Pella Christian High School will host the seventh annual City-Wide Speech Night on Saturday evening, February 1, 2014 at 7 p.m., in Vermeer Auditorium. The festival will showcase all the 2014 Large Group Speech events of both city high schools — Pella Community and Pella Christian High. A free-will donation will be taken.
Pella Christian High’s speech program is under the direction of Marlo Van Peursem with assistance by Lisa Van Gilst and Pella High’s speech program is under the direction of Suzi Jones with assistance by Ashlee Whittington.
“It is always been a great evening for our two schools to get together on this night,” said Van Peursem. “We encourage the community to come out and watch the performances.”
The fine arts evening will include events from both schools in Readers Theatre, Choral Readers, Ensemble Acting, Musical Theatre, and Improv. Events will follow one after the other in two different centers at Pella Christian.
The night will also include a performance from each school’s one-act entry. Pella High will be performing the one-act It’s a Wonderful Life and Pella Christian will perform The 11th for their one-act.
“These students have a lot in common and it’s always great to see them build friendships across the schools and support each other,” said Van Peursem.
Both schools competed last week Saturday, January 25, at Pleasantville High School in the Iowa High School Speech Association’s District Speech tournament. Those events that received Division I ratings will advance to the State tournament on Saturday, February 8 at Linn- Mar High School in Marion.
Pella High School had 20 entries at Districts with 12 earning “one” ratings and advancing to the State Contest. Pella Christian entered six speech events with four receiving I’s and advancing to the State competition.
PCHS students earning a I in Readers Theatre for “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” were Courtney Griggs, Breanna Terpstra, Jenna Vander Pol, Kara Zondervan, Karla De Bruin, Anna Burg, Emmalyne Farwell and Jalayna Morgan.
PC’s Choral Reading piece, “Fatality,” also earning a I, included Cory Van Gilst, Nick Van Beek, Jessi Vos, Karyn Vander Wal, Jordan Vande Kamp, Ashley Ambroson, Madison Thingstad, Kendall Van Woerkom, Emily Van Gorp, Jonathan Beltman and Derrick Jansen.
Also earning a I and advancing to State are students in PC’s one-act, “The 11th.” They include Cali Beyer, Cory Van Gilst, Nick Van Beek, Leslie Pence, Jordan Breon, Matthew Rossler, Karyn Vander Wal, Ashley Ambroson, Jimmy Beyer, Madison Thingstad, Maverick Risley, Jessi Vos, Joel Larson and Gabriel Soler.
PC’s Improv Team of Jordan Breon, Maverick Risley, Joel Larson and Derrick Jansen also received a I and will be advancing to State.
PC’s Musical Theatre piece from “Wicked” included Courtney Griggs and Jenna Van Der Pol. A second Improv team consisted of Tanner Van Maanen, Matthew Rossler, Jordan Vande Kamp and Garrett Griggs. Both received a II at Districts.
Advancing to State from Pella Community High School were:
One Act - It's A Wonderful Life - Ben Tiskevics, Caitlyn Dixson, Maria Belding, Karli Bruxvoort, Hannah Martin, Michael Schnebbe, Suzanna Hall, Colin Jones, Davis VandeSteeg, Ashley Kirkland
Musical Theatre - Young Frankenstein - Aaron VanMaanen, Tom Palmer, Claire Anderson, Nathan Clayberg, Greg Frommelt.
Musical Theatre - Annie - Mariah Kooyman, Faith Van Wyngarden, Davis VandeSteeg, Mandy Nossaman, Rebecca Schippers, Julie Van Ee.
Ensemble - Crimes of the Heart - Sydney Swanson, Claire Anderson, Autumn Moran.
Ensemble - 13 Ways to Screw Up Your College Interview - Taika Dennill, Emily Ebeling, Sam Blatt, Sarah Muller, Mikayla Huston, Shanae De Haan Burch.
Short Film - Jack Parisee, Sydney Swanson, Tanner Phelps, Alex Moore (Boy, Girl).
Short Film - Joe Gaiser, Craig Miller, Megan Kooker, Micah Criscuolo (The Fallen Star).
Mime - The New Boy - Mikayla Huston, Zong Yang, Karli Bruxvoort, Laurel Stelter, Ania Stras.
Improv - Nathan Clayberg, Aaron Van Maanen, Greg Frommelt, Jack Parisee.
Improv - Craig Miller, Joe Gaiser, Micah Criscuolo.
Radio Broadcasting - Kiley Elder, Mallory Wheeler, Chance Fryman, Carter Terpstra (KCCM).
Readers Theatre - The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged and Revised - Eleanor Witt, Kody Beller, Devin McCain and Colin Jones.