no blackouts during a balladeer, all the changes are made by the balladeer. The players should also recognize that if the balladeer gets into trouble then the players need to step in with a scene. A smart group will put their best storyteller as their balladeer, not the best singer.

A new musical genre can be used for each new ballad: rap, rock, opera.


In this variation Doo Wop the balladeer is replaced by a group song in the style of Doo Wop. The group song could be any manner of group make-a-song (Hoe Down, March Song, Madrigal, Chant).



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