‘Slimy’ students win Canadian Improv Games trophy

CBC Kids News • Published 2019-04-16 07:30

Wildcard team from the Gulf Islands takes top prize

They had to be silly, serious — even slimy — and in the end, their creativity paid off.

A team of six teenagers — including four actors and two musicians — from Gulf Islands Secondary School (GISS) on Salt Spring Island, B.C., were crowned the big winners at the Canadian Improv Games in Ottawa on April 4.

Canada’s biggest high school improv tournament celebrates the best in improvisational theatre.

Improv is a type of performance that is totally unplanned, where the players riff off each other and make up the characters and the story as they go along.

In this scene from the tournament, GISS had to come up with an original character based on one word: “slimy.”

The team from Georges P. Vanier Secondary School in Courtenay, B.C., were challenged to come up with a character based on this phrase: “the nose of a hound.”

Here’s how they started their scene:

“Adrift and at peace” was the theme that served as inspiration for this scene from R.E. Mountain Secondary school’s team from Langley, B.C. 

They had fun with the idea of a flock of birds heading toward a wind turbine.

In the end, there could only be one winner:

The team from Gulf Islands Secondary School qualified for the tournament by winning the online wildcard spot, which was reserved for those teams that couldn’t make the trip to the regionals.

This wasn’t the team’s first time in the spotlight. GISS won the big prize in 2017 and came in second place in 2018.

This year, the team from Luther College High School in Regina won silver.

Teens get emotional as they hold Silver banner.

On Instagram, the silver-winning team from Luther College High School in Regina said it had been an ‘incredible, inspiring and beautiful’ week. (Chanel Klein/CBC)

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