Students blow off steam and stress of university in a variety of ways. They party, drink, play video games or have sex. Then there are clubs. With an incredibly diverse array of clubs, there is one that has been longstanding at Mount Royal; the improv club, Improvination. It has been a well-established club since its formation in 2010, and has had been garnering attention by other improv groups. It is operated by dedicated group of fun loving, off the cuff individuals, who all share a passion for unscripted scene creation.
The club is run by members who have come to love the club and love improv with a passion. Many of the execs have been members for a few years. These members are Doug Toner- President, Bronte Christie- VP External, Georgia Longphee- VP Internal, Megan Henlisia- Social Media, Ashlee Macken-Rocliffe- Treasurer
Christie, stated its “a great way to de-stress after a week of craziness that is university”. Considering university is something that is to be taken seriously, and by proxy, stress-fully, the club prides itself on being the opposite. One of the things that its heavily emphasized by Improvination is that attendance isn’t mandatory, and it is one of the clubs that does not charge students membership fees. The club finances itself from live performances.
Listen HERE for execs Bronte and Megan have to say about the club.
Each meeting typically involves doing scenes or improv games to sharpen creative thinking, bring people out of their comfort zone of performing, and have a good time. Outside of the normal routine meetings, the club members actively perform with other groups. Club members have performed in festivals around Alberta and Saskatchewan; and have collaborated with the improvisers from University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, and University of Regina.
Aside from collaborating with other schools, the club has had professional improv artists come in and teach classes. Andrew Phung, Alexa MacKell, Anyssa McKee, Quinn Contin, and Tom Smith (club founder).
They welcome anyone who wants to join. Its process is easier than getting into Mount Royal. There are zero audition processes, or applications. All you need to do is show up. Obligations of the club are minimum. It’s not a necessity to go to every meeting, though you may miss something hilarious if you don’t go.
If you are ever interested in going, trying something new, wanting a laugh, or just hanging out. Improvination meets every Thursday in X303 at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. MST. You can check out more information on their Facebook page.