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DDF squad nets gain with serious material


The Haines Drama, Debate and Forensics team is experimenting with more serious material, a strategy that is reaping rewards, said coach Amanda Randles.

  The team sent three pieces to finals at the Nov. 8-9 meet in Wrangell, an accomplishment indicating considerable improvement, Randles said.

“The kids have chosen to take some risks with their pieces – dealing with sensitive topics and pushing some limits. I think it is paying off in that the judges’ comments in the ballots have all come across as very supportive of these pieces,” Randles said.

Sophomores Neil Little and Kaya Ramirez made finals and took fifth place in duo interpretation for “One Color,” a piece about sex education and rape. Eli White, a veteran DDF participant who has emerged as a team leader, said “One Color” is a complicated piece.

“It’s definitely serious subject matter, and it talks about despite how we teach about how to deal with this in school, it is difficult to translate those teachings into real life,” White said.

Junior Zayla Asquith-Heinz won third place overall in dramatic interpretation with her piece “B,” a spoken-word poetry performance. “It’s sort of a message to the author’s daughter. It’s a pretty emotionally powerful piece and it’s really well-written,” White said.

Little and Heinz also took fourth place in duet acting with their humorous piece “Supreme Beings Create the World,” about two gods discussing what rules to impose when fashioning a planet. Their piece was also tapped for a command performance, Randles said.

The team’s next meet is Dec. 13-14 in Ketchikan.