SM East forensic students performed their pieces from throughout the season during the first Forensics Showcase. The night consisted of a total of fifteen pieces as well as clever interludes created by the MCs. Each student’s piece lasted around eight to ten minutes and ranged from Humorous and Dramatic Interpretations to Informative and Congressional Debate Speeches.
The Little Theater Stage as well as an audience of over 70 people was a different environment for students to perform in. At tournaments, students typically perform in classrooms in front of one judge and sometimes a few other competitors. Junior Hanna Bautz performed her Prose piece “A Collection of Cheesy Poetry” and found the experiencing rewarding and fun.
“I think we had a really great crowd,” Bautz said. “I wasn’t quite sure because it was the first year that we were doing something like this, but I was happy with the turnout and the audience was really responsive. They laughed at appropriate places and clapped and that kind of gets you going when everyone else is into it, it’s easier for you to be in to it as well.”
The Showcase turned out to be a success with over $500 raised in donations as well as a beneficial practice time for students who are going to state this weekend. The Forensics teacher Trey Witt was happy with the response to the show and hopes to make this an annual event.
“This show was a good time for students who were in between the end of the season tournaments and state to continue to practice their pieces as well as was a great opportunity for their own parents and friends and classmates to see them perform in an actual audience theatrical setting,” Mr. Witt said.