The Lake Breeze Newspaper

Volume #98, Issue #6

Lake Breeze Newspaper

Andrew Becker, Web Edition Editor

February 22, 2013

“Mac^2” Work Well in Forensics Duo Category

This year the South High Forensics team is proud to present senior Allison Macknick and junior Mackenzie Birkey in “Alice’s Adventures in Poorly Cooked Cafeteria Seafood.”
Birkey and Macknick have been in forensics since their freshman year. They also compete in other categories: Solo-humorous interpretation for Birkey and solo-serious interpretation for Macknick. This year though, both Birkey and Macknick are competing together in a duo interpretation.
Assistant coach and former South forensicator, Malyssa Gabrielson said, “They’ve been friends and this is the first year that they get to work together. They have good partner chemistry and work hard, and that shows by them placing at every tournament.”
In creating a duo, Birkey and Macnick, had to decide if they wanted to compete in the category, pick a piece that was suitable for them, cut lines to fit a time limit, memorize all their lines, and then add blocking.
Birkey commented, “The whole process in itself takes anywhere from a week to a month.”
Gabrielson explains that every year there is a piece that someone on the team loves to quote, and this year Birkey and Macknick’s duo is definitely the one. Teammates like to refer to the lines from the duo, like talking about “dungeons and dragons”.
There were times that Birkey and Macknick had to practice for three hours, in addition to all of their individual pieces, play practice, other activities, and their schoolwork. They have had many close deadlines in which they “had to crunch for time”.
Gabrielson explained that Birkey and Macknick’s duo piece is, “...a different take on Alice in Wonderland. It is about a girl eating gross food in the cafeteria who has a hallucination and goes on adventures like Alice.”
Macknick describes it as “...very comical, upbeat, and super enjoyable for people to watch...fast paced, with original blocking, and just all around unique.”
Birkey and Macknick have been consistently qualifying for the final round and then placing in the top three. Both hope to qualify for CFL and NFL nationals, along with continually doing well at meets.
Gabrielson adds, “I think they can only get better. I’m very proud of them.”

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