There aren’t many chances to witness speech, debate, impromptu speaking and an interpretation of Frankenstein during a single event.
But this Saturday the WKU Forensics Team is providing that opportunity with their Annual Showcase in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.
The showcase starts at 7:30 p.m. and is a free, swipeable event. Jace Lux, director of WKU Forensics, said the event will also serve as an opportunity for charity.
“We’re asking people to bring a canned good which we will be donating to Feed the Need,” he said. “However, we will not turn you away if you don’t bring a good.”
Lux said the WKU Forensics team dates back to 1903 and is the most successful forensics program in the nation.
“To be able to witness what is the longest-running, continually-operating organization on campus is a unique opportunity,” he said. “WKU has established itself as the best forensics program in the nation and you don’t often have the chance to see one of the best organizations in a particular field.”
This will be the second Annual Showcase the Forensics Team has offered, and it will showcase nine of 145 acts that members of the team will be performing at two national tournaments this April.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. junior Richard Heyne said forensics is often confused with crime scene analysis or misunderstood as strictly debate.
“Speech and debate is literally only 10 percent of what we do,” he said. “It’s a weird program that a lot of people don’t understand.”
Minneapolis, Minn. junior Lindsey White said the showcase is a chance to see the true nature of forensics.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to see what speech really is,” she said. “People would be shocked to see the majority of things we do.”
White said the showcase is a great primer for the national tournaments, but last year’s turnout was disappointing.
“It helps prepare us for the national stage,” she said. “Nobody was there last year and we want new, fresh eyes.”
Lux said turnout for last year’s showcase was low due to unfortunate planning, but those who did attend enjoyed the show.
“Feedback was very positive,” he said. “I’ve never had an individual walk away from a performance and say ‘that was a whole lot more boring than I expected.’”
Lux is optimistic that there will be a larger crowd this year.
“We wanted to be able to show everyone the work that has been put into the year and I promise it will be a very entertaining evening,” he said. “This is part of the university’s culture and history and I want students to be able to see that in action.”