Skipsations Appear in Hit ‘War Room’

Members of the Skipsations! jump-rope team were included in the summer sleeper hit “War Room.” Filmed in and around Charlotte and Concord, the movie is about a man and his family struggling to find their way through financial and emotional struggles. It features jump-rope teams prominently, including a segment where the father offers to participate with his daughter and her friends in a local double-dutch competition.

The Skipsations got involved when coach and founder Lucy Schimmelfing was contacted by a consultant for the jump-rope scenes in the movie. Six members of the skipsations – Lindsey Birkemo, Kamrin Dean, Sam Orenstein, Cinthia Praiswater, Jessica Schnisky and Brooke Shoup – took part in the filming, as did five members from a team from Cary. In total, there were about 20 jumpers filmed in “War Room” action scenes, along with three members of the featured cast.

Skipsations team members (left to right) Lindsey Birkemo, Karis Dean, Kamrin Dean, Brooke Shoup, Jessica Schnisky and Cinthia Praiswater attend a showing of War Room. All, with the exception of Karis Dean, were part of the movie, as was team member Sam Orenstein, who is not pictured. COURTESY OF MICHELLE SHOUP

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