Norman North Mnemosyne

2022 — Norman, OK/US

5A Dramatic Duet

Abbreviation 5A DD
Format Speech
Entry Fee $8.00
Entry 2 competitors per entry

Event Description:

  1. This event will be divided into two (2) divisions - Humorous Duet and Dramatic Duet.

  2. Duet teams must qualify together as a team. In all events (except cross-examination debate, public forum debate, extemporaneous speaking, and Lincoln-Douglas debate) a student who qualifies for regionals may not enter the same event at any subsequent qualifying tournament prior to regionals. In case of an emergency situation, a school will be allowed to substitute one (1) team member if the substitution is approved by the Association (See Rule VII, Section B). No substitutions will be allowed after the contest begins.

  3. The event shall consist of a cutting from a single work of published, worthwhile literature containing two or more characters using the same diction the author has used in the original manuscript. Materials taken from a recording will not be accepted. In no case may a school use more than two (2) students to interpret all characters and perform all these functions. Additional wording may be added only for the purpose of introduction, transition, and conclusion. Transitions must be used as a vehicle for time or location change only. Total time of introduction, conclusion, and all transitions may not exceed two (2) minutes. Authors’ wording may not be altered except to delete vulgarities and offensive language.

  4. The cutting must be presented without scenery, special lighting, costume and adjustment of clothing, make-up, sound effects, properties, or furniture (other than two simple chairs furnished by the student or host school and the chairs may be used as props). The use of chairs is optional.

  5. Maximum time of ten (10) minutes includes all expositions.

  6. This is a memorized event. Use of script is not permissible.

  7. A copy from the original published script must be available. This copy must have all lines highlighted if they are to be performed. A typed copy of all transitions must also be available. Each separate transition must be numbered with the correct corresponding number placed in the script at the appropriate location. Penalty for failure to have available or follow proper form is disqualification.

  8. Verbal prompting from the audience is not allowed.

  9. All performances must be void of profanity, vulgarity, nudity,obscenity, and hate speech. Use of these may result in lowered ranking or disqualification by the judges and a protest filed with the tournament director.