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One-man Vaudeville act entertains middle school

Tuesday, February 6, 2001

The Storm Lake Middle School hosted a special, live theater presentation of the Education Touring Theatre's program, "The Turn of the Century Showcase" Thursday.

Styled as an old-time Vaudeville show, "Showcase" celebrated the dawn of the 20th Century in America. The performance featured the incomparable humor of Mark Twain, the dynamic oratory of Teddy Roosevelt and the moving poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar.

This unique, one-man presentation was performed by professional actor Neil Spencer. He played the banjo, juggled knives and performed what he called, "bad magic tricks."

"This was a new program this year, where I played seven or eight different characters," Spencer said. "I had some big surprises to share with the students. They seemed to really enjoy it. I hope they learned from it."

Spencer has been acting professionally since 1979. In addition to his work with the Educational Touring Theatre, his credits include performances for Tacoma Actors Guild, the Guthrie Theatre, CLIMB Theatre and Horse Cave Theatre.

Read the rest of this article in the 2/03 Pilot Tribune.

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