MARIA FETTERS
Speech
♦♦  HOME  ♦  The Crusader  ♦  Inspirations  ♦  Southeast Faculty  ♦♦
 
 
 
 
STAGE FRIGHT
by Dan Hill
 
I suppose all of my teachers in high school had some effect on me, some to a greater degree than others, and some much more positively than others. Among the positive ones, I especially remember Miss Faulke, Miss Ballinger, Mr. Adams, Mr. Langford, Miss Birkhead, Miss Latshaw, and Mr. Tira. However, there was one teacher that did something for me that really changed me, and the change has been extremely beneficial throughout my life, especially when I was working.
 
The first year I was in one of Miss Fetters' classes (I had 3 classes with her) I was the epitome of stage fright, whenever I had to get up to speak. Upset stomach, clammy hands, short breath - just damned scared! One of our assignments was to be given a topic for a speech (I think it was to be a 10-minute speech), and we had overnight to prepare our speeches. Miss Fetters would hand out little pieces of paper each day, for the number of students that she wanted to hear the following day. The papers had our speech topics written on them. Mine read "Stage Fright".  I got stage fright just reading the title.
 
I went to the library after school, to read all I could about stage fright. As you can imagine, there was not a lot to read. But I did find some articles from people in theatre, and people who did a lot of public speaking. Through my reading, I got the 3 principles that I needed to overcome stage fright: Preparation, Concentration, and Determination. I did not have stage fright the next day when I gave my speech, and I think I got an E.
 
It's difficult to remember very many single incidents that have had the impact on my life that this one exercise did. In my working life, I did a tremendous amount of public speaking, teaching, lecturing, and fielding questions from hostile audiences. These experiences were with groups of 5 or 6, up to groups of hundreds. They included government officials, legislators, farmers, students, 4H-ers, foreign government officials, dental groups, bankers, college economics professors - you name it. And I never had stage fright. I would always tense just enough to make me perform at my best, but was never scared. And many times when I was going through these activities, I would think of Miss Fetters, and the day she gave me the paper with "Stage Fright" written on it.
 
 
 
 
 
Babies ??
 
   Miss Fetters was discussing the speech department's Knightlites act with the drama class and said, "The politician could go around kissing babies."
   Politician Dave Morton, senior, agreed with, "Yes, Senior babies."
 
 
 
 
 
Then and Now
 
   Charlene Kernoodle, after entering 7th hour drama class late several days, was asked by Miss Fetters. "Why are you late?" Charlene replied. "I'm used to a bell with a big dong instead of a bell with a little ding."
 
 
 
 
 
Who Needs Anything More?
 
    In Miss Fetters' Drama Class, the prop committee was going over their list of props needed for the Spring Play.
    Someone said they didn't know where they were going to get a paper maché ham.
    "What do you want a ham for?" asked Louis Eckstein.  "We already have George Davenport."
 
 
 
 
 
Knights on KMBC
Students Discuss Salesmanship
On Broadcast for Teenagers
 
    Miss Fetters selected four members of the Drama Class to appear on "Youth Looks Ahead."  These students were to interview Mr. Claude Cochan, branch manager of the General Life Insurance Company, about salesmanship.  They were: Louis Eckstein, Luann Mitchell, Dave Morton, and Nancy Payne. They were selected for their special interest in the subject and their ability of impromptu speaking.  The program was heard on station KMBC at 2:15, November 4.
   In preparation for the program Miss Minnie E. Dingee, director of guidance and counseling for "Youth Looks Ahead," along with Mr. Cochan, visited the drama class to collect material.  The class ques-tioned Mr. Cochan about salesmanship.
    Miss Fetters chose those to appear on the program.
 
 
♦♦  HOME  ♦  The Crusader  ♦  Inspirations  ♦  Southeast Faculty  ♦♦