Spencer marks 40th consecutive All-State Festival appearance
On Monday of this week, high school drama groups, who received the coveted Outstanding Performance Awards for their presentations at the Large Group Speech state contests held in the four geographic regions of the state Saturday, were announced by the state office of Iowa High School Speech Association in Des Moines.
In record setting fashion, Spencer High School students, were informed that seven of their groups were the recipients of the Outstanding Performance Award. These awards are given out to those groups who, in the state contest judges' opinion, were the "best of the best," and stood out over and above all of the other performances that they saw the day of the contest.
In addition to these group awards, two Spencer High School theater students, Rachel Sather and Hannah Zulk, became the first Spencer students in the 40-year history of the Super State All-State Festival to have each earned eight Outstanding Performance Awards during their four years at Spencer High School.
These groups will now advance to the Super State All-State Festival's 40th anniversary conducted at Iowa State University in Ames on Saturday, Feb. 21. This festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary of existence this year, consists of the groups from around the state who received Outstanding Performance Awards at the state contest level.
Spencer High School now has the distinction of being the only high in the state of Iowa to have qualified and performed at the Super State All-State Festival for all 40 years of it's existence. During all 40 years, the drama students have been under the direction of Larry Untiet.
Spencer High School groups who received the Outstanding Performance Awards this year were:
READER'S THEATRE: "The Perils of Lulu"
GROUP MIME: "Video Classics Revisited"
ENSEMBLE ACTING: "Kindertransport"
ENSEMBLE ACTING: "A Defenseless Creature"
ENSEMBLE ACTING: "The Wooden Pear"
MUSICAL THEATRE: "All That Fosse!"
MUSICAL THEATRE: "The Secret Garden"
SHS drama students post high marks at state
Drama students from Spencer High School competed against more than 100 schools and 2,000 students at the Northwest Iowa State Large Group Speech Contest at Sioux City East High School on Saturday.
Spencer entered 17 different groups in the areas of one-act play, choral reading, readers' theatre, musical theatre, ensemble acting, group mime, solo mime, short film and group improvisation. Of the 17, 16 groups, involving 81 of Spencer's Large Group Speech students, emerged with Excellent "I" ratings; and one group, involving three students, received a Good "II" rating. These totals, along with those from the District Contest conducted Jan. 24, helped Spencer High School to achieve two landmark totals, surpassing century marks in two categories. In the past 40 years, Spencer has now earned a total of 518 District Contest Excellent "I" ratings and 429 State Contest Excellent "I" ratings.
Spencer High School has the distinction of being the only high school in the state of Iowa to have qualified and performed at the Super State All-State Festival for all 39 years of its existence. In the past 39 years, Spencer High School has qualified 208 different groups for the festival, including 28 choral readings, 50 ensemble acting scenes, 44 group mimes, 17 one-act plays, 27 reader's theatres, 17 solo mimes, 13 group improvisation scenes and 12 musical theatre scenes.
Large Group Speech is under the direction of Larry Untiet, who is assisted by Katie Kardell (Musical Theatre director), Eric Meeter (Short Film advisor), Jennifer Hansel (choreographer), Kayla Tjaden (choreographer) and student assistant directors: Jordan Hansen, Hannah Zulk, Josh Hinrichsen, Lindsey Hassman, Elizabeth Feldmann and Autumn Ellis.
Spencer groups receiving Excellent "I" Ratings were as follows:
"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" performed by Austin Crew, Molly Schlichtemeir, Sarah Rekow, Nick Sundblad, Katie Zimmer, Hannah Thurman, Cole Jacobson, Chloe Hefner, David Holt, Bill Phillips, Wil Heaton ,Tim Steele, Wren Vogelschmidt, Makenzie Conor, Natalie Jacobson, Hallee Mingus, Abbie Hinrichsen, Claire Christianson, Emma Holst, Catherine Glacken, Makenzie Folsom, Megan Hinrichsen, Chloe Hefner, Hunter Miller, Cal Noah, Maddie Heaton, Ian Stoever, Cole Jacobson, Kelly Izard, Kennedy Runkle, Jacob Sweet, Jenna Schauer, Katie Polaschek, Madison Miller, Jaydn Allen, Lauren Hansen, Katlyn Hassman, Gloria McKenney, Miranda Heisinger, Rahnhild Kirlehos, Kayla Sweet, Grace Winslow, Emma Schwarck, Nathan Strohman
"There's No Business Like Show Business!" performed by Skye Cauthron, Taylor Rouse, Megan Hinrichsen, Lindsey Hassman, Elizabeth Feldmann, Delaney Weeks, Jade Barnes, Olivia Hamilton, Molly Schlichtemeier, Tim Steele, Erick Phillips, Alex Kaldahl, Josh Hinrichsen, Austin Crew, Casey Cunningham
"The Perils of Lulu" performed by Blake Carlson, Morgan Merrill, Josh Hinrichsen, Katie Simpson, Ryan Crew, Rachel Sather, Brandt Roskens, Sara Studer
"All That Fosse!" performed by Taylor Rouse, Hannah Boyens, Rachel Sather, Lauren Sather, Hannah Zulk, Jordan Hansen
"The Secret Garden" performed by Ryan Crew, Alex Kaldahl, Matthew Sather, Brandt Roskens, Emma Wicks, Katie Simpson
"Kinderstransport" performed by Jordan Hansen, Hannah Zulk, Nikki Johnson, Emma Wicks, Lauren Sather
"The Wooden Pear" performed by Matthew Sather, Hannah Boyens
"The Defenseless Creature" performed by Blake Carlson, Morgan Merrill, Casey Cunningham
"Video Classics Revisited" performed by Justine Meendering, Lindsey Hassman, Liz Feldmann, Nikki Johnson,
"Music Box Mayhem" performed Delaney Weeks, Natalie Jacobson, Hannah Thurman, Emma Holst, Kelly Izard
"The Puppeteers' Preposterous Predicament" performed by Maddie DeWitt, Hallee Mingus, Abbie Hinrichsen, Jenna Schaurer, Sydney Salton
"The Circle of Life" performed by Maren Taylor
"Twas The Night Before Circus" performed by Lauren Boyd
"The Magic Ball" performed by Arjeta Veliu
"Twenty After Four on a Tuesday" performed by Reagan Wilson, Autumn Ellis, Shelby Betz, Bailey Dickman, Nathan Strohman, Carissa Cummings, Makenzie Folsom, Maren Taylor, Lauren Boyd, Ian Stoever, Kayla Sweet, Cedar Vogelschmidt, Brady Swanson, Brody Groen, Wren Vogelschmidt
"At An Unusual Doctor's Office" performed by Cedar Vogelschmidt, Reagan Wilson, Brady Swanson, Justine Meendering
The following Spencer group received Excellent "II" rating:
"At Your 45th Pre-School Class Reunion" performed by Jade Barnes, Olivia Hamilton, Darrian Adkins