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April 4, 2014

Area forensics students in state competition

KEENE — The forensics teams from Keene Central School and Franklin Academy are headed to the state championships.

Their work doesn’t involve finding fingerprints with dust.

“People always ask me, ‘So what do you dissect, bodies?” laughed Liza Amirault, a Keene sophomore who is competing in the Duo Interpretation competition with classmate Brianna Joannette this weekend. “No!”

Keene Forensics Club Director Kathy Recchia summed up the fun and challenging work involved.

“Forensics is the art of speech and debate. It is not only useful to students who wish to pursue dramatic arts, but it also prepares students for public and persuasive speaking of any kind.

“It can help one in sales, marketing, meeting rooms and is especially useful preparation for anyone who chooses to pursue the law,” she said. 

“There are a whole bunch of different categories,” Liza said. “Ours is acting with a partner, only you’re not allowed to look at or touch each other.”

The teams from both schools will travel to Delaware Academy in Delhi for the New York State Forensics League Championship Tournament.

PERFORMANCE ART

Keene senior Peter Craig also won a spot in the state competition.

He is looking to win in the Dramatic Performance category this weekend.

“The piece I’m performing is titled ‘Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge,’” he said.

It is a dramatic farce by Christopher Durang with 10 different parts, each of which Craig will perform.

“It’s like Charles Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol,’ but it’s about Mrs. Cratchit, who is no longer a loving mother of 20 kids. Her husband, Bob Cratchit, doesn’t get paid enough from Mr. Scrooge, and they can’t make ends meet. She decides she is going to jump off the London Bridge.”

That’s when the story mashes with the Christmas classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Craig said the zany, twisted plot of the piece is fun to act out.

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