2022 — Greer, SC/US
In this event for novices, the competitor reads from a manuscript a selection of prose or poetry. The reader may choose to perform a single story or poem, a work of children’s literature, an excerpt from a longer work, or a program of works. The selection should not be memorized, but the competitor should demonstrate clear familiarity with the piece. Limited movement is allowed, and the speaker may depict characters in the work. However, emphasis should be placed on vocal performance and the effective use of narration. Excellent posture, evocative hand gestures, good eye contact, and the graceful handling of the manuscript are to be rewarded. The manuscript may be used as a prop, so long as it stays in the student’s control at all times.
Time Limit: 10 minutes, with a 30 second grace period. (Presentations that exceed the grace period may not receive first place in the round. Any other penalty is at the judge’s discretion.)