Kierra Payne won the Karen Towsley Kick Butt and Sparkle Award at the Canadian Impov Games. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO
The Improv Club at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School was up to their usual again, as they won fourth out of more than 20 teams at the Canadian Improv Games for the Alberta region.
“I just get so proud sitting in the seats, watching them perform. It makes me so happy to watch them,” said Simon Stang, drama department, LCHS.
The team also took part in the Nosebowl Theatresports Tournament, both of which were part of Rapid Fire’s Wildfire Teen Improv Festival.
“We were so close last year, we finished second, and this year we finished fourth, so we are still hunting after that elusive first place finish, but we have been consistently maintaining a really strong showing every year,” said Stang.
No matter who is on the team, Stang noted they always seem to have a good showing.
“I just know one of these years we are going to bring it home because it’s so difficult with theatre and improv … when it comes down to improv, anything can happen on any given night. You can prepare as much as you want and you can be as good as an improvisor as you want, but when it comes down to the show night, anything can happen,” he said.
Grade 12 student Kierra Payne came away with some hardware herself, as she received the “Karen Towsley Kick Butt and Sparkle” Award.
The award is awarded to the person who has shown characteristics that embody improv such as being a leader, positive and more.
“It was really exciting,” Payne said of the win.
Stang said she really deserved the award and was proud of her to receive it out of all the others nominated.
“She really embodies the spirit of the improv games, which is being supportive, living in the moment, being a caring supportive leader. I was so proud when her name got announced, you can tell the whole team was so happy to see her win that,” he said.
Each team nominates a person for the award, however, in this particular circumstance it was the LCHS team who showed their support for Payne, and wasn’t just their teacher Stang who wrote out why she should win.
“They wrote all over the paper, so my nomination had everything from my team that they wanted to tell me … it was really sweet,” she said.
Some comments written by her teammates were Payne being like their mother hen, the wise owl, and turned out to be the best friend someone made in high school.
“It was really powerful words to hear from them,” said Stang. “It was so personalized, it even shocked me I didn’t realize how big of an impact Kierra has had on some of the younger improvisors.
After winning this award Payne will now get to go to Vancouver to an improv camp in August.
“I was thinking how cool it would be, but I couldn’t really afford to do it myself, and then just knowing I get to do that without having to sacrifice money was really cool,” she said.
Payne joined improv when she was in Grade 11 and hasn’t looked back ever since. She said she likes that she is able to be silly.
“I can pretend to be the most ridiculous character and nobody is going to judge me for that because it’s improv and that’s what you do,” she explained. “Improv gives you a whole world to explore, so that’s exciting.”
To check out the LCHS Improv Club they have the Improv Maestro Show today. The show is at 7 p.m., students are $2 and adults are $5.