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1 Pam Fallon: (cell for emergencies) Shannon Knox Audrey Freeman

2 GOALS Educational Goals (from NSAA) Speech contests are conceived and structured to provide educational experiences for high school students. Specifically, the various contest events are designed to provide training toward the following educational objectives: 1.) To read, speak, and perform with a clear purpose, applying the principals of research, organization, effective language, and critical thinking 2.)To enable the participants to become more stable and mature people through the development of self-discipline, ethical behavior, and self-esteem. 3.) To encourage self-expression and creativity 4.) To offer an opportunity for social growth through exposure to new people, places, and ideas through shared learning experiences. 5.) To improve delivery by emphasizing vocal expression, bodily responsiveness, and poise 6.) To increase cultural awareness and understanding of human behavior through a greater appreciation of literature 7.) To instill a sense of ethical responsibility. 8.) HAVE FUN! Speech Meet LocationDate/ Times Information NightNovember 7th (6:30p.m) Script Order DeadlineDecember 2, 2013 Speeches/scripts/Visual Aids organized December 16, 2013 Christmas BreakDecember 22-26, 2013 Team RehearsalJanuary 15/29, or 6:30-8:30 PierceJanuary 18, 2014 HPS/CCHSFebruary 1, 2014 West Point CCFebruary 8, 2014 WausaFebruary 15, 2014 Battle Creek or CroftonFebruary 22, 2014 ConferenceMarch 1, 2014 Parent’s Night /Picture and Norfolk Panther Tourney (TBD) TBD March 8, 2014 DistrictsMarch 17-20, 2014 State Speech- KearneyThursday. March 27/28, 2014 Tentative Schedule:

3 1.) Requirements for lettering Attend 80% of Meets Perform at Conference or District Meet Attend 80% of rehearsals/practice 2.) Practice Requirements Sign up for practices outside of room 115. Come prepared. Bring ALL materials you would need to perform at a meet. (Visuals, Props, Manuscript, Table, Chairs) The events you are in and the number of events you’re in will determine the number of times you will need to make it in for practice and the length of the practice. You must let one of the coaches know AHEAD of time if you are unable to attend a scheduled practice (must be a valid reason). 3.) Meet Requirements 1.)Attendance Eligibility (NSAA Academic eligibility rules apply) Sign-out sheets must be signed in order to attend 2.) Professional Dress Dress shall be professional. You want judges/audience to be concentrating on your performance and not your attire. Do not let it distract for it can a sway a judge’s ruling. Professional, appropriate dress will help to achieve a more polished performance. Gentlemen: Dress slacks(preferably black or khaki) are to be worn with a belt Shirts must be button down and encouraged to be worn with a tie Appropriate dress sweaters may be worn over a collared shirt Dress shoes must be worn(with appropriate socks to match) Undergarments must be worn and should not be visible at any time Suits are not required but are always encouraged! Ladies: Shall wear a nice pair of slacks Skirts no shorter than at the knee Must be professional dress material (no jean or corduroy) Professional tops required Undergarments must be worn and should not be visible at anytime Dress shoes must be worn (no open toe and must have a back) Suits are not required but are always encouraged! 3.) Visual Aids Ready to go Manuscripts prepared (In binders, glued to paper, etc.) Note card written out Punctual- DO NOT BE LATE!!!! If you have props in your speech you are required to be at school at least 5 minutes before the scheduled time 4.) Performance Room educate If you are double entered you must inform your judge before your round begins. Show respect for others performing and be quiet and attentive. Show appropriate Christian behavior. Team Support If you are not competing in your round or watching your competition, you should be in a room supporting a teammate. 5.) Casual Dress You may change into your Speech T-shirt once you are finished performing. 6.) Returning to School Clean up after yourself both after the meet and before getting off the bus. Put items such as tables chairs or easels BACK WHERE YOU FOUND THEM 4.) Expectations of parents Sign and return the NSAA Parent/Student consent form Reminder: Parents are not allowed to approach judges or directors of competition. If you have concerns, see the coaches. 5.) Snow Days/ Cancellations A calling tree will be formed and you will be contacted in the event of inclement weather A note will be passed to you on

