The Beasts hope to stand out at state

Rotator, Speech — By on February 4, 2014 1:42 pm

By Bryce Cox

The Mount Vernon speech team had great success in district competition, and will be sending eight acts to State Feb. 8. However, there is one group that seems to have the most “swag” when it comes to being the oddball in their performances. Mount Vernon’s choral reading group, The Beasts, always know how to bring on the entertainment.

CHORAL READING: Keanan Shannon, Matt HermsenWhite, Cory Brannaman, Luke Moran, Matt Banwart, Paul Hines, and David Taylor.

CHORAL READING: Keanan Shannon, Matt HermsenWhite, Cory Brannaman, Luke Moran, Matt Banwart, Paul Hines, and David Taylor.

The Beasts received a division one rating in conference and were recognized as second place in center, and in district competition they also received a number one rating. The group is now headed to state speech, and doesn’t mind bringing on the competition.

“Practice doesn’t make perfect, doing makes perfect,” said senior Paul Hines. “For the little time we spend practicing, we do very well.”

To every choral reading program there is almost always a long plot. The average group has a very slow moving performance. In most showings there is a lagging feeling and the viewer almost gets lost in what is going on. The Beasts wanted to stay away from that dull feeling. They all wanted to be unique and stand out among the others. Each group member wanted the rhythmic feeling and the idea of a rap sounded like the perfect idea.

“We wanted an alternative method to stand out,” said freshman Luke Moran. “My dad, Mike Moran, thought of the idea and put together the songs. We all agreed to rap from sections of the songs ‘What Comes Around’, and ‘Shadrach’ both by the band the Beastie Boys.”

The theme the group decided for their act was about team confidence and group collaboration. “It provides a fun and enjoyable experience for all listeners,” said sophomore Matt HermsenWhite. “Spending time with my friends is just another bonus to a life long memory.”

The Beasts are hard competitors and don’t plan on letting up in their competition. The unique and exciting performance they have for each performance brings a new and amazing style to the world of speech.

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