CLINTON —Eleven Clinton High School thespians will leave it all on the stage today as they put on the performance of a lifetime — or at least of their high school careers — at the Iowa High School Speech Association All-State Festival.
Not since the early 2000s has the Clinton High School drama department earned an All-State victory at the IHSSA festival, but director Josh Hollister is hoping his third year will be the lucky charm.
"This is the third year we've done the one-act with the speech and debate club," Hollister said. "The first year we made it to the state level but didn't win, and the second year we didn't even make it to state. So, we're hoping this year we can take it all the way."
And, with a group of high school students ranging in age and experience performing the one-act "Take 5," they are feeling confident they will be a reckoning force in Ames.
Leading that brigade of novice and veteran actors in "Take 5" are Clinton High School seniors Jeffery Rickerl and Bethany Tegeler, neither of which are strangers to the spotlight.
As seniors, and experienced actors, they are feeling the pressure to be the driving force behind "Take 5's" run for the state title, and are feeling self-assured that they can deliver.
"I definitely feel the pressure but I think I've felt like that since my sophomore year," Rickerl said. "I've been the lead a lot so it's something I'm used to."
As Alex in the one-act play, which explores what would happen in a live performance setting if everything that could go wrong, did go wrong, such as performing on a set that isn't completed or using a backstage crew member to replace an actor who doesn't show up, Rickerl delivers a performance of utter confusion and annoyance during the comedic, train wreck.