Destination Imagination’s Improv Nights on Sept. 28, Oct. 5 & 11

The Melrose chapter of Destination Imagination is now taking registrations for K-12 teams and Team Managers for the 2016-2017 tournament season.

Groups of 2-7 kids of similar age form a team, choose a Central Challenge, and work collaboratively over a period of a few months on solutions to that challenge. Teams also practice “Instant Challenges” to learn quick thinking and teamwork. Teams then present their technical and theatrical solutions at a regional DI tournament in March. Winning teams go on to showcase their work at a State tournament.

The hallmark of DI is “no interference.” Kids work completely independently on creative ideas and trial-and-error solutions to challenges. Parents do not assist with costumes, props, scripts, or ideas.

“Kids aren’t looking to adults and saying ‘should we do this?’ but rather looking to each other and saying ‘Okay, how can we do this?’” says Kate Cable Murphy, DI Team Manager from the 2015/16 season. “My favorite thing is seeing how proud the kids are because they can look at their creations and know that they alone are the ones who thought of it, designed it, and built it. Everything they bring forward is entirely their own.”

Melrose DI will host several free “Improv Nights” for kids and parents to try out the program, ask questions, and potentially partner up with other parents and kids interested in forming a DI team for this season. Interested kids and parents are encouraged to attend all to get a full picture of the program.

September 28: try technical building challenges
October 5: try fun improv games to learn team-building and theatrical skills
October 11: parent Q&A, tips for starting a team

6:15 – 7:00pm for grades K-2
7:00 – 8:15pm for grades 3 and up

Unitarian Universalist Church basement
70 W. Emerson Street, Melrose
For additional information, email, visit, or search “Melrose Destination Imagination” on facebook.


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