The Global Finals tournament, the culmination of the Destination Imagination, season, is less than a week away, and the two teams are busy perfecting their performances! At Global Finals, they will compete with teams from every state and Canadian province, as well as Brazil, Colombia, England, Guatemala, South Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, China and Turkey.
Our Secondary Level team has been busy practicing putting a heavy backdrop together in under two minutes, as their time at the tournament to construct the object will be limited. The backdrop is for the team’s central skit (for the challenge “Coming Attractions.”) Today, they took a break from this (it was raining) and worked on their improvisational skit (for the “News to Me” challenge.) For this skit, the team is required to research six news articles from different categories published no more than ten days before the tournament. At the tournament, the team will randomly select one of these articles, among other improv elements, and incorporate research into an impromptu scenario. With ten days left until the team’s Global Finals performance, they started their research.
After several hours of reading, voting, and note taking, six articles were selected. The studying and rehearsal can now begin!
Since polishing up their performance, the SolarNauts’ preparation mainly includes costume and prop repair, as well as practice, practice and more practice! Their challenge, “The Solar Stage” requires them to perform in the dark, so today the kids decorated their costumes with glow in the dark paint and worked on their main prop, a solar energy prototype dubbed “The Beam Machine” constructed from cardboard refrigerator boxes, tin foil, egg cartons, coffee cup holders and lots of other recycled items.
After they were finished, the kids worked on creating duct tape costumes and hats to wear for fun during the tournament and to the “Duct Tape Ball” an event that takes place at Global Finals Thursday night, after competition takes a break for the evening.
There’s still lots of work left to complete this week!