4 10 Minute maximum time limit. No minimum. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this activity is to train speakers to choose and organize material supporting a central theme in a persuasive speech on a timely subject, and to present these ideas in a direct, communicative, and effective speaking manner. CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION Is there a clear thesis? Is it valid Is it reasonable? Is it persuasive? Is it relevant? Is there an appropriate introduction? Is there a clear and suitable structure? Is there a suitable conclusion? Is there sufficient supporting material? Is this support relevant, reliable, and/or documented? Is there critical thought? Does the contestant clearly address the issue with or without a solution? Is there clarity? Directness? Simplicity? Color? Is it direct? Extemporaneous? Conversational? If used, is the manuscript unobtrusive? Is the delivery technique effective? Thesis: Thesis clearly fulfills the purpose of the event. It is rational, reasonable, and relevant. If it is justified, clearly stated and well-developed. It shows originality, creativity, and depth of analysis. It is appropriate, genuine, and interesting to the audience. The audience learns or profits in some manner by the speaker’s topic/thesis. Organization: Clear, appropriate, and suitable introduction, body, and conclusion are present. Materials organized logically and coherently. Fluid, parallel transitions connect the segments of the speech, and enable the audience to accurately follow the speaker’s points/arguments. Ending is clear and satisfying. Content: Supporting material is sufficient, appropriate, reliable, and clearly relevant. Evidence supports the purpose and stated thesis. Sources are cited effectively when needed. Examples, stories, and details add interest and depth to the speech. Creativity and originality capture audience’s attention. Critical though is apparent throughout the speech. Style and Language: Speaker demonstrates mastery of mechanics, syntax, and grammar. Language is appropriate, correct and adapted to oral presentation. Word choice is direct and discriminating. Vocabulary demonstrates color, clarity, vividness, and clarity. Figures of speech allusions, rhetorical devices, and metaphor may be used to enhance understanding. Delivery: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Speaker is sincere, direct, and conversational, acknowledging the audience throughout. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding. Delivery is extemporaneous. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one half hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.) this contest shall consist of persuasive speeches actually written by the speaker delivering them. 2.) The speaker shall use any appropriate, worthwhile, and relevant subject matter which can be developed in the time allotted. 3.) Not more than 150 words of the speech shall be direct quotations from any other speech or writing, and such quotations indicated in the manuscript with quotation marks. (Each number combination referenced within a direct quote shall be counted as one word.) 4.) Extensive paraphrasing of any source is prohibited. 5.) The judge may request a copy of the manuscript at the conclusion of the speech. 6.) The best delivery technique retains the directness and simplicity of good conversation employing the necessary energy to reach all listeners. 7.) Material shall be organized according to some logical plan to produce a unified and coherent speech. 8.) Make the audience forget that this is a contest. Presentation Material Allowed May or may not use a lectern May or may not be presented from a manuscript Disqualification Criteria Extensive paraphrasing Having more than 150 quoted words Not having an original script Not providing a manuscript at the request of the judge at the conclusion of the speech Use of visual aids (no human props) Use of note cards

5 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION Is there a clear thesis? Is it valid Is it reasonable? Is it persuasive? Is it relevant? Is there an appropriate introduction? Is there a clear and suitable structure? Is there a suitable conclusion? Is there sufficient supporting material? Is this support relevant, reliable, and/or documented? Is there critical thought? Does the contestant clearly address the issue with or without a solution? Is there clarity? Directness? Simplicity? Color? Is it direct? Extemporaneous? Conversational? If used, is the manuscript unobtrusive? Is the delivery technique effective? Thesis: Thesis clearly fulfills the purpose of the event. It is rational, reasonable, and relevant. If it is justified, clearly stated and well-developed. It shows originality, creativity, and depth of analysis. It is appropriate, genuine, and interesting to the audience. The audience learns or profits in some manner by the speaker’s topic/thesis. Organization: Clear, appropriate, and suitable introduction, body, and conclusion are present. Materials organized logically and coherently. Fluid, parallel transitions