Stephen Stewart Memorial Middle and High School Invitational
2023 — Milpitas, CA/US
GENERAL RULES: No selection shall be the contestant’s own work; the contestant shall suggest the thoughts, emotions, the ideas and the purposes of the author. No costumes or props (the use of something extraneous to the body) shall be permitted in interpretation with the exception of thematic interpretation which requires the student to hold a manuscript. Although gestures or pantomime may be used, they should be used with restraint. IDENTIFICATION OF THE SELECTION: The title of the selection, name of the author, and appropriate source cites shall be given by the contestant when the selection is introduced. TIME LIMITS: 10 minutes. No time signals are necessary. AIDS: The interpretation must be delivered from memory. No notes, prompting, or scripts are permitted.
Humorous Interpretation (HI): In this event, the speaker will give a presentation of a humorous story, play, poem, novel or other literary material. The piece must come from a published source. The student will attempt to interpret the story through the use of characters, voices, gestures and facial expressions. They must state the title and author. Consider the quality of the student’s interpretation. Please remember, humorous interpretation does NOT mean that the funniest speech wins. The first place should go to the student who does the best job of interpretation. Both one-character monologues and multiple characters may be used.