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the Art of Silence

Monday, January 22, 2001

It's an art form that dates back to the ancient Greeks. In modern times mime found its heyday in the era of silent films, where actors such as Charlie Chaplain brought the "silent art" to perfection.

Students at Storm Lake High School are follower of the craft, and are taking it in new directions.

Students Cami Bowers and April DeWall received second place at the State Thespian Convention for their mime about the affects of drunk driving. They will be bringing a new routine to speech contest this year, with "No Strings Attached." Two other students, Beth Julius and Kelly Loucks will be presenting their own "Food for Thought."

When it comes to miming, it's all about expressing feelings.

"You have to be able to make the facial expressions," Loucks said. For their current mime, "Food for Thought," she said it is especially important. The secret is to be able to visualize the action in your mind while performing, she said.

"You have to picture the food before you can actually act it," she said.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/20 Pilot Tribune.

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