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Non-Original Oratory This 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
Interpretation of Serious Plays This 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.
Interpretation of Serious Prose This 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 essentially serious.
Poetry Reading Literature 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.
Humorous Reading Humorous prose shall include all
stories, plays and essays written in prose, together with all plays
written in verse.
Duet Interpretation Duet 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.
Readers Theatre Readers 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.
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and results from past years.