January is here, bringing with it cold, snow and, with the holidays behind us, a dearth of things to do.
Sometimes you just need a day of entertainment.
Luckily, I have just the thing for you.
This Saturday, January 22, Spencer High School is playing host to the district Large Group Speech contest.
It promises a day of great entertainment, at a bargain basement price of $3.
You can watch talented high school students from 16 area schools in a wide array of productions. From solo and group mime to musical theatre; improvisation to ensemble acting; there's no better way to chase away the winter blues.
If plays are your thing, settle in to a seat at the old middle school auditorium and watch one, or all, of the eight one-act plays to be performed between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. You can see dramas, comedies, classics and undiscovered gems. At just 30 minutes each, the plays are little nuggets of goodness.
All the other activities take place at the high school. Starting at 9 a.m., the halls will be filled with excited laughter, scales sung by musical theatre players, and the excitement that makes even the oldest, and crabbiest, of us feel young again.
You can try a little choral reading, then skip over to reader's theatre. Then pop over to another classroom to take in radio broadcasting contestants.
Hmm, doesn't that sound better than a day spent organizing your spice rack, or cleaning out your closets?
These young people, and their directors, have put hours and hours of time, over the past weeks, rehearsing their lines, honing their craft, and preparing for their big day. They're competing for the opportunity to advance to the state competition, Feb. 5, at Sioux City East High School. And, the top of the ladder? The All-State Festival, February 19 at the Iowa State Center in Ames.
You don't have to be a parent, or a grandparent, to attend on Saturday. In fact, these young people deserve to have a large audience on hand.