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district and region
contests and the State Festival shall be divided
into seven contest
events. With the
Non-Original Oratory and Readers Theatre,
all selections used shall be secured from copyrighted,
printed published sources (i.e., books or magazines)
and shall be accessible to the public in print form.
The use of a
manuscript is required
in all contest events. Electronically
may not be used in SDHSAA interp contests. The time
limit for each presentation shall be ten minutes.
contest event shall
include selections such as orations, addresses,
lectures and essays that are conducive to oratorical
interpretation. The Non-Original Oration
can be serious, humorous or a mixture of serious
and humorous sentiments. Selections shall not be
the original work of the contestant.
of Serious Plays
contest event consists of interpreting a selection
of dramatic literature (plays), with literary merit
and appropriate to the reader. The mood of the
selection must be
essentially serious in nature.
of Serious Prose
contest event consists of interpreting a selection
of prose with literary merit and appropriate to
the reader. Any
selection that is not poetry, a play or cutting
from a play or a delivered speech will be considered
prose. The mood of the selection must be
for the poetry
contest event shall be selected by the contestants.
They shall choose poetry to develop one theme
or to illustrate the abilities, moods or characteristics
of one author. If they choose to develop a
theme, the contestants may select the works of one or
more authors. In any
case, the poetry may be one long selection,
a cutting from a longer selection, or a series of
short selections. The contestants may include in
such introductory or transitory remarks
as are necessary to establish mood and to orient
the audience properly. Only poetry from the best
of literature should be
used. This includes plays.
prose shall include all
stories, plays and essays written in
prose, together with all plays written in
verse. Only the best literature and
selections of literary
value should be used since it offers the
greatest opportunity for interpretation.
Interpretation is an
exercise composed of two students who
portray cuttings from plays,
verse plays or other works may be presented. A selection
may be of humorous or serious nature. A
narrated introduction or transitional material within
the cutting may be given by one or both members.
During the presentation of the introduction and/or
original transitional material, eye contact may be
made with the audience
and/or duet partner. The
contestants must remain standing at all times during
the performance. The contestants
may react to each other’s verbal and/or non-verbal
expressions, but they may
not touch each other. Pivoting,
turning or one or two steps may be used to indicate
stage directions or transitions. Throughout
the selection, each of the two performers
may play one or more characters, so long as performance
responsibility remains balanced.
Theatre is an event in which a group of three to six
students interpretively present literature.
Readers Theatre encourages the students
to create a scripted ensemble performance that
focuses on the use of interpretative skills to present
prose, poetry and/or drama without the aid of
costumes, make-up, set or props although participants
may dress in a uniform manner. Materials used may
verse, drama, speeches, diaries, letters, essays,
original compositions, etc. Performers may use either
a uniform set of stools (between
24" and 30" high, having no back and unable
to swivel) or a set of straight chairs. Limited
stage movement shall be allowed. Then narrator
may move about and the compositional groupings
may change. The
performers may react to each other’s verbal and/or
non-verbal expressions, but they may not touch
each other. Only during the introduction may eye
contact be made with the group members. Mechanical or
instrumental sound effects are not allowed.
However, vocally emitted noises and sound
effects created by the performers are permissible.
students in grades 9 through 12 in high schools/junior
high schools which are members of the
SDHSAA are eligible to enter district/region contests
or the State Festival. Contestants
shall be selected by each school and the principal
or superintendent shall sign the entry form
to certify that each contestant from their school
is eligible as stated in the Speech By-Laws. A school
is allowed one entry per section. Students can enter a
maximum of two sections of solo or duet contests.
content, emotional content,
characterization, creation of mood, and image.
Voice: Includes articulation, pronunciation,
quality, and pitch.
Bodily Action: Includes poise, posture,
expression, gesture, and coordination of thought
Audience Contacts: Includes the kind and degree
creating and holding interest and attention,
and accomplishment of purpose.
trophies will be awarded to all "solo" and
achieving a composite "superior" rating.
Individual gold medals will
be awarded to all Readers Theatre group
members when the group achieves a composite
"superior" rating. Class
"A" and "B" Team Excellence
will be awarded to all Class "A" and
"B" schools receiving
at least two "superiors".
Class "AA" Team Excellence Award"
plaque will be awarded to all
Class "AA" schools receiving at least four
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