(Photo by Brandon Barb)
The 15 Spencer High School groups receiving "I" ratings will give a public performance at "Thursday Night Live!" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Old Spencer Middle School Auditorium.
Spencer High School drama students competed in the district contest of the Iowa High School Speech Association for Large Group Speech on Saturday at Spencer High School. Competing against participants from 16 other northwest Iowa high schools, the Spencer students came away with 15 Excellent "I" ratings and one "Good" "II" rating.
The 15 groups receiving "I" ratings earned the right to advance and compete in the Northwest Iowa State Contest, which will be conducted Saturday, Feb. 2 at Le Mars Community High School.
At the state level, students will also be competing for the coveted Outstanding Performance Award, which earns them a trip to the "Super State" All-State Festival to be held at Iowa State University in Ames on Feb. 15-16.
All of these groups will give a public performance at "Thursday Night Live!" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at the Old Spencer Middle School Auditorium.
Those groups receiving Excellent "I" ratings at the district contest include:
"Requiem" performed by: Amber Ellis, Blake Carlson, Hannah Zulk, Elizabeth Heikens, Alex Kaldahl, John Culver, Sarah Rekow, Courtney Upah, Djura Postman, Lindsay Hassman, Hannah Boyens, Beth Halverson, Maggie Doyle, Shelby Anderson, Shyan Harrod, Collin Robb, Josh Hinrichsen, Ian Stoever, Cole Jacobson, Alex Kaldahl, John Quail, Lauren Schwarck (Lighting), Kayla Sweet, Elizabeth Feldmann (Follow Spot Lights), Sean McCord (Sound Effects), Nikki Johnson (Costumes), Rachel Sather (Costumes), Mallory Rustad (Make-Up), Maggie Doyle (Make-Up), Madelyn Barber (Make-Up), Kayla Shanks (Make-Up) and Morgan Merrill (Make-Up)
"From Flickers to Talkies.....Hooray for Hollywood!" performed by: Rachel Dole, Katlyn Moore, Cayla Cunningham, Olivia Baxter, Lauren Sather, Sara Studer, Hannah Boyens, Elizabeth Heikens, Nikki Johnson, John Culver, Blake Carlson, Alex Kaldahl, Ryan Crew, Matthew Sather, Josh Hinrichsen
"The Bald Soprano" performed by: Daly Tighe, Olivia Baxter, Rachel Sather, Sara Studer, Kevin Grimes, Wil Boyens, Andrew Noah
MUSICAL THEATRE (2)
"Cats" performed by: Daly Tighe, Katlyn Moore, Rachel Sather, Lauren Sather, Hannah Zulk, Jordan Hansen
"Newsies" performed by: Alecia Olson, Rachel Dole, Ryan Crew, Matthew Sather, Wil Boyens, Brandt Roskens
ENSEMBLE ACTING (3)
"Sure Thing" performed by: Kevin Grimes and Alecia Olson
"The Kissing Scene" performed by: Brandt Roskens and Cayla Cunningham
"The Dock Brief" performed by: Sean McCord and Andrew Noah
GROUP MIME (2)
"Fish Tales" performed by: Kelsey Morisch, Mallory Rustad, Sarah Rekow and Justine Meendering
"The Aggravating Ants" performed by: Nikki Johnson, Jordan Hansen, Lindsey Hassman and Elizabeth Feldmann
SOLO MIME (1)
"Dream On, Little Dreamer" performed by Camille Roberts
GROUP IMPROVISATION (2)
"Real Housewives of Iowa" performed by: Cole Jacobson, Beth Halverson and Lydia Slattery
"Crossing Guard at a NASCAR Event" performed by: Autumn Ellis, Tory Soma, Brady Swanson and John Quail
SHORT FILM (2)
"Dust to Dawn: The Night Janitor" performed by: Amber Ellis, Autumn Ellis, Megan Phillips, Tory Soma, Mallory Rustad, Kayla Shanks, Madelyn Barber and Abigale Maasen
"Where's Waldo?" performed by: Sean McCord, Casey Cunningham, Maggie Doyle, Kayla Sweet, Kelsey Morisch, Lauren Schwarck, Shyan Harrod, Mallory Johnson, Shelby Anderson, Justine Meendering and Djura Postma
This group received a Good "II" Rating:
"A Fire Drill at the Fire Department" performed by: Courtney Upah, Collin Robb and Bailey Dickman
Large Group Speech is under the direction of Hall of Fame coach Larry Untiet, who is assisted by Katie Kardell (Musical Theater Director), Erin McDermott (Choreographer), Eric Meeter (Short Film Director) and student assistant directors Sean McCord, Cayla Cunningham, Amber Ellis, Kevin Grimes II, Wil Boyens, and Rachel Dole.