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Regi Improv Team competes at Nationals

April 15, 2019

Emily hails from Kingston, Ont. where she attends Regiopolis Notre Dame Catholic High School. Her improv team is known as Regi-Gold.

Her team had tight competition in the Kingston regional division. "We couldn't believe we actually won," says Emily.

She's a natural performer — it's only her first year doing improv and she's already made it to the CIG nationals with Regi-Gold. "I never thought I was going to be here! It's a big shock and I'm super excited," she says.

[Improv] helped me with problem-solving in real life. - Emily Clark

"Improv has helped me become a better actor, I'm into musical theatre. It's also helped me with problem-solving in real life. If there's an issue...I've learned how to break it down like I do in an improv scene."

How would she describe the Canadian Improv Games to a newbie? "It's completely the opposite of how you think a competition would be," she says. When she arrived at her very first improv competition in Kingston, Emily was surprised at how welcoming the other players were. Being a figure skater in the past, Emily was accustomed to how competition can be between rival performers. But the CIG wasn't like that experience at all.

"Here, it's like — you just met these people, but it feels like you've known them for all your life," she says. "You relate with them; you can be weird with them; you don't feel judged. It's like an open, free environment."

Being in Ottawa away from her home in Kingston, what is she missing the most right now? "I'm really missing my friends back home and my family."


Read the full CBC article here: https://www.cbc.ca/arts/whose-line-is-it-anyway-these-high-school-students-participants-in-canada-s-national-improv-games-1.5084738

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