TIFT presents Improv Olympics

Talk Is Free Theatre is bringing back Carleigh Aikins to teach the spring installment of the Improv Olympics. A Barrie native, Aikins is no stranger to TIFT productions and was instrumental in establishing the theatre’s educational programs as its previous director of education.
Using popular games and exercises, Improv Olympics aims to spark improvisation in its participants. The program wraps up with the Final Games, where teams will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, as judged by a panel of TIFT experts and professionals.
The goal of the program is to help students gain confidence and self-esteem, exercise their imagination and creative-writing skills, and will help improve social interactions with their peers, according to a TIFT press release.
“I’m delighted to welcome Carleigh back for this round of Improv Olympics. She’s one key reason why TIFT has achieved such an overwhelming participation rate from area’s children and youth. I am very pleased that she found the time in her busy schedule to rejoin us while attending Ontario College of Art and Design,” said TIFT artistic director Arkady Spivak.
The program is planned for two weekends: April 30-May 1 and May 7-8. Classes for students aged six to nine are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The 10-14 age group gets together 2-5 p.m. All sessions are held at TIFT’s Educational Centre at Suite 19, 230 Bayview Drive.
To register please call TIFT Box Office at (705) 792-1949, or visit Suite 20-230 Bayview Drive, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost to register is $110 per person.

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