Mock trials

In November 2015, Mrs. Chung’s class at Woodsboro Elementary School started writing mock trials. There were about 8 groups of friends, all writing different trials. After a few months of writing, the trials were finished. High school teachers chose two trials to be performed: the Finding Nemo mock trial and one of the Percy Jackson mock trials out of 2. Pretty soon, roles were cast. About 1/2 of the class did the Finding Nemo mock trial, while the other half of the class did the Percy Jackson mock trial.

 

As the two trials were practiced and practiced and practiced and practiced, the scripts evolved. They got funnier, more creative, as they only could with a room full of kids coming up with these ideas. For example, in the Percy Jackson mock trial, a fight scene changed and evolved to give the audience a humorous surprise. In the original script, the bailiff and the plaintiff start fighting. But this was changed, not because they were fighting, but because the students had a great idea: instead of fighting, they could do rock paper scissors.

 

In the Percy Jackson mock trial, Percy Jackson, a demigod, is charging Ares, the god of war, with attempted murder. In the Finding Nemo mock trial, Marlin the clownfish is suing his son, Nemo the clownfish, for intentional emotional distress. In real life, though, you can’t charge someone with intentional emotional distress.

 

There were countless people who helped the mock trials grow from simply two scripts created by friends to an outstanding class performance. Those people include the writers of the scripts, who really were the ones who created the mock trials. The writers of the Percy Jackson mock trial were David Van Dyke, Ryan Clark, Cole Seagren, John Risner, and Josiah Chung. The writers of the Finding Nemo mock trial were Adam Garay, Ryan Kirk, Toring Stanley, Arjun Patel, and Alex Mikus. There were two piano players, one from each trial: David Van Dyke and Syra Patel. During the performance, the teachers had  brochures describing each mock trial. There were two brochures, one for each trial.  Syra Patel, Natalie Sakoda, and Camille Chap created the brochures. The parents of the students in Mrs. Chung’s Class were also incredible. They were the ones who got together the costumes for the actors and actresses in this unbelievable performance. They also skipped work and other things for an hour and a half to make up part of the audience. There are the classes to thank, for coming to see the performance and truly making it a performance, because you can’t have a show without an audience. Those classes are Mrs. Livergood’s class, Mr. Warmen’s class, Mrs. Hawkins’ class, and Mrs. Muller’s class. And of course we can’t forget the teachers of those classes. They sacrificed an hour and a half of time, when they could have been getting classwork done, to come watch the performance. And the most incredible, amazing, magnificent person of all is Mrs. Chung. She supported the trials. She practiced with the casts over and over and over again. She tolerated her class when they got loud during practice and fooled around. But most of all, she let her class use her microphones for the performance.