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Zoiks! improvs for a cause

Zoiks! improvs for a cause

Nicholas Sumner

The members of Zoiks! play a game in which they act out a play as their fellow “actors” play dead at random moments during their rehearsal Feb. 16 in Roosevelt Hall. One of the main goals of this rehearsal was to prepare for the benefit show for Morgan Taylor, Feb. 26.

Brain cancer isn’t normally associated with comedy.

But improvisational sketch comedy group Zoiks! is performing a show inspired by ESU student Morgan Taylor, sophomore elementary education major, at 10 p.m. Feb. 26 in Albert Taylor Hall, Plumb Hall.

“Our shows are all free, but we encourage donations – especially for our next show,” said Amanda Miller, senior communication major and business manager for Zoiks!

Last November, Taylor had emergency brain surgery at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita to remove a tumor. She was later diagnosed with brain cancer on Dec. 6 at San Antonio Military Medical Center in Texas.

The benefit show, the first of its kind for the improvisational comedy group, was suggested by Zoiks! member Justin Rahe, junior communication major. He was an E-team leader with Taylor and saw her post about her cancer on Facebook.

“I got to thinking about if there was something I could do to help her and her family out and I figured Zoiks could be an option,” Rahe said.

Although Taylor and her family have insurance, she will need some money as she deals with her cancer in the long run. The money raised by the benefit show could help Taylor with her surgery, checkups, travel expenses, physical therapy and other procedures.

Taylor said she enjoys reading, exercising, watching TV and shopping in her spare time. Taylor said she is excited for the show.

“I think it is extremely sweet and thoughtful and I’m very, very grateful I go to such an amazing school with amazing people in it,” Taylor said.

Though Taylor is currently on medical leave at her home in Texas, she plans on coming back to ESU next fall, as long as she remains healthy. She is also currently receiving treatment at San Antonio Military Medical Center.

In addition to this show, the sketch comedy troupe may begin to perform regularly at The Trophy Room, a lounge bar located at 705 Commercial Street above the old 707 nightclub.

“We’ve been looking for an opportunity to perform outside of campus,” said Mike Freelend, senior crime and delinquency major and Zoiks member.

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