District Large Group Speech Contest Event Day Information (Now on Wed., Jan. 23)

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Postville hosts the District Large Group Speech Contest.

(Any weather related announcements will be made through the contest's website)

Participants and Guests are encouraged to use this website for all information on this contest. This includes:

Students Competed at State Thespian Festival

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On Friday, November 9, Thespian Troupe 417 traveled to UNI for the State Thespian Festival and entered four performances in to competition.

-Abram Miller, Drew Wedo, Daisy Shipp, Olivia Lansing, Kimberly Mucia, Emily Navarrao, Emilie Meyer and Violet Shipp performed in Group Acting. They received several positive comments.

-Hailey Shipp, Wilson Perez, Khiaya Burns and Aleesa Lavrenko placed third in Group Acting

- Hilary De La Rosa and Veronica Santoyo received an overall "Excellent" rating in Duet Acting

- Brayan Silva, Kelsey Mucia, Aleesa Lavrenko, Emma Heins, Katherine Munoz, Justin Hileman, Jennifer Bernal, Andrew Hernandez, Marcy Ixen, Khiaya Burns, Wilson Perez and Estevan Sanchez received a Silver Rating and a plaque for their Studio Theatre performance of "Almost, Maine".

-Out of competition, Andrew Hernandez was Troupe 417's representative to perform on the mainstage in Gallagher-Bluedorn for the All-State Cabaret. Andrew had to learn three songs before getting to festival and then spent Friday and Saturday afternoon in rehearsals learning choreography.

All performers have been rehearsing since September and their hard work payed off!

Students then spent the day on Saturday attending theatre workshops, learning skills in dance, singing, stage management, scenic design, lighting and more.

High School Thespians to Perform at State Festival

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On Friday, November 9th, 29 members of Postville's Thespian Troupe 417 will travel to UNI for the State Thespian Festival. Over the course of this two-day event, students will get to attend educational workshops, watch several performances and meet with college representatives.

Troupe 417 is also entering four acting pieces into competition: Hilary De La Rosa and Veronica Santoyo will be performing a scene from "30 Reasons Not to Be in a Play" in Duet Acting; Aleesa Lavrenko, Hailey Shipp, Wilson Perez and Khiaya Burns will be performing "Double Wedding" in Group Acting; Drew Wedo, Abram Miller, Daisy Shipp, Violet Shipp, Olivia Lansing, Kimberly Mucia, Emilie Meyer and Emily Navarro will be performing a scene from "Any Body for Tea?" in Group Acting; Brayan Silva, Kelsey Mucia, Emma Heins, Aleesa Lavrenko, Justin Hileman, Katherine Munoz, Sapphire Miller, Marcy Ixen, Andrew Hernandez and Jennifer Bernal will be performing a one-act version of "Almost, Maine" in Studio Theatre. Litci Marroquin, Estevan Sanchez, Logan Shipp, Madyson Jones, Fatima Henriquez and Autumn Sebastian will be on stage crew for the Studio Theatre.

Students presenting in Duet Acting and Group Acting will try to earn First Place honors so they can advance to the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska in June. The Studio Theatre group is trying to earn a high enough score from judges to be named "Chapter Select" and also advance to ITF.

New this year to festival, every troupe is able to select one member to perform in the "All-State Cabaret" on the mainstage in Gallagher Bluedorn. This year, Troupe 417 has selected Andrew Hernandez. He will be performing in three musical numbers from "Wicked", "Smash" and "Next to Normal".

Troupe 417 is very proud and excited to be representing Postville at this prestigious event.

Volunteer to Help Postville Host the District Speech Contest

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Postville is hosting District Speech contest on Saturday, January 19th, 2019.  (Contest will run from 8am-5pm)  This is great opportunity to show off our Pirate Pride and we can't do this without your help!  Also, you get to spend a day watching awesome performances!

We are anticipating 20 schools coming to contest, which means we will have several hundred students, parents and spectators visiting our buildings!  As such, we need and greatly appreciate volunteers to help work at contest!

