Dallas Center-Grimes sends 23 groups to state large group speech contest on Saturday

Allison Ullmann - Editor
One of Dallas Center-Grimes’ musical theater groups rehearses “Gentleman’s Guide” during the district large group contest on Jan. 26 at Perry. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/DALLAS COUNTY NEWS

Dallas Center-Grimes High School had 23 groups advance to the state large group speech contest on Saturday.

Out of 27 total groups, 23 received division one ratings on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the district contest in Perry.

The district contest was orginally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19 but weather prompted it to be rescheduled to Wednesday, Jan. 23. Weather again played havoc with the schedule, as the contest was again moved to Jan. 26.

Speech Coach Anne Frett said that after the two delays, they were relieved to finally compete in the district contest.

“Our students were diligent workers and conscientious about making the new schedule work,” Frett said. “I was proud of the way they used the extra week to grow as actors and develop their characters. What seemed like a disadvantage (having to wait to go to districts) may have ended up working in our favor.”

That may have been the case for the 23 groups advancing to the state contest.

The following high school groups received division one ratings at the Jan. 26 district contest:

  • Choral Reading
  • Reader’s Theater
  • TV News
  • Radio News
  • Musical Theater (Bring it On)
  • Musical Theater (Urinetown: The Musical)
  • Musical Theater (Gentleman’s Guide)
  • Improv (Ewalt)
  • Improv (Charson)
  • Improv (Pierce)
  • Film (Just Desserts)
  • Film (My Two Friends)
  • One Act
  • Group Mime (Death Comes for Us All)
  • Solo Mime (Run for Your Life)
  • Ensemble (Enigma Variations)
  • Ensemble (13 Ways… Interview)
  • Ensemble (To Burn a Witch)

The following freshman groups are also advancing to the state contest:

  • Reader’s Theater
  • Improv (America)
  • Ensemble (Love, Loss, and What I Wore)
  • Ensemble (Lockdown)
  • Ensemble (Crushed)

All 23 groups will next compete at the state large group speech contest on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 at Valley High School. The high school one act play will perform on Friday, Feb. 1, with the remaining groups competeing on Feb. 2.

“We are really looking forward to State Competition on Saturday,” Frett said. “We will be taking 110 kids and they are excited for the opportunity!”