2023 — Ridgeland, MS/US
Selections shall be cuttings from a single source such as a single novel, short story, play, poem, or screenplay. No contestant may use the same piece of literature that he or she used in previous competitive seasons.
The material may be humorous, dramatic, or a combination of the two.
Each performer may play one or more characters so long as the performance responsibility in the cutting remains as balanced as possible.
The selection shall require no more than ten minutes. There is a 30-second grace period. Students who exceed the time limit by more than 30 seconds should not be given first place in the panel. There is no official time limit.
The interpretation must be delivered from memory; no notes, prompting or scripts shall be permitted. No costumes or props shall be permitted. During the performance, on-stage focus (meaning contestants MAY look directly at each other) may and/or should be employed by both contestants. Contestants are encouraged to touch and make eye contact during any part of the performance.
Two chairs will be allowed for use as props or to facilitate blocking and to create levels, atmosphere, and environment.