WHEATLAND – Music, dance, cross-dressing and laughter prevailed at the second annual Lip Sync Battle presented by the Platte County Players and Thespian Troupe 605 (Wheatland High School Drama Club.) The event raises money for the international Drama Festival qualifiers. This year’s qualifiers, who also judged the lip syncs, are Elizabeth Crowley for stage management, Hava Cundall and Brooke May, both with costume designs.
Each thespian is required to pay the $900 entry fee to attend the festival held in Bloomington, Ind. this year. The event raised just over $1,300 which is close to half the entry fee for the trio, but does not include travel and lodging.
“We would like to thank all the participants for their time and wonderful effort as well as all of those who attended in support for their generosity,” said drama coach Kalyn Krotz with excitement. “We still have a ways to go to get these kids to competition, but this goes a long way.”
The age-range for the performers was vast with some as young as middle school up through adult. There were songs from musicals, Disney, the 70s and a memorable performance by Doug Dumont as Carmen Miranda with a rendition of Chiquita Banana.
First place went to Tony Krotz and Rory Winter for lip syncing and dancing to “For the First Time in Forever,” from the movie, “Frozen.” Second place and People’s Choice winner was a group performing to “Livin’ Thing,” by Electric Light Orchestra. The group was led by Matthew Wilhelm and included Sasha Putnam, Adriana Johnson, Haley Shae, Claire Peasley and Danielle Britz on roller skates. Third place was a tie between a tumbling lip sync to “Seize the Day,” from “Newsies” performed by Jamie Wardell, Ashlynn Huffer, Kenzie Clyde, Halle & Elly Smith and Bohemian Rhapsody performed by Rebecca Crowley and Bryley Waring. The judges performed the much beloved, “Manah Manah,” by the Muppets.