Two Southern Utah University students won the national title in duo interpretation at the recent American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament in Tacoma, Wash.
Page Petrucka, a senior from Rock Springs, Wyo., and Erin Waldman, a sophomore from Las Vegas, took the first place title in duo interpretation at Pacific Lutheran University with an unusual entry - a selection from the one-act play "Out of the Flying Pan." The play is a farce about peace negotiations between two large nations.SUU theatre students also produced the play this year and have presented it to audiences in Parowan and Kanab.
The pair's win was not without a "special irony," Larson added. They were coached extensively by Peter Tagg, assistant director of forensics. He and his duo partner, John Vitullo, placed second at the 1990 national tournament. Tagg was also the national individual events champion in 1990.
The win is Petrucka's second national title. In 1990, she won the national title for dramatic interpretation. The victory is Waldman's first national title.
Over 120 schools brought top competitors to the event, Larson said, and Petrucka and Waldman faced 80 other duo interpretation teams in the three-day event.
Waldman also advanced her prose interpretation to the final round of the nationals and John Barondeau, a sophomore from Cedar City, scored high enough with his speech explaining virtual reality to advance to the quarterfinal round.