Brianna and Liza ran a few of the lines from their performance: “The Greek Mythology on Olympiaganza,” in which the two narrate the entire body of Greek myths in 10 minutes.
Liza’s wild gestures mimic the tone Brianna sets, adding hilarity to their work. They have to complete the entire piece without looking at or touching each other.
As Forensics Duo participants, Liza said, they help each expand individually as an actor, feeding off of spoken cues — a quality that only helps when working with an entire cast.
A team of 10 students from Franklin Academy in Malone is ready and excited for the state tournament, said their coach, North Country Regional Forensics Director Kim Reilly.
“These are actually my first debaters going. I’m really excited,” she said Thursday. “The kids had absolutely an awesome year. For the full year, we had 15 students on the team, and 10 of them have state bids.”
The students are Christian Benware, a junior, who is competing in Public Forum Debate; freshman Donovan Connolly, Public Forum Debate; senior Jordyn Black, Oral Interpretation; sophomore Madison Crow, Oral Interpretation; freshman Cheyenne Dollinger, Dramatic Interpretation; sophomore Cassie Florio, Oral Interpretation; sophomore Adelynn Murphy, Oral Interpretation; junior Jenna Murtagh, Student Congress; freshman Josh Oshiro, Declaration; and junior Taylor Shanty, Dramatic Interpretation.
“We have tournaments about every two weeks, 11 throughout the school year,” Reilly said. “And the word they always use is ‘fun.’”
But, the team’s work has a really important part in education.
“No matter where you go, you have to speak,” Reilly said.
Four Franklin Academy students are also going to nationals in Chicago on Memorial Day weekend. Benware and Murphy are competing in Public Forum Debate; Crow and Shanty are competing in the Duo Performance.
EARNING THEIR WAY
Keene’s Forensics Team members work on their material weekly, practicing lines and dramatic poise for regional competitions they’ve attended about once a month.