The Union High School Fine Arts Department has again achieved the highest honors possible with Iowa High School Speech Association. All three Union musical theatre entries have been named All-State Honorees. The three groups are “How To Succeed in Musical Theatre without Really Trying” with performers Sunshine Gray, Audrey Kline, Sophie Winkelpleck, Grace Johnson, Kylea Neuendorf, and Joe Bistline; Chicago with performers Laura Rempe, Cora Klein, Carlie Spore, Cybil Timm, Sarah Roberts and Jacob Hill; and Scrubs with performers Tyson Fleshner, Elle Hookham, Madelon Rathe, Rebekah Dickerson, Matt Carlson, and Hayden Spore. The groups were under the direction of Tim J. Mitchell and Korina Carlson.
Union is also proud to announce that 3 alumni of the program also had Musical Theatres named All-State at their prospective schools: Casey Tecklenburg at Hudson, Jess Larison at Grundy Center and Austin Pauling at Western Dubuque.
A unique aspect to the Iowa High School Speech Contest is the fact that all schools in the state compete on an equal basis regardless of size. There are no classifications by school size. Union has created quite a tradition when it comes to quality musical theatre performances. Since 2002, 32 musical theatre entries from Union to be named to the All-State Festival. This is no small feat as most schools hope to have one entry get selected for this prestigious honor every few years. However, Union has become a constant fixture at the All State Festival for musical theatre. They have also had the honor of being named the Banner-winning Critique’s Choice Award winner as the top performance in the state 3 different times in those 18 years. In 2021, Union was the only school in the entire state to have all of their entries named to All-State.
A public performance by the 3 groups will be part of the annual UHS Variety Show in May. More details to follow.