LHS Oriole Oral Interp Invitational
2022 — Lennox, SD/US
Readers Theatre is an event in which a group of three to six students interpretively present literature. 1. Readers Theatre vs. One-Act Plays. While the One-Act Play is a theatrical performance of a play (or play cutting) 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. 2. Selections/Materials. Materials used may include prose, verse, drama, speeches, diaries, letters, essays, original compositions, etc. NOTE: A school may not use any of the same literary materials in two consecutive years, but other literature from the same “selection”/source may be used. 3. Time Limits. The time limit for a Readers Theatre performance including the introduction is ten minutes. 4. Preparation and Presentation. A. Manuscripts are optional. They may be held and/or placed on music stands. If manuscripts are used, members of the group must carry their manuscript as they move from place to place during the performance. Revised 7/19 Oral Interp - 9 B. Costumes, make-up, and props are prohibited, but it is allowable for a school to have the participants dress in a uniform manner. C. Performers may use either a uniform set of stools (between 24" and 30" high, having no back and unable to swivel) or a set of straight chairs. A school SHALL NOT use a combination of stools and chairs. The maximum number of chairs or stools allowed shall be no greater than the number of performers in the group. Schools are responsible for providing their own stools or chairs. NOTE: The performers cannot stand or kneel on the chairs or stools. The chairs or stools are only to be used for sitting. D. Limited stage movement shall be allowed. The narrator may move about and the compositional groupings may change. E. The performers may react to each other’s verbal and/or non-verbal expressions, but they may not touch each other. F. A narrated introduction or transitional material within the cutting may be given by one or more members. Only during the presentation of the introduction and/or original transitional material may physical or eye contact be made with the other members of the group. The narrated introduction shall be included in the time limit for the selection.