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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.
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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
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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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
"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,"
"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
"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
"The entertainment had to main-
tain the atmosphere of medieval
times," said Karin. "It was a blast,"
Auditions extended beyond
theatrical roles. Outstanding drama
students were invited to join the
drama honor club Thespians, only
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
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
s ll l
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