On February 16 to 17, the Regional Tournament of the Canadian Improv Games (CIG) was held in Muskoka for the first time, with two Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) teams winning gold!
CIG is one of the largest theatre festivals, providing high school students with improvisational theatre education programs, workshops, training sessions, and performance opportunities. At the regional competition, teams of up to eight students compete by performing four out of five types of scenes: theme; life; story; style; and character. Before the scene begins, the audience is asked for a suggestion, which then fuels the four-minute act. Each team then has five to ten seconds to plan their scene, and each team take turns presenting over four rounds of play.
Over the weekend, four teams participated in the junior division at the Algonquin Theatre. The Huntsville High School (HHS) ‘Up to this Point’ team took home first place. Twelve teams then competed in the senior division, with the top five teams moving onto the finals. HHS teams ‘Stardust’ and ‘Moot’ were amongst those who moved on.
In the final round, it was revealed that ‘Moot’ had tied Innisdale – the second time in over 40 years that two teams tied at a regional tournament and a tiebreaker was called. Innisdale went first and performed a story based on the audience suggestion, “a spider’s web”. ‘Moot’ then performed in a western style, with a scene based on the audience suggestion, “you stole my style”.
The winner was declared and ‘Moot’ won gold!
The team will now move on and compete at the CIG National Tournament and Festival in Ottawa from April 1 to 4. During the event, students will take part in improv workshops, hear from national trainers, meet other improvisers from across the country, and compete on the National Arts Centre stage.