The Makeshifts pose for a photo.
(Pictured above: Members of "The Makeshifts" pose for a photo after winning the 25th Annual Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Secondary School Improv League Finals. Picture back row, left to right, are: Kelsey Villeneuve, Daryl Blondin, Gaby Robinson-Cadieux, and Brody Wood. Pictured front row, left to right, are: Sarah Caddell and Rowan McPherson.)

“The Makeshifts” SDG Secondary School
Improv League Champs

Glengarry District High School Squad Wings Way to Top at Finals

(Cornwall) – The “Makeshifts” are masters of Improv for 2016.

The team from Glengarry District High School edged out North Dundas District High School Thursday to win the 25th Annual Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Secondary School Improv League Finals, held at St. Lawrence Secondary School.

The quick-witted team won 5-4 over the “FBI Construction Workers," one of two squads from North Dundas. The Makeshifts kept the audience entertained as they winged their way through four topics: “The Good Old Days,” “The Future,” “Dead End,” and “Wide Open.” 

In the B finals, Tagwi Secondary School’s “Toy Story 5” defeated St. Lawrence Secondary School’s "The Walking Bread" 4-3 to take concession gold.

While only two teams won, Co-convener Al Merizzi said every student benefitted because Improv competition develops important life skills.

“It helps students understand the concepts of working as a team and cooperation,” said Merizzi. “It builds their self-confidence and the ability to think on their feet. These skills will prove useful when they get to the work world.”

North Dundas's "League of Misfits" and St. Lawrence Secondary School’s "The Trumpettes" finished third and fourth respectively in A Finals competition. Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School’s "The Casual Coffee Drinkers" placed 3rd in B Finals competition, while Rothwell-Osnabruck School's "Sunshine State of Mind" placed fourth. 

The championship was judged by radio personality Jamie Carr, and Seaway Valley Theatre Company members Cathy Durham and Michael DeWolfe. Refereeing at the championship was Upper Canada District School Board retired teacher Robert Poirier, one of the founders of the league.

Posted December 12, 2016

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Contact Information
Teacher Alain Merizzi
Co-convener
Phone: (613) 933-8410
Email: alain.merizzi@ucdsb.on.ca