VHSL Super Regions 5CD and 6AB Forensics 2023

2023 — Midlothian, VA/US

6AB Prose Interpretation

Abbreviation 6ABPRO
Format Speech
Entry Fee $0.00
Entry Limit Per School 2
Entry 1 competitors per entry

Event Description:

Purpose of Contest: To encourage appreciation of the full meaning of the printed page and the oral communication of that meaning to others with apparent spontaneity, and with directness, simplicity, and sincerity without distracting the audience through faulty pronunciation or indistinct enunciation.

Contest Regulations:

1. Each contestant shall read one prepared prose selection of his/her own choice with a total reading time of not more than ten minutes. Adjudicators will not provide time signals, and students may not time themselves. In a prose selection, there may be dialogue, but most of the story may be told by a narrator. Usually, the prose is also a bit more subdued in its delivery than a serious dramatic interpretation and making the story (rather than the characters) come to life is more important. No reader may use a prepared prose selection, adaptation, or cutting that he/she has read in a regional, super-regional, or state contest in a previous year, a selection he/she has written or a selection written about his/her own experiences. The contestant may preface his/her reading with an introductory statement that will give the audience a better understanding of the selection read, provided his total time does not exceed ten minutes. Visual contact with a manuscript is required. Any contestant who exceeds the established time limit by more than 30 seconds may not rank first or score highest in the round. There is no minimum time requirement. Contestant must present the same selection in each round of a given tournament.

Examples of Judging Criteria

Appearance: speaker’s appearance is appropriate for competition

Poise: speaker is prepared, confident, composed

Choice of Selection: selection is appropriate, and fitting to speaker, category and audience

Organization: selection flows; editing/cutting is coherent

Interpretation: speaker’s interpretation is intelligible, effective, engaging, and entertaining

Communication: speaker presents material effectively in a way audience can understand story, characters, and character(s) motivation; establishes mood

Articulation: speaker enunciates, pronounces words correctly, and is understandable

Projection: speaker uses appropriate volume

Vocal Characterization: speaker clearly and thoughtfully creates different voices/accents for characters and is consistent when transitioning between/among characters

Physical Characterization: speaker clearly and thoughtfully creates and presents characters by incorporating appropriate and distinct gestures, body postures, behaviors, and other relevant physicality, and is consistent when transitioning between/among characters

Pace: pacing is appropriately varied, is not too fast or too slow

Freshness: speaker presents material with an “illusion of the first time” as if it were brand new; presentation is not stale or rote

Energy: speaker presents material with appropriate energy level, is not monotonous

Impact: presentation is impactful and arouses emotion in audience

Eye Contact: appropriate, focused, balance between audience and manuscript to convey dramatic reading