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It’s funny, but Grimm - ELC one-act ensemble to perform at All State

12-member group among elite in Iowa

February 21, 2014
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville News

For the second year in a row, Estherville Lincoln Central is sending a one-act play to All State-but this time the local group will get to perform after attending last year as non-performers.

The group of 12 students travel to the All State Speech Contest today, Feb. 22, at the Iowa State Center in Ames. The students will perform the "Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon," a script that combines all the Grimm stories in a faced-paced comedy. Some of the stories are Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, The Talking Fox and Snow White.

"It's a campy comedy-fast-aced and energetic," said ELC speech coach Amy Condon.

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ELC’s one-act ensemble will perform at All-State in Ames. Sitting, from left, are Michaela Stein, Tristan Waterman, Brianna Enerson, Becca Lair; standing are Kyle Marks, Maddie Rimmer, Emily Slaughter, Maddy Burns, Colten Christensen and Shawntel Schwidder. Not pictured is Darian Stein.
Photo by David Swartz

"It's a fun twist on Disney fairy tales," said cast member Brianna Enerson.

Members of the one-act play ensemble are Shawntel Schwidder, Kyle Marks, Michaela Stein, Becca Lair, Brianna Enerson, Maddy Burns, Tristan Waterman, Maddie Rimmer, Colten Christensen, Dakota Moffitt, Emily Slaughter and Darian Stein.

Condon said all but one of the students plays multiple characters.

"For example, Kyle Marks plays Narrator 1, the Devil, a prince, a dwarf and Snow White," Condon said.

"It's a lot of fun to play all the characters," said Marks. "I hope it's fun for the audience too. This play has a lot of laughs."

Lair plays The Girl, Gretel, Prince No. 2 and Cinderella.

"I like that's it a comedy," she said. "It's so much fun to do it."

The students have been practicing since Dec. 13-four days a week for an hour to an hour and half.

"We worked hard on this play and it shows through when we perform," said Michaela Stein. "It is fun, fantastic and people should watch us at All State."

To earn the right to perform at All State, the students first performed at the district competition on Jan. 25. The play must average a 'I', a superior rating. The students then performed at state on Feb. 8. Again there are three judges.

Condon said the group not only needed a superior rating, but also a 'nod' or 'nomination' from the judges as one of the top picks. The judges do not confer to bestow this honor, but make their picks independently.

"Only eight one-act plays across the state get to perform at All State," said Condon. "There were 191 one-act plays across the state this year."

The ELC students are scheduled to perform their "Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" at 1:35 p.m.



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