CYT Chicago wrote an article in their newsletter “The Point” this month, about their participation at the 2010 National Improvathon in San Diego. The article, Chicago Competes at Improvathon!, interviewed the teams’ participants, as well as praised their Suburban Safari Improv Team, who placed 2nd.
Here is the article in full:
CYT Chicago sent three improv teams (4 Fish & a Cliff, Suburban Safari & Rockford Raisin Bran) to compete in the CYT National Improvathon in San Diego, CA. There were total of 21 teams competing this year and some great laughs from all the teams.
Congrats to all the Chicago teams and to SUBURBAN SAFARI for placing 2nd!
Some thoughts from the improvisors:
I really enjoyed my experience in improv this year. I have made so many new friends who I will be friends with for a long time. The whole San Diego trip was and will be the highlight of my year. -Tim
Improv was a life changing experience this year. We have been rehearsing since January with coaches that taught us not only about improv skills and teamwork, but how to give all the glory to God while doing so. We met tons of new friends, competed among 21 teams, and gave all the glory to God, we ended up taking a second place medal home with us to Chicago! -Victoria
Improvathon started as something I just did on Thursday nights, the practice was fun, and the kids were nice. However, near those last weeks, my whole team, and the entire group all got really close, we grew towards our team, and not only that, but God also. In the end, we came home in 2nd place. Without 3 key things, I don’t think we could have gotten there: 1: Our coaches, Dave, Lindsey, and Kristen were ALWAYS giving helpful advice, and encouraging us to do our best and have fun. 2: Our teams, if we messed the game up, we were all able to get back up after it because we were there for each other. We would get knocked down, pick each other up, and keep on fightin’. 3: The Lord, and this was without doubt the biggest. The Lord gave this opportunity, and from then on let us decide if we would give Him the glory, or ourselves. Overall this was an amazing experience, and I hope to do it again! – Grant
Check out Rockford Raisin Bran’s performance on Facebook.