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Extemporaneous Speech (Domestic and Foreign)

Section 1. The extemporaneous speech is a spontaneous, original oral expression of ideas on a given subject about which the speaker has had previous knowledge, preparation and planning. The speaker may or may not use a note card during presentation.

Topics:

The general subject for extemporaneous speech shall be “Current Affairs.” Topics shall cover both domestic and foreign affairs. Specifically, U.S. domestic and U.S. foreign policy (domestic affairs); and domestic affairs of foreign countries and the foreign affairs of all countries, including the United States (foreign affairs). The topics shall be worded in question form and be selected from a variety of print and non-print news sources. Topics shall be selected from issues published between December 1 and April 1 of the current school year.

Sec. 2. Drawing: Each participant shall draw three topics, choose one and return the other two. The other participants shall draw in like manner, in the order of speaking, at intervals of ten minutes. A participant drawing a topic on which she/he has spoken previously in the tournament shall return it and draw again.

Sec. 3. Preparation: As soon as a topic is chosen, the participant shall withdraw and prepare a speech without consultation and without references to prepared notes. Students may consult originals or photocopies of published books, magazines, newspapers, journals, articles or unannotated indices.

No other material shall be allowed in the extemporaneous prep room. Extemporaneous speeches, handbooks, briefs and outlines shall be barred from the extemporaneous prep room. Underlining or highlighting will be allowed if done in only one color on each article or copy. There shall be a full 30 minutes of preparation time for each student. Students are not allowed to consult other individuals and shall remain in the extemporaneous preparation room the full 30 minutes.

Sec. 4. Notes: During the speech, brief notes may be used but they must be on a single card no larger than a 4 x 6 note card. The judge is expected to enforce this rule. The ethics committee shall decide on the penalty of disqualification for the use of more copious notes.

Sec. 5. Time: The extemporaneous speech shall be no longer than seven (7) minutes.

Impromptu Speech

Section 1. The Impromptu speech is an original interpretation by the speaker of the designated topic as supported by varied materials and gives the contestant the opportunity to be creative and imaginative. Topics: Impromptu topics will include proverbs, abstract words, events, quotations, and famous people.

Sec. 2. Drawing: Five minutes before the round is to begin, the first speaker shall draw three topics, choose one, and return the other two. The other contestants shall draw in a like manner, in the order of speaking, at intervals of six minutes. The same list of topics shall be used for the drawing by each section. A different subject area will be used for each round.

Sec. 3. Preparation: As soon as a topic is chosen, the contestant shall withdraw and prepare a speech without consultation and without references to prepared notes. Students may consult published books, magazines, newspapers, journals or articles there from, provided:

a.They are originals or photocopies of originals.

b.That original article or copy is intact and uncut.

c.There is no written material on original or copy.

d. Topical index without annotation is allowed.

No other material shall be allowed in the Impromptu prep room other than the stated above. Speeches, handbooks, briefs, and outlines shall be barred from the prep room. Underlining or highlighting in materials will be allowed if done in one color on each article or copy. No electronic retrieval device may be utilized, but printed materials from “online” computer services may be utilized.

Sec. 4. Prep Time: Preparation time, including draw, will amount to five minutes for each competitor per round.

Sec. 5. Recuse: A student may not leave the Impromptu prep room without permission of the proctor.

Sec. 6. Notes: No notes shall be used during the presentation.

Sec. 7. Time: There is NO minimum qualifying time, but the contestant must cover the subject adequately. The impromptu speech shall be no longer than five (5) minutes.

Informative Speech

Section 1. An informative speech is one which provides a learning experience for the listener by instructing or by giving information in an interesting manner.

Sec. 2. Informative speeches shall be the work of the student.

a. If a student qualifies for regional or state speech and drama festival or state speech championship, and it is found he/she has been guilty of plagiarism, he/she shall be disqualified. Plagiarism shall be defined as a quotation of more than four words without giving the source.

b. Students should be encouraged to use good informative format: Introduction (attention device, sign-posting/preview of topics, etc.), Body and Conclusion.

Sec. 3. Speeches shall not be more than seven (7) minutes in length.


Sec. 4. Informative speeches shall be memorized and given without notes. Prompting shall not be allowed. Charts, displays, maps, graphs or any other materials which could be used for demonstration purposes are not permissible.

Original Oration

Section 1. An original oration shall be defined as a memorized, original persuasive speech with a unique approach to a universal theme.

Sec. 2. Original orations shall be the work of the student.

a. If a student qualifies for regional or state speech and drama festival or state speech championship, and it is found he/ she has been guilty of plagiarism, he/she shall be disqualified. Plagiarism shall be defined as a quotation of more than four words without giving the source.

b. Students should be encouraged to use standard persuasive format; such as, Monroe’s Motivated Sequence (Attention, Need, Satisfaction, Visualization, Action) or Problem-Cause-Solution.

Sec. 3. Original orations shall not be more than ten (10) minutes in length.


Sec. 4. Original orations shall be memorized and given without notes. Prompting shall not be allowed. Charts, displays, maