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
Serious Reading - This contest event consists of
interpreting a selection from a single source of dramatic literature
or prose with literary merit and appropriate to the reader. The
selection must have been copyrighted, published in print and be
available to the public. The mood of the selection must be
essentially serious in nature. The maximum time of presentation,
including the introduction, is ten minutes. A manuscript is to be
used by the student.
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.
Storytelling - The purpose of Storytelling is to
give students the opportunity to develop the art of creating a mood
wherein a spoken narrative transports the audience to the time and
place of the story being recounted. A story teller is a narrator -
not an actor or actress - and although gestures, pantomime,
movement, and characterization are not barred, they must be used
with restraint. The focus of the presentation must be on the
narrative, with the teller acting as a presenter and not a
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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