Sunday, February 19, 2012

Unity on a Sunday

Today, there's some excitement at our house as my daughter's High School improv team is performing at the Northern Alberta finals of the Canadian Improv Games. The last few weeks there's been a lot of improv talk around here, and Christina has met a lot of kids from different teams through workshops she's attended. I think it's probably fair to say that she has fallen in love with the improv community.

And what's not to love? It's a big group of enthusiastic, fun-loving, quick-minded teenagers who get together to practice thinking on their feet in order to tell amazing, completely off-the-cuff stories from a single suggestion made by the audience. The team that wins today's final goes to Ottawa to compete in the Nationals, but in my mind, all the kids who have participated are already winners. Just having the guts to stand up there and turn wild ideas into full blown life, story, character or theme portrayals with their friends means the kids create a kind of magical unity of purpose, of which our world could use more.

If you haven't noticed by now, I usually like to post a video on Sunday for your viewing pleasure... and this past week, I came across one that touched me deeply the first time I saw it a couple of years back. If improv creates unity through acting, Playing for Change creates unity through music. The fellow who created this video over the course of ten years is now building schools in places that need them with the proceeds from his work. If you haven't seen it before, you're in for a treat... all these musicians singing and playing from the depths of their souls, in places all over the word. Enjoy! And good luck, improv-ers all!

5:30 p.m. -- Congratulations to all the improvisers at today's finals! You were amazing! There's even more excitement around here -- our school's teams got silver and gold! Now, to find money to send our girl to Ottawa...

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