Memorial High School - Reata Yearbook (Houston, TX)

 - Class of 1981

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Memorial High School - Reata Yearbook (Houston, TX) online yearbook collection, 1981 Edition, Page 239 of 296
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-ui" .zslfft Debaters often use their hands to emphasize especially important points in their presenta- tions. Iunior Doug Griffith practices his debating technique. Photo by Scott Coleman. Careful planning and a great deal of forethought go into successful debating. junior Ray Berry presents his side of the issue in class. Photo by Scott Coleman. 4' 3 . ' is C , . . 1. .4- Rehearsals for speech were sometimes held on the second floor of the library. Sophomores Andrea Hoffman and Iulie Roberts practice "A Mug of Beer." Photo by Scott Coleman. Careful timing was an important part of debating. Teacher lean Boles gives a one minute signal to a debater. Photo by Scott Coleman. Speech!Debate 0 237

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Vocal skills talents preval indebate, speech classes Famous orator and author Mark Twain once said, "It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech." This paradoxical attitude may seem familiar to Speech and Debate students. Speakers are given time to prepare for their assignments, but performing requires poise and quick thinking. "It lSpeech and Debatel improves the student's thinking process," said Debate and Speech II teacher, Mrs. lean Boles. Speech also teaches the student to express himself effectively. One pur- pose of Speech is to allow the student "to acquire the art of oral com- munication," said Department Chair-man, Mrs. Edelweiss Ames. To acquire these characteristics, the students must perform orations on a wide range of subjects. "They do speeches to inform, convince, per- suade, inspire and entertain," added Mrs. Ames. The course's practicality does not end with the acquisition of con- fidence. It also offers lessons that can be used in one's future experiences. "Speech is a very rewarding class. For example, you can make a good impression on a job interview by ap- plying what you learned in Speech," said Sophomore Susan Hillman. Each Speech student has his own reasons for taking the class. One motive is that it is a prerequisite for Debate. Debate is a class which is often misinterpreted as a roomful of people arguing about something of little im- portance. "Debate is not just argu- ment, and it's more structured than discussion," explained Mrs. Boles. The Debate squad was fewer in 236 I Speech!Debate I Class discussions were held in Speech located Frequent orations were a part of the in the T-shacks. juniors Ed Mundy tries to routine in Speech classes Poised make a point in a talk he's giving. Photo by podium Sophomore Molly Quigley Scott Coleman. her duty Photo by Scott Coleman



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Dramatlsts bond together Pa, I I Iagcompletetheatrlcalseason -1--..1-..r..1---11.--....1..1 Basic techniques to master for the drama students' year included rehearsing lines, building sets, preparing costumes and perfecting the flavor of the productions. Ticket sales, phonetics and reading comprehension presented by R. L. Cook in Drama I. "I attempted to introduce the various aspects of the performing arts to the students," said Mr. Cook. Dramatic classroom performances gave actors and actresses the oppor- tunity to practice and perfect their skills. "Drama I does a lot of classroom plays and skits," said junior Steve Gallaher. "I had a good time." Drama II stressed the independent study of the sciences. "Students know their strong points already and can develop them," said Mr. Cook. Third year drama students each produced an entire puppet produc- tion. "The puppets were fun to make. It was something we'd never done before," said Senior Iana Norris. Student participation extends beyond the classroom. "Students must work a 14 hour minimum on each show, rehearse, read outside of class and also work during class," stressed Mr. Cook. The first crew call was to prepare sets for Ronald Alexander's ironic production of "Time Out for Ginger." "It was a good learning experience because we used a lot of first timers," said jana. "It was important to Mr. Cook because it was his tenth anniversary at Memorial," she added. Senior Mike McTaggart and junior Karin Murphy also starred in the play. "Out of all the plays I've done, it was probably the most successful," said Karin. "Everyone enjoyed it and we had a good turnout," she added. Work was interrupted in December for the Madrigal dinner. Parents, 'Time Out for Ginger' was presented November 21-22. Senior jana Norris played Ginger's mother and Freshman Shannon Vin- cent and junior Molly McBride played her sisters. Photo by Dan Thompson. 238 O Drama entertainers and guests paying a S1250 fee enjoyed music, dancing andjesters. "The entertainment had to main- tain the atmosphere of medieval times," said Karin. "It was a blast," she added. Auditions extended beyond theatrical roles. Outstanding drama students were invited to join the drama honor club Thespians, only after auditions. Students were invited to join because of contributions they made to Memorial, including competitions. Members also must have participated in two different areas of a production such as acting and lighting. '4We go to theatrical productions together," said jana. "We're trying to get letter jackets now like band and choir," she added. bU by Alicia Cooke and Charlotte Whitty Lectures are often used as a teaching tool. Drama Instructor Mr. R. L. Cook instructs his class on the basics of speech clarity. Photo by jim Tomforde. .. li s ll l

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