Speech News: 2019-2020
Regional One-Act Play
For the eighth consecutive time, the Okarche Speech Team has advanced to the state one-act pay contest. This year’s production of “The Insanity of Mary Girard” qualified for the state competition by placing at one of three regional competitions held earlier in October. Okarche placed third at the Alva region behind first-place Alva and second-place Okeene. Two OHS actresses also received all-regional cast honors: Carsyn Taylor and Austin Riley.
The OHS drama is based on the true story of Mary Girard, a woman who was placed in a mental institution by her husband back in the 1790’s. Mary is visited by six “furies,” who help her trace the events leading to her confinement and show her the future.
The cast includes Carsyn Taylor as Mary Girard; Mikaila Kraus, Jacilyn Pannell, Kenzie Beard, Marley Hill, Emily Neuenschwander, and Mackenzie Stewart as the Furies; Matt Carney as the warder and Stephen Girard; Chloe Meacham as Mrs. Lum, Mary’s mother; Trenton Niederer as Mr. Phillips; Riley Austin as Polly Kenton; Kylie Bailey as Mrs. Hatcher; and Riley Black, Tori Spomer, and Emma Stover as phantoms.
The running crew includes Grace Krittenbrink and Lyric Hickok-stage managers; Kaylea Steelman, Darren Rayburn, and Michael Dunkin-lighting technicians; and Derek Mueggenborg and Sara Leck-sound technicians.
OHS will perform in the state finals at 3:50 P.M. on Saturday, October 26, at Mustang High School.
Okarche at Okarche
The Okarche Speech Tournament played host to twelve schools and qualified five events of their own during the 2019 Warrior Classic Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament. The contest, held November 1 and 2 on the OHS campus, included contestants from Bethany, Harding Fine Arts Academy, and Marlow in class 4A; Arnett, Cherokee, Crescent, Hennessey, Okeene, Ringling, Shattuck, and Temple in class 3A; and Weatherford in the novice divison.
Four Okarche seniors and one sophomore placed in the competition. Carsyn Taylor was third in monologue, Mikaila Kraus placed third in poetry, Chloe Meacham was tournament runner-up in dramatic interp, and Matt Carney was third in domestic extemp. Sophomore Emily Neuenschwander was tournament champion in prose.Mackenzie Stewart, another sophomore, was a finalist in foreign extemp; and Riley Black and Sara Leck, two freshmen, competed in the novice division in prose.
The OHS Speech team will next compete in the Marlow competition on November 23. The team members are also currently working on a Christmas play for mid-December.
Okarche at Marlow
A small group of Okarche Speech Team members traveled to Marlow High School for the annual M.H.S. Speech Tournament and came home with two first-place finishes and one second. The team took seven events, and all seven advanced to the final rounds.
Carsyn Taylor placed first in poetry, sweeping the first-place ballots. Mikaila Kraus was tournament champion in humorous interp, and the team of Emily Neuenschwander and Emma Stover brought home the runner-up trophies in humorous duet.
Matt Carney was a two-event finalist; Carney competed in the final rounds in both foreign extemporaneous speaking and poetry. Grace Krittenbrink was a finalist in domestic extemporaneous speaking, and Chloe Meacham was a finalist in monologue.
The OHS Speech Team is currently working on a Christmas play, “Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells,” for a mid-December performance. The team will resume tournament competition in January.