We will need time keepers, people to introduce contestants, hallway monitors, admissions, office workers, help with food, help unloading sets/props in the FAC,  and so on.

To give you an idea of how many volunteers will be needed:  If we have ten performing rooms, 2 workers per room, with workers covering a half day, that's 40 volunteers alone!  That's not counting the other jobs we need to cover!

We really do need your help to make this event successful, not only for our own students, but students from all over NE Iowa.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Derek Friederich or call the school at 563-864-7651.

Eat Grilled Ribs To Support Thespian Troupe 417

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On Thursday, July 5th, Thespian Troupe 417 will be hosting our second (and final!) Ribfest of the summer, in the Quillin's parking lot! Whole racks of fresh, grilled ribs will be for sale for $10 each.

Or, buy them uncooked and grill for yourself this summer. All racks come vacuum sealed and are pre-cooked, so all you have to do is throw them on the grill, heat through and enjoy!

Thespians will also be selling: soda, water, monster cookies, ice cream sundaes, root beer floats and chips.

All proceeds go to support troupe activities and honors for 2018-19.

9 Students Advance to the State Speech Contest

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Nine students from Postville received a 1 ratings at the District contest on February 24. These students will move on to the State Speech Contest at Starmont on March 10.

Students advancing are:

  • Emma Heins (Acting)
  • Jennifer Bernal (Acting)
  • Justin Hileman (Acting)
  • Andrew Hernandez (Prose)
  • Aleesa Lavrenko (Poetry)
  • Veronica Santoyo (Public Address)
  • Wilson Perez (Radio News)
  • Sapphire Miller (Acting and After Dinner Speaking)
  • Hilary De La Rosa (Prose and Storytelling)

Speech Students to Perform at All-State Speech Festival

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For the second year in a row, Postville Speech has a group nominated to perform at the All-State Speech Festival in Ames, IA on February 17th!

The group earning this nomination consists of Litci Marroquin, Emma Heins, Kelsey Mucia and Brayan Silva for their Short Film entitled "Control".

"Control" is one of 16 films in the entire state to be nominated to perform! We are very excited to represent Postville once again at this year's All-State Festival!

Thanks also needs to go to those who assisted in the project: Wilson Perez, Estevan Sanchez, Veronica Santoyo, Aleesa Lavrenko, Justin Hileman, Egan Guerrero, Andrew Hernandez, Diego Nunez, Brayden Lenth, Vova Kiselov and cast members from the JH Play.

Speech is coached by Derek Friederich and assisted by Anne Friederich.

Adult Volunteers Needed!

On Monday, February 19th, 2018, Postville Schools will be hosting the UIC Individual Speech Contest.  Volunteers will be needed to announce contestants in each performance room, to take admission, to serve as timekeepers, and to serve as hallway monitors.  Volunteers should plan to arrive at 3:30 on contest day and the contest is expected to finish at 9pm.  (If you are unable to be at contest the entire time, shifts can be arranged!)  If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Derek Friederich via email at dfriederich@postville.k12.ia.us or call 563-864-7651 ext 438.  Your support of Postville’s Fine Arts is greatly appreciated!

Speech Acts Move On To State Contest!!!

The Postville HS Speech team participated at district contest today at MFL MarMac. Four of our six groups are advancing to State contest in two weeks at Decorah!

Groups receiving a "I" rating:

  • Reader's Theatre- Know Your Role (Roberto, Andrew, Sapphire, Veronica, Hilary, Khiaya, Wilson, Estevan & Aleesa)
  • One Act Play-"A Game" (Litci, Emma, Andrew & Kelsey)
  • Ensemble Acting- "Ninja in Blue Jeans" (Sapphire & Aleesa)
  • Short Film- "Control" (Litci, Emma, Kelsey & Brayan)

Special thanks to Justin & Jennifer for helping your teammates prepare and set up at contest! Very proud of our team today. Every member of the speech team advanced in at least one of their categories!

Speech is coached by Derek Friederich and assisted by Anne Friederich.

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