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Improv Competition Goes Off with a Hiss and Hiyah

By | November 18, 2015

The first annual junior improvisation competition for Hawke’s Bay schools went off with a hiss and HIYAH!


Held at Napier Girls’ High School, the teams of Year 9 and 10 improvisers from Napier Girls’, Karamu, Napier Boys’ and Havelock North High schools plus Woodford competed in a series of challenging games for the coveted prize, Iggy the Improv Imp.

Our Woodford Ninjas: Steph Goodwin, Lizzie Harvey, Amelia Foster, Ruby Andrews, Pamel Kaur and Elise Maiorana did us proud with the technical skill, storylines and entertainment values needed to win over the judges, coming in at a stunning first place. From ‘Death in a minute’ to ‘Slow motion commentary’ they had the skill of any black belted warrior and even the challenge game of ‘Speak in one Voice’ couldn’t throw their mojo.

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A big thank you needs to go to our very own Chief Ninja, Mrs Miller-Matcham, who put in all the hard work behind the scenes, not only to whip our Ninjas-to-be into shape, but also to make the competition a reality in the first place.

Thanks also to my fellow Assistant Ninja, Laura Matthews, whose commitment and smiling face really made a difference. And to the rest of the Improvisers Brotherhood, thanks for all the supporting/heckling/distracting you have done over this journey, you really brought the ruckus.

A massive well done to the Woodford Ninjas. The hard work you put in shone through so brightly during the competition – you blew me and the audience away. The only task left is to find a place for the trophy.

Michaela-Rose Tripp, Year 12