2022 — Greer, SC/US
Novice Program Oral Interpretation
POI is a program of oral interpretation of thematically-linked selections chosen from two or three genres: prose, poetry, plays. A primary focus of this event should be on the development of the theme or argument through the use of narrative, story, language, and/or characterization. Competitors are encouraged to devote approximately equal time to each of the genres used in the program. At least two pieces of literature that represent at least two genres must be used. The use of a manuscript is required. An introduction should set the stage, enhancing the interpretation of the literature to the audience, providing information and analysis to the chosen theme. All selections must be verbally identified by title and author; however, where, when, and how these are accomplished are the speaker’s decisions. The manuscript may be used by the contestant as a prop so long as it remains in the contestant’s control at all times. No costumes or props other than the manuscript are permitted. Adaptations may be made only for the purposes of transition. This is a contest in oral interpretation. The contestant should be evaluated on poise, quality, and use of voice, inflection, pronunciation, and the ability to interpret characters consistently. In developing a creative, thematic program, attention should be given to the design and organization of a cohesive and carefully conceived whole by linking authors and ideas inherent to the literature. The contestant must address the script; however, introduction and transitional materials may be memorized.
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.)