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        Each year, Valley produces two full-length productions: a play as well as a musical. Opportunities exist for students to engage in acting, stage management, as well as technical crews. CAMP Crew students work on costumes, advertising, make-up, and publicity. TECH Crew students engage in the set, lighting, and sound construction. Auditions are open to all and auditions packets as well as crew sign-ups can be obtained by contacting Drama Director Stacy Hansen.


Large Group:

       The Iowa High School Speech Association is home to over 25,000 Iowa students and several hundred right here at Valley! Large group categories include one-act play, reader’s theatre, choral reading, short film, television news, radio news, ensemble acting, musical theatre, group improvisational acting, solo mime, and group mime.Students audition for participation in up to two categories in November. Students perform for one judge at Districts. If the group receives a I rating, it moves to State competition where it is judged by three judges. Valley has a very rich history of students being chosen to perform at the All-State Festival in Ames. In addition, Valley holds the state record for the most Critic’s Choice as well as the E. Wayne Cooley Awards for having the most entries at the All-State Festival. Stacy Hansen is the Large Group IHSSA Speech Director and can be reached at or find her in the drama room. Please join us!


        Ms. Carol Engelmann is the Individual Events Director and can be contacted at The IHSSA Speech team students practice their public speaking skills through a variety of speaking styles. Students try out and are assigned a spot or two and then write/research/practice their performances each week before contests the end of February and first of March, with ALL STATE the end of March. Events include Public Address, Acting Solo, Musical Theatre, Interpretive Reading in Poetry, Interpretive reading in Prose, Lit program, Original Oratory, Extemp/Spontaneous, Expository, Storytelling, Improv, Reviewing, After Dinner, and Radio news.


        Baker’s Dozen Mime Troupe is a student-produced group consisting of 13 mimers and additional tech support students.  The BD produce a fall show as well as a spring show. Auditions are in October and are open to sophomores and juniors. The BD is Valley’s oldest student-run activity group. Ted Vandeventer (a BD alum) serves as the group’s director.



        Drama also produces a spring improv show.  Auditions occur in April with a culminating performance in conjunction with the Acapella Reign group. IHSSA Improv Director Joe Van Haecke is the group’s director.