Stephen Stewart Memorial Middle and High School Invitational

2023 — Milpitas, CA/US

Oratorical Interpretation (Declamation)

Abbreviation OI
Format Speech
Entry Fee $35.00
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

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.

Oratorical Interpretation (OI): In this event, students will interpret a speech that was given at some point in time (i.e. the Gettysburg Address, "I Have A Dream", Bill Gates commencement address). The speech may be dramatic, humorous or formal (see above for descriptions of each event). The first place should go to the student who does the best job interpreting their selection. The selection must be from a published speech given by a real person and which shall have originated as a public address. Selections may be cuttings or excerpts of the author’s speech. The contestant must give the author, title, source, place and date of original delivery in the introduction of the speech.