For the first time in over 25 years, the Downers Grove South High School Group Interpretation Speech Team qualified for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Competition with their creative interpretation of “The Witches” by Roald Dahl. The group recorded their presentation via zoom and submitted the video for adjudication for the virtual sectional and state competitions.
The Group Interpretation team finished in first place at the IHSA Sectional Meet. In addition, several students were awarded All Sectional Cast: Faith Nelson, Sydney Richardson, Ryan Rosignal and Gwen Royale.
The Group Interpretation team finished fifth place at the IHSA State Competition. Five students received All State Honors for their performance: Faith Nelson, Sydney Richardson, Ryan Rosignal, Gwen Royale and Samantha Wiggins.
Congratulations to the entire Downers Grove South High Group Interpretation Cast on a successful season. View individual student photos here!
- Samantha Bachara
- Catherine Hewawissa
- Faith Nelson
- Sydney Richardson
- Ryan Rosignal
- Gwen Royale
- Kayte Salgado
- Jo Stewart
- Delaney Turner
- Samantha Wiggins
“Coaching these students in a virtual setting presented many challenges, and their tenacity and determination was inspiring,” says Chris Blum, Speech Coach and Group Interpretation Director. “I couldn't be more proud of a group of actors. Not only for persevering during the pandemic, but working collaboratively to reimagine what competitive theatre could look like through a virtual medium.”
Click here to check out the Group's trailer of their performance.
To learn more about the DGS Group Interpretation team and competition, contact Chris Blum at email@example.com.