Song-Do Ron Ron

By | August 2, 2010

Synonyms

Do Run Run. Do Ron Run. Do Run Ron. Da Doo Ron Ron. Da Doo Run Run. Da Doo Run Ron. Da Doo Ron Run. Da Dou Ron Ron.

Introduction

The performers are going to tell a story in the format of a classic pop song.

Description

For lo fi users of Learn Improv Do Ron Ron is based on a song from from the 1960s Da Doo Ron Ron. The following paragraphs will attempt to deconstruct the handle into a written form.

Some things are better explained with a video.

The host has the performers line up facing the audience. They get in synch with some collective repetitive action like finger snapping. Once in synch the performers launch into song, telling a narrative in the pattern of A-A-B-B-B. This is an example with 3 performers, and ALL should include the audience.

  • Performer One “I was speeding in my car and I wouldn’t yield.” A
  • All “Da doo ron ron ron. Da doo ron ron.” A
  • Performer Two “Smashed the car went through the windshield.” A
  • All “Da doo ron ron ron. Da doo ron ron.”
  • Performer three “Yah. I just survived by grace.” B
  • Performer One “Yah. I had to stitch my face.” B
  • Performer Two “Yah. I hid from the human race.” B
  • All “Da doo ron ron ron. Da doo ron ron.”
  • Performer Three “Now I’ve got an injury that you can’t see.” A
  • All “Da doo ron ron ron. Da doo ron ron.”
  • Performer One “It is called traumatic brain injury.” A
  • All “Da doo ron ron ron. Da doo ron ron.”

And so on until a narrative cycle is met. At Learn Improv we use the narrative tool of STEPS. For new performers, or when rehearsing this handle, it can be useful to adhere to the narrative tool strongly. For example, the first A-A-A-B-B could just refer to the Setting and the next A-A-A-B-B could establish the Ties.

Gimmicks

  • None.

Variations

  • Competitive versions abound.
  • Speed the verses up each time.
  • Limit to an A-A-A-A-A structure until failure.

Credits

  • See above.

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