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Alta speech students will perform at state contest in Spencer Saturday

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Over 2,000 aspiring young actors and actresses from 92 high schools, including Alta, will travel to Spencer, Saturday, Feb. 7, to take part in the Northwest State Speech Contest of the Large Group Speech Division of the Iowa High School Speech Association. Spencer High School will host the event.

To qualify for this state contest, each group had to compete at a district contest on Jan. 24 at various other sites throughout the state, and receive an Excellent "I" rating there.

Students in Large Group Speech compete in 10 different areas, which include: Ensemble acting, group mime, solo mime, T.V. news broadcasting, radio broadcasting, group improvisation, musical theatre, choral reading, readers' theatre, and one-act play.

Entries from these 92 schools will make for a marathon of theatrical events on Saturday, which will include the performance of 21 one-act plays, 28 choral readings, 44 readers' theaters, 89 ensemble acting scenes 36 group mimes, 19 solo mimes, 100 group improvisational scenes, and 11 T.V. news broadcasts, 25 radio news broadcasts, and 26 musical theatre scenes.

The state contest events will be held at the old middle school auditorium, the high school Little Theatre, and all of the Spencer High School classrooms and facilities.The school is located at 3 East 7th St.

Performances will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, and are all open to the public. A complete schedule of events for the day will be available at the high school office on Saturday. Admission to the full day of contest events is a suggested $3 donation.

No pictures, cameras or videotapes are allowed during performances on the contest day. Please don't wear any Alta apparel into the performance rooms. Performers' schools are to remain anonymous to the judges.

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