“A Night at the Improv” raises over $1,400 for St. Marys Refugee Sponsorship Group

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The onstage participants of “A Night At The Improv” were, back row, pictured from left: Max Longfield, Fern Pridham, co-host Liane Gregory-Sterritt, Rob Anderson, Shelley Lepkowski. Middle row: Laura Teskey, co-host Kristen Keller, Don Van Galen. Front: Marsha MacLeod.
By Dan Rankin
There was uproarious laughter and impressive improvisation at St. Marys Town Hall last Friday night – and Council wasn’t even in session. It was, of course, “A Night At The Improv,” presented by St. Marys Community Players, Stratford Improv and the Mirth and Mayhem Improv Brigade to benefit the St. Marys Refugee Sponsorship Group.
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Dress rehearsal three: Playing the “Dating Game” during a dress rehearsal for “A Night At The Improv” are, from left, improvisers Don Van Galen, Liane Gregory-Sterritt, Kristen Keller and Shelley Lepkowski.

On the refugee sponsorship group’s Facebook page the following day, they posted “Many, many thanks to all those who made ‘A Night at the Improv’ such a great success.” Not only was $1,400 raised, they wrote, “but the whole night seemed to be alive with an energy of caring. Thank you!”
Featuring a number of improv games that would be familiar to viewers of the show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, the night was co-hosted by SMCP’s Liane Gregory-Sterritt and Kristen Keller of Stratford Improv. It also featured the improvisational talents of Max Longfield, Fern Pridham, Rob Anderson, Shelley Lepkowski, Laura Teskey and Don Van Galen. John Stevens and Anne Ciuciura lent a hand in the audio/visual booth.
St. Marys Refugee Sponsorship is expecting a three-generation family of seven, including a grandmother, her three adult daughters, son-in-law and two infant grandchildren, to arrive in town later this month. A Facebook post by the group on Nov. 25 indicated that an apartment has been found for the family to live in together when they arrive. Anyone interested in donating items to their new home is invited to contact coordinator Marion Jackson Tyler at jimandmarion@rogers.com.
Over at the refugee sponsorship group’s donation page (donate.mcccanada.ca/registry/st-marys-refugee-sponsorship-group) they have raised over $20,000 towards their goal of $50,000.