connect the segments of the speech, and enable the audience to accurately follow the speaker’s points/arguments. Ending is clear and satisfying. Content: Supporting material is sufficient, appropriate, reliable, and clearly relevant. Evidence supports the purpose and stated thesis. Sources are cited effectively when needed. Examples, stories, and details add interest and depth to the speech. Creativity and originality capture audience’s attention. Critical though is apparent throughout the speech. Style and Language: Speaker demonstrates mastery of mechanics, syntax, and grammar. Language is appropriate, correct and adapted to oral presentation. Word choice is direct and discriminating. Vocabulary demonstrates color, clarity, vividness, and clarity. Figures of speech allusions, rhetorical devices, and metaphor may be used to enhance understanding. Delivery: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Speaker is sincere, direct, and conversational, acknowledging the audience throughout. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding. Delivery is extemporaneous. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one half hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.) This speech shall be of an entertaining nature composed by the contestant. 2.)This speech shall be an original composition. 3.)The speech shall be based on a theme or central idea and shall be delivered in an extemporaneous manner. 4.)Visual/audio media may be employed, but costuming and makeup shall not be used. Costuming is wearing any article of clothing, which is not normally worn at a speech contest, to enhance the presentation. 5.)An entertainment speech of an interesting nature shall combine the elements of basic organization, graphic word pictures, humor, and lively, animated delivery. 6.)The material presented shall be organized to produce a unified and coherent speech, rater than a loosely structured comic routine. 7.)The most effective speeches to entertain employ one or more of the following devices: exaggeration, understatement, plays on words, satire, or irony. 8.)Make the audience forget that this is a contest Presentation Material Allowed One 4”x6” note card (optional) Small table Visual Aid May or may not use a Lectern Stool Purse on shoulder Put on a guitar Disqualification Criteria Use of more than one 4”x6” note card Use of a car larger than 4”x6” Not an original speech Costumes/Make-up Human props 8 minute maximum time limit. No minimum. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this event is to encourage students to develop and demonstrate their creativity by employing imaginative thinking and language in their speech writing. The event should also exhibit their ability to organize and present a speech to entertain without mimicking professional comics and without entertaining only themselves.

6 Is there a clear thesis? Is it valid Is it reasonable? Is it persuasive? Is it relevant? Is there an appropriate introduction? Is there a clear and suitable structure? Is there a suitable conclusion? Is there sufficient supporting material? Is this support relevant, reliable, and/or documented? Is there critical thought? Does the contestant clearly address the issue with or without a solution? Is there clarity? Directness? Simplicity? Color? Is it direct? Extemporaneous? Conversational? If used, is the manuscript unobtrusive? Is the delivery technique effective? CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION Thesis: Thesis clearly fulfills the purpose of the event. It is rational, reasonable, and relevant. If it is justified, clearly stated and well-developed. It shows originality, creativity, and depth of analysis. It is appropriate, genuine, and interesting to the audience. The audience learns or profits in some manner by the speaker’s topic/thesis. Organization: Clear, appropriate, and suitable introduction, body, and conclusion are present. Materials organized logically and coherently. Fluid, parallel transitions connect the segments of the speech, and enable the audience to accurately follow the speaker’s points/arguments. Ending is clear and satisfying. Content: Supporting material is sufficient, appropriate, reliable, and clearly relevant. Evidence supports the purpose and stated thesis. Sources are cited effectively when needed. Examples, stories, and details add interest and depth to the speech. Creativity and originality capture audience’s attention. Critical though is apparent throughout the speech. Style and Language: Speaker demonstrates mastery of mechanics, syntax, and grammar. Language is appropriate, correct and adapted to oral presentation. Word choice is direct and discriminating. Vocabulary demonstrates color, clarity, vividness, and clarity. Figures of speech allusions, rhetorical devices, and metaphor may be used to enhance understanding. Delivery: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Speaker is sincere, direct, and conversational, acknowledging the audience throughout. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding. Delivery is extemporaneous. 5-7 minute time limit. Lowered one tank for time under or over by 30 seconds. The purpose of this event is to encourage students to read widely on current public events, and to train them to apply principles of speech composition on a selected timely topic in a limited period of time, and to deliver the speech with or without notes with fluency and effectiveness Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one half hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.) Topics are to be formulated from current public events. 2.) Specific topics shall be selected from subjects discussed in standard periodicals during the current school year. 3.)The NSAA office shall provide District Contest Directors with a list of topics chosen for the contest use. 4.) The preparation room supervisor may inspect the material used by each contestant. Pre-prepared exempt speeches, hand books, briefs, and outlines shall be barred from the preparation room. Underlining or highlighting on material will be allowed if done in only one color on each article or copy. 5.)NO electronic devices will be allowed in the preparation room. During preparation time, students may consult published books, magazines, newspapers, journals, or articles provided. 6.) Contest will draw three topics, select one without consulting anyone, and return the other two topics. 7.) After topic has been drawn, without consulting anyone, contestant shall go to an assigned room and is allowed one hour to prepare the speech. 8.) Prep time is defined as “beginning with the draw and ending with the presentation. 9.) Before speaking, the speaker shall present the judge with the official copy of the topic drawn and selected. 10.) Not a test of memory. A test of the materials contained in any one magazine article, but rather as an original thesis by the speaker of current facts and opinions on the designated topic as presented in various sources. 11.) Make the audience forget that this is a contest. Presentation Material Allowed One 4”x6” note card (optional) Disqualification Criteria Did not present judge with topic drawn Did not speak on the topic drawn Use of more than one 4”x6” note card Use of car larger than 4”x6” Violation of prep room guidelines

7 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION Is there a clear thesis? Is it valid Is it reasonable? Is it persuasive? Is it relevant? Is there an appropriate introduction? Is there a clear and suitable structure? Is there a suitable conclusion? Is there sufficient supporting material? Is this support relevant, reliable, and/or documented? Is there critical thought? Does the contestant clearly address the issue with or without a solution? Is there clarity? Directness? Simplicity? Color? Is it direct? Extemporaneous? Conversational? If used, is the manuscript unobtrusive? Is the delivery technique effective? Thesis: Thesis clearly fulfills the purpose of the event. It is rational, reasonable, and relevant. If it is justified, clearly stated and well-developed. It shows originality, creativity, and depth of analysis. It is appropriate, genuine, and interesting to the audience. The audience learns or profits in some manner by the speaker’s topic/thesis. Organization: Clear, appropriate, and suitable introduction, body, and conclusion are present. Materials organized logically and coherently. Fluid, parallel transitions connect the segments of the speech, and enable the audience to accurately follow the speaker’s points/arguments. Ending is clear and satisfying. Content: Supporting material is sufficient, appropriate, reliable, and clearly relevant. Evidence supports the purpose and stated thesis. Sources are cited effectively when needed. Examples, stories, and details add interest and depth to the speech. Creativity and originality capture audience’s attention. Critical though is apparent throughout the speech. Style and Language: Speaker demonstrates mastery of mechanics, syntax, and grammar. Language is appropriate, correct and adapted to oral presentation. Word choice is direct and discriminating. Vocabulary demonstrates color, clarity, vividness, and clarity. Figures of speech allusions, rhetorical devices, and metaphor may be used to enhance understanding. Delivery: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Speaker is sincere, direct, and conversational, acknowledging the audience throughout. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding. Delivery is extemporaneous. 8 minute maximum time limit. No minimum. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this event if to teach the student to organize and present material of informative nature, to increase knowledge of speech composition, to develop proficiency in delivery, and to utilize visual/audio media appropriately. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one half hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.) This event involves the gathering and organizing of material primarily informative in nature and composing an original speech. 2.) The primary purpose of this speech shall be to inform the audience. Any other purpose such as to entertain, to impress, or to convince shall be secondary. 3.)The speech shall be delivered extemporaneously. 4.) The student if encouraged, but not required, to use visual/audio media such as charts, maps, diagrams, or actual objects, always mindful that media should be an integral part of the presentation and not an unnecessary gimmick. 5.) The primary aim of this speech shall be to present information clearly and interestingly. 6.) The speech shall be well composed and delivered so that it is unmistakably clear and the possible understanding, explanation, and instruction occur. 7.) Make the audience forget that this is a contest. Presentation Material Allowed One 4”x6” note card (optional) Visual aid May or may not use a Lectern Disqualification Criteria Use of more than one 4”x6” note card Use of car larger than 4”x6” Not an original speech Costumes/Make-up Human props

8 Is there a clear thesis? Is it valid Is it reasonable? Is it persuasive? Is it relevant? Is there an appropriate introduction? Is there a clear and suitable structure? Is there a suitable conclusion? Is there sufficient supporting material? Is this support relevant, reliable, and/or documented? Is there critical thought? Does the contestant clearly address the issue with or without a solution? Is there clarity? Directness? Simplicity? Color? Is it direct? Extemporaneous? Conversational? If used, is the manuscript unobtrusive? Is the delivery technique effective? Thesis: Thesis clearly fulfills the purpose of the event. It is rational, reasonable, and relevant. If it is justified, clearly stated and well-developed. It shows originality, creativity, and depth of analysis. It is appropriate, genuine, and interesting to the audience. The audience learns or profits in some manner by the speaker’s topic/thesis. Organization: Clear, appropriate, and suitable introduction, body, and conclusion are present. Materials organized logically and coherently. Fluid, parallel transitions connect the segments of the speech, and enable the audience to accurately follow the speaker’s points/arguments. Ending is clear and satisfying. Content: Supporting material is sufficient, appropriate, reliable, and clearly relevant. Evidence supports the purpose and stated thesis. Sources are cited effectively when needed. Examples, stories, and details add interest and depth to the speech. Creativity and originality capture audience’s attention. Critical though is apparent throughout the speech. Style and Language: Speaker demonstrates mastery of mechanics, syntax, and grammar. Language is appropriate, correct and adapted to oral presentation. Word choice is direct and discriminating. Vocabulary demonstrates color, clarity, vividness, and clarity. Figures of speech allusions, rhetorical devices, and metaphor may be used to enhance understanding. Delivery: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Speaker is sincere, direct, and conversational, acknowledging the audience throughout. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding. Delivery is extemporaneous. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one half hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering 6-8 minute time limit. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this event if to encourage students to obtain a broad knowledge and appreciation of poets and their poetry, and to increase their ability to share with others the full meaning intended by the poet by interpreting from a manuscript. Additional Information 1.) The participant shall select, cut, and arrange one long poem or a group of poems unified by either a central theme of the writings of one poet. 2.) The presentation shall include introductory remarks to heighten the understanding of the theme or the poet’s works. Transitions are optional. 3.) The selection(s) must be interpreted from a manuscript. The performer may interpret the selection by referencing the manuscript or may give the selection solely by memory without reference to the manuscript. 4.) No costumes or props, with the exception of the intact manuscript, shall be permitted. 5.)Poetry interpretation is regarded as recreating the thoughts and emotions of the poet in the minds of the audience. 6.) In interpreting poetry from a manuscript, the meaning should be conveyed primarily through the voice with the aid of the appropriate body responsiveness, eye contact, and the other mechanisms of delivery. 7.) While effective use of rhythm can contribute to interpretation, the presentation should not become “sing-song” or monotonous. 8.) Make the audience forget that this is a contest. Presentation Material Allowed May or may not use a Lectern Must be interpreted from a manuscript Disqualification Criteria Not possessing and using a script CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION

9 Is it suitable for this group and the event? Is it well arranged? Is there an introduction that prepares listeners for the reading? Does the selection build to a climax? Is there unity in the whole presentation? Does it sustain a mood? Are the contestants believable? Do they portray the nuances of character? Do they utilize nonverbal as well as verbal communication? Are they poised? Do contestants work well together & handle scripts well? Does the staging enhance the presentation? Is there bodily responsiveness to the dialogue & interaction between contestants? Are movements and gestures suggested rather than acted? Is this an ensemble rather than several solos? Is off-stage focus or on-stage focus, or a combination of both? Is there empathetic appeal? Do the contestants understand the material and convey the though and mood to the audience? Is there feeling of completeness at the end? Is this a unified, balances presentation? Do the contestants bring this play to life? CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION SELECTION: The literature is appropriate to the performer and the event. The introduction heightens the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the literature. The author(s) and/or title(s) are clearly communicated. If needed, suitable transitions are provided to link components of the program. Is poetry, theme is clearly maintained PHYSICAL RESPONSIVENESS: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. If used, focal points are consistent and clearly delineate characters, enhance visualization, or distinguish narration. If used (or required) the manuscript is handled effectively and unobtrusively. VOCAL QUALITIES: Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding of the literature. The performer maintains a strong sense of vocal control. If used characters are distinguished vocally. PRESENTATION: If used, characterization is consistent and remains within the realm of suggestion. If used narration is distinguished from characterization. If used, multiple selections are clearly distinguished from one another with transitional devices. In poetry, poetic devices (rhyme, imagery, rhythm, etc.) are mastered by the performer. OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS: The presentation is spontaneous and genuine. The performer created and maintains a strong sense of mood. The performance advances the literature. Merit is reflected through the literature’s university, individuality, and suggestion. The performance is true to the author’s intended purpose. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.) The presentation shall be an interpretation of drama and not a play production. 2.) Each member of the group MUST possess a copy of the manuscript. 3.) The manuscript shall be an ORIGINAL CUTTING OF A PLAY. 4.) The number of contestants in each group shall not be fewer than three nor more than five. 5.) If the script calls for more than five characters, and it is impossible to omit additional characters, contestants may read more than one character. 6.) An introduction shall provide continuity for the cutting. 7.) Interpretation of Drama may be presented in a variety of ways. It may be performed with the contestants in any effective arrangement(use of music stands, levels, scripts). 8.) Movement is allowed but shall remain in the realm of suggestion rather than that of realistic acting. 9.) Either off-stage focus, on-stage focus, or a combination of both may be utilized by the contestants. 10.) Entrances and exits shall be suggested. 11.) Deliberate touching in any part of the presentation shall not be permitted. 12.) Make the audience forget that this is a contest. 15 Minute maximum time limit. No minimum. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this activity is to train students to create within the minds of the audience a clear impression of the playwright’s central idea, plot, characters, situations, and mood in the play or in the scenes being interpreted. Presentation Material Allowed Music stand Levels Use of a manuscript Disqualification Criteria Deliberate touching during any part of the presentation. Use of costumes, make-up, properties, special lighting, mechanical sound effects (such as machine or tool made) Each contestant not possessing a copy of the manuscript. Not using an original cutting of a play. Fewer than three or more than five performers.

