WHS Mustang Middle School Debate Invitational
2022 — Houston, TX/US
5 minutes max (Includes introduction)- This is a performance of literature written for an audience of children ages 3-9. The presentation should be memorized. Emphasis should be placed on exaggerated actions, vocal variety, and facial expressions. Movement should be limited to a 3-foot radius.
– One chair allowed; NO desks/props/costumes
– Movement/blocking strongly encouraged
Storytelling is a published work that is appropriate for a five year old. It is to be memorized, include a memorized introduction to set the mood and/or scene, and give the title and author. The introduction may include limited movement, but should be distinct from the piece itself.
Judges should not count off for lack of movement in the introduction. Movement within the piece is allowed and strongly encouraged and should complement the piece.
One chair may be used, but no other props or costumes are allowed. The performer should present the piece to the audience as if they were kindergarten children.
Judging will be based on the student’s interpretation of the story through vocal control, facial/body expressions, use of space, and the ability to act out the story to make it come alive.