Talked into it: Dynamic duo makes state |

Talked into it: Dynamic duo makes state

The two were so inexperienced at such matters that when they heard they were going to state, it didn’t have much effect.

“It’s our first year and we’re going to state. I’m just realizing how cool that is,” Moffat County High School freshman Sabrina Zachary said.

Zachary and her partner, Tanya Rinehart, qualified for state at regionals in Durango. They were the only two of the 20-member team to qualify, and they are freshmen.

“They really are good,” coach Amy Coleman said.

The two perform “Open to Interpretation,” in the duet interpretation event. The play is the story of Hansel and Gretel told in several different ways — as soap opera, in a Shakespearian tone and in the style of vaudeville, for example.

“It’s a really good piece because it shows their potential,” Coleman said. “They really have good chemistry.”

The regional competition wasn’t the duo’s first top finish. The two have been golden since day one when they earned first place with the same performance as eighth-graders during a competition that the high school speech team hosted last year as a way to generate interest in the club.

Rinehart joined the team this year because she loves acting. She chose duet interpretation because she was afraid to do something alone.

“This is so fun,” she said. “It’s some much more than I ever expected. It’s been a great experience.”

She, too, said she didn’t understand the implications of qualifying for state.

“I didn’t think it was as big of a deal as it was, then it was like ‘wow,'” she said.

The two are due back from state competition today.

“They’ve been practicing all year, so this is good payback,” Coleman said.

The MCHS speech team is young, with only three members having any experience.

“With everyone being so new, we thought (having only two qualify for state) was good,” Coleman said.

Extemporaneous speaker David McClellan was one point from qualifying for state.

“That was really disappointing,” Coleman said.

The season isn’t over yet for the remainder of the speech team. All still have the chance to qualify for the national competition. The qualifying tournament will be April 1 and 2 in Gree-ley.

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031 or

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