10 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION Is there an effective intro which heightens the understanding and appreciation of the selection? Are there suitable transitions? Is this an effective cutting? If used, is the script handled effectively? Does the contestant display good poise, gesture, and posture? Is there control, variety, and strength? Is the mood maintained? Is there believability? Is there consistency? Are characters easily distinguished? Is narration is used, is it effective? Is there differentiation between character(s) and narration? Do the narration and characterization complement each other? Is the presentation spontaneous and genuine? SELECTION: The literature is appropriate to the performer and the event. The introduction heightens the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the literature. The author(s) and/or title(s) are clearly communicated. If needed, suitable transitions are provided to link components of the program. Is poetry, theme is clearly maintained PHYSICAL RESPONSIVENESS: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. If used, focal points are consistent and clearly delineate characters, enhance visualization, or distinguish narration. If used (or required) the manuscript is handled effectively and unobtrusively. VOCAL QUALITIES: Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding of the literature. The performer maintains a strong sense of vocal control. If used characters are distinguished vocally. PRESENTATION: If used, characterization is consistent and remains within the realm of suggestion. If used narration is distinguished from characterization. If used, multiple selections are clearly distinguished from one another with transitional devices. In poetry, poetic devices (rhyme, imagery, rhythm, etc.) are mastered by the performer. OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS: The presentation is spontaneous and genuine. The performer created and maintains a strong sense of mood. The performance advances the literature. Merit is reflected through the literature’s university, individuality, and suggestion. The performance is true to the author’s intended purpose. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one half hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.)The selection shall be an original cutting or arrangement of prose literature from published books, short stories, or plays. (Note: Plays written in poetic verse are acceptable.) 2.) Commercially produced cuttings are not to be used. 3.) Commercially produced cutting designed to heighten attention, understanding, and appreciation of the selection by the audience. 4.) The selection may be memorized or delivered from a manuscript with or without a lectern. 5.) The art of interpretation is to be regarded as essentially one of suggesting the meaning, feeling, and mood of a story so vividly as to recreate the author’s work in the minds of the audience. 6.) This is a contest in oral interpretation, not acting. 7.) The contestant should try to distinguish all the characters by suggesting distinctive visual and auditory clues. 8.) Familiarity with the script, if used, is essential so that the contestant may maintain eye contact with the audience the majority of the time. 9.) Make the audience forget that this is a contest. Presentation Material Allowed Manuscript May or may not use a lectern. Disqualification Criteria Use of a commercially produced cutting. 10 Minute maximum time limit. No minimum. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this activity is to train students to convey the thoughts, feelings, and mood of a selection of prose literature to an audience.

11 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION SELECTION: The literature is appropriate to the performer and the event. The introduction heightens the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the literature. The author(s) and/or title(s) are clearly communicated. If needed, suitable transitions are provided to link components of the program. Is poetry, theme is clearly maintained PHYSICAL RESPONSIVENESS: Speaker is polished and poised. Posture, gestures, movement, and eye contact are superb. If used, focal points are consistent and clearly delineate characters, enhance visualization, or distinguish narration. If used (or required) the manuscript is handled effectively and unobtrusively. VOCAL QUALITIES: Articulation and pronunciation are clear and correct. Pace, pause, volume, emphasis, inflection, and timing enhance understanding of the literature. The performer maintains a strong sense of vocal control. If used characters are distinguished vocally. PRESENTATION: If used, characterization is consistent and remains within the realm of suggestion. If used narration is distinguished from characterization. If used, multiple selections are clearly distinguished from one another with transitional devices. In poetry, poetic devices (rhyme, imagery, rhythm, etc.) are mastered by the performer. Is there an effective intro which heightens the understanding and appreciation of the selection? Are there suitable transitions? Is this an effective cutting? If used, is the script handled effectively? Does the contestant display good poise, gesture, and posture? Is there control, variety, and strength? Is the mood maintained? Is there believability? Is there consistency? Are characters easily distinguished? Is narration is used, is it effective? Is there differentiation between character(s) and narration? Do the narration and characterization complement each other? Is the presentation spontaneous and genuine? OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS: The presentation is spontaneous and genuine. The performer created and maintains a strong sense of mood. The performance advances the literature. Merit is reflected through the literature’s university, individuality, and suggestion. The performance is true to the author’s intended purpose. 10 Minute maximum time limit. No minimum. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this activity is to train students to convey the thoughts, feelings, and mood of a selection of prose literature to an audience. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of one half hour per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.)The selection shall be an original cutting or arrangement of prose literature from published books, short stories, or plays. (Note: Plays written in poetic verse are acceptable.) 2.) Commercially produced cuttings are not to be used. 3.) Commercially produced cutting designed to heighten attention, understanding, and appreciation of the selection by the audience. 4.) The selection may be memorized or delivered from a manuscript with or without a lectern. 5.) The art of interpretation is to be regarded as essentially one of suggesting the meaning, feeling, and mood of a story so vividly as to recreate the author’s work in the minds of the audience. 6.) This is a contest in oral interpretation, not acting. 7.) The contestant should try to distinguish all the characters by suggesting distinctive visual and auditory clues. 8.) Familiarity with the script, if used, is essential so that the contestant may maintain eye contact with the audience the majority of the time. 9.) Make the audience forget that this is a contest. Presentation Material Allowed Manuscript May or may not use a lectern. Disqualification Criteria Use of a commercially produced cutting.

12 CRITERIA FOR EVALUATION Is the performance appropriate to the event and the actors? Is the performance sufficiently challenging? Is adequate and effective background material provided? Is the cutting arranged satisfactorily? Is there and appropriate introduction? Is there a clear and suitable structure? Is there a suitable conclusion? Do the actors demonstrate good vocal qualities? Di the actors convey understanding of the characters to the audience? Are the actors believable characters? Do the actors convey emotional responsiveness? Do the actors use stage business, action/ration, facial expression, and movement? Do the actors convey the mood of the selection? Is there a playwright’s purpose accomplished? SELECTION: The literature is appropriate to the performer and the event. The introduction heightens the audience’s understanding and appreciation of the literature. The author(s) and/or title(s) are clearly communicated. If needed, suitable transitions are provided to link components of the program. Is poetry, theme is clearly maintained UNDERSTANDING: Actors demonstrate an understanding of the script and the motivation of characters through the script. The performance is true to the intent of the playwright. The actors are clearly in control of the characters and the script throughout the performance. CHARACTERIZATION: The actors use vocal traits to create the characters in the performance which include variety in pitch, rate, and quality. The actors use projection, enunciation and articulation. The actors create characters through the use of gesture, movement, facial expression, and posture. Characters are clearly motivated and sustained. The actors are very well rehearsed and distinct. ENSAMBLE EFFECT: The actors work together with imagination to establish the mood and meaning of the play. The performance shows evidence of rehearsal, a sense of creativity and an understanding of the play and each actor’s part in the performance. All actors are focused. OVERALL EFFECT: The actors are always the physical embodiment of the characters they are portraying. They use external expression to display the concept of the characters. The actors are polished in their use of gesture, movement, facial expression and posture, The characters are controlled, precise, and believable. 12 Minute maximum time limit. No minimum. Lowered one rank for overtime exceeding 30 seconds. The purpose of this activity is to encourage actors to exercise creative imagination in the selection, adaptation, and presentation of material suitable for theatre. In this event, actors will reveal their ability to create characters, communicate the interrelationship of characters, and create the meaning of the material used. Practice Requirements 1.) Minimum practice of 45 minutes per week (beginning Dec. 1 st ) Attendance is required for lettering Additional Information 1.) This event shall consist of a scene or sequence of theatrical material which requires two actors to perform. 2.) Narration may be used to provide necessary expository background or transitional information. 3.) The narrator shall be one or both of the two actors. 4.) The use of scripts, costuming, make-up, and lighting shall not be permitted in this activity. 5.) Hand props, mechanical sound effects, and costuming shall not be permitted. 6.) Actors may play more than one character. 7.) The final test of Duet Acting is the ability of the actors to cause the audience to forget that this is a contest. Presentation Material Allowed Table Two chairs Disqualification Criteria Scripts, hand props, mechanical sound effects (Machine or tool made), costuming, or make-up use More than two actors


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