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NDDHS Juniors Win Improv Title
NDDHS Juniors Win Improv Title
Posted on 12/15/2015

North Dundas DHS Junior Team Wins
SD&G Improv Championship

(Pictured above: Members of The Stereotypes improv team are pictured at the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry High School Improv Championship. Pictured back row, left to right, are: Erika Suttle, Veronica Thompson, and Destiny Workman-Suttle. Pictured front row, left to right, are: Tasha Soltesz, Emily Cooper, and Maddie Quesnel.)

by Mark Calder 

(Winchester) - Physicality.

In a word, that’s what helped the North Dundas District High School (NDDHS) junior team win the 2015 Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry High School Improv Championship, held at NDDHS on December 10.

The team, known as “The Stereotypes,” was comprised of Erika Suttle, Veronica Thompson, Destiny Workman-Suttle, Tasha Soltesz, Emily Cooper, and Maddie Quesnel. The all-female squad edged out seven other teams to take this year’s championship. Students from NDDHS, Tagwi Secondary School, Glengarry District High School, and St. Lawrence Secondary School took part in this year’s event.

Poirier said the animated, physical nature of the girls’ performances won the judges over, particularly Thompson’s comic interpretation of a teacher instructing students how to use body movements to attract the opposite sex, and a team “adventure performance” about animals and hunting.

“The girls were very kinesthetic and uninhibited in their movements,” explained Poirier. “In an adventure scene about animals and hunting the girls were very impressive. They didn’t just stand and talk, they were willing to crawl on the stage and to be absurd in their physical performances.”

Other results of the competition were: The Rebellious Reindeer, second, Glengarry District High School; Riot, third (tie), Tagwi Secondary School; The Comedic Chemists, third, (tie), Tagwi Secondary School; 3-D Gamers, first, consolation, St. Lawrence Secondary School/Tagwi Secondary School; The Breakfast Club, second, consolation, North Dundas District High School; Donnie’s Disappearance, third, consolation, St. Lawrence Secondary School; and Scrap, fourth, consolation, St. Lawrence Secondary School.

While there was only one overall winner at the event, the act of competing in improv yields tremendous benefits for all who participate, stressed Poirier.

“The level of ways kids improve is wonderful for our students,” explained Poirier of the improv experience.

“The self-confidence they build when they get up on stage and put themselves out there, well, it’s a huge step for many of these kids. It helps them in creating a sense of self and builds a sense of teamwork.”

The annual competition has been taking place for more than two decades, and counts alumni such as Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling among its fold.

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