By Abigail Todd
As you all witnessed at the pep rally a couple of weeks ago, the forensics team is back and better than ever! As this forensics season is now drawing to a close, the girls are so thankful for the time they have had together. From memorizing a ten minute monologue to being shoved into the MSM van together for two hours, we now know what it means to work hard but also to have fun in the process.
I had no idea what I was signing up for at the end of my freshman year when I put down forensics as my year-long elective. The first month of the class consisted of meeting new people and mime. Our first major assignment was to find a partner and put together a mashup of different sound effects and instrumental music to tell a story. The stories were based on our imaginations. It could be two criminals robbing the same bank or a couple taking a stroll in the park when suddenly the woman’s purse is taken. In mime, you are not allowed to talk or touch your partner. It was difficult but fun!
The next month consisted of finding our own piece to perform for competition. Some events included dramatic interpretation, humorous interpretation, improv, and many others. It was really fun to find a piece and experiment on how you would interpret it.
Our first tournament to participate in was in North Little Rock. Imagine trying to learn how to swim and somebody just pushes you into the deep end. Well, that is what it felt like. In our first tournament, we were up against hundreds of students! However, we persevered and tried our best.
Tournament by tournament, all of us kept getting better and better. We worked really hard and it payed off. We have accepted many awards for our own individual performances and our group events. The MSM team participated in both of the major group events, Reader’s Theatre and Words and Music. The Reader’s Theatre was the piece we performed in front of the entire school at the last pep rally. Words and Music is a group event in which we have to find a musical number from a show and perform it. Our number was “Secrets” from The Addams Family Musical. With amazing vocals from Lily Eagan, Anna Palmer, and Savanna Fischer, and amazing dance moves choreographed by our own Jenny Moses, we won first place at the Fort Smith tournament.
As this year comes to an end, I can proudly say that being on the forensics team has been one of my proudest accomplishments. We have laughed, cried, and gotten on each other’s nerves more times than I can count, but I do not think any of us would trade it for the world. So, if you are interested in acting, please sign up for forensics next year! I promise you will not be disappointed.