Comox Valley students finish top at Canadian Improv Games – Comox Valley Record

Highland’s Technically… It’s Improv members: Olivia Parsons, Ava Bayers, Owen Valmorbida and Nicolas Costantino. Pictures, SD71
Isfeld Senior Junior Team: Ellie McNamee, Cleo Dawson, Kayleigh McDonald, Carter McIssac, Aryn Baker and Neve Fioravanti.  Pictures, SD71Isfeld Senior Junior Team: Ellie McNamee, Cleo Dawson, Kayleigh McDonald, Carter McIssac, Aryn Baker and Neve Fioravanti. Pictures, SD71
Vanier's awkward elbows: Sae Matsui, Olly Gadsby-Jones, Emily Joy, Kira Parkin, Vivian Mills, Jordyn Wallace-Patterson, (lying) Sonja Mellstrom.  Pictures, SD71Vanier’s awkward elbows: Sae Matsui, Olly Gadsby-Jones, Emily Joy, Kira Parkin, Vivian Mills, Jordyn Wallace-Patterson, (lying) Sonja Mellstrom. Pictures, SD71

Comox Valley students dominated the Canadian Improv Games with the Highland Team “Technically…It’s Improv” winning the senior competition for the first time.

Schools in School District 71 also won the junior competition for students in grades 7-10, with Isfeld’s “Senior Junior” team and Vanier’s junior team, the Awkward Elbows, tied for the first place overall.

“These kids worked hard for one of the longest and weirdest years in theater,” said Lisa Williams, a high school drama teacher at Highland. “The pandemic has taught us to be innovative and to engage with each other in such important ways.”

School teams in the Comox Valley have worked hard to maintain their craft with all the recent uncertainty and long periods without an audience. Each team played four of five possible events, each emphasizing a specific skill while all events emphasize skills needed for improvisation.

Senior First Place Winners – Highland – Technically…It’s Improv (Olivia Parsons, Ava Bayers, Owen Valmorbida and Nicolas Costantino

Junior First Place Winners (tied) – Isfeld – Senior Juniors (Ellie McNamee, Cleo Dawson, Kayleigh McDonald, Carter McIssac, Aryn Baker and Neve Fioravanti)

Junior 1st place winners (tie) – Vanier – Awkward elbows (Sae Matsui, Olly Gadsby-Jones, Emily Joy, Kira Parkin, Vivian Mills, Jordyn Wallace-Patterson and Sonja Mellstrom)

Several other teams from schools in the Comox Valley also performed very well. Vanier’s senior team “The Element of Surprise” placed third in the senior tournament and Isfeld’s senior team placed fourth. The “Junior Junior” team from Isfeld finished in fourth place. The junior team called “Punk-tuation” from Vanier placed fifth and a senior entry from Vanier called “Argh the Single Mateys” placed sixth.

The Canadian Improv Games is a nationwide improv tournament that has worked hard to continue to provide students with the opportunity to grow and create over the past two years, despite the pandemic. This year—for hybrid tournaments—events were taped and sent for judging by judges across Canada.

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