The Garin College senior theatresports team, clockwise from left: Jed Frethey, Hamish Shelly, Jade Alborn, Megan Ritchie and John Noble. Photo: Kate Russell.

Nelson students make it up as they go along


There will be no rules when secondary school students from around the region take the stage at the Suter for the regional theatresports finals.

The senior competition is on next Tuesday night and will see the best young improv actors battle it out for the 2019 trophy in teams of four to six.

Organiser Nikkie Karki says audiences can expect some “spontaneous and hilarious” storytelling.

“With improv there are really no rules. They really have to work as a team and think on their feet. It can be challenging, but it’s great for their self-confidence and the talent is amazing.

“It’s really about selling it and taking risks. There is also a really nice camaraderie between all the teams.”

The winners will go on to compete in the national competition in Christchurch later this year.

Last year, Garin College took out the junior competition while Nelson College for Girls won the senior section.

The schools competing this year are Waimea College, Nelson College for Girls, Garin College and Golden Bay High School, with the junior teams performing last night.

“If you want to laugh yourself off your seats and enjoy some on-the-spot never seen before scenes, which will be very entertaining, come along and support our senior teams next week,” says Nikkie.

The senior final is on Tuesday, 6 August from 7 – 9:30pm at the Suter. Tickets are available from www. and are $12 for students and $15 for adults. There will also be cash sales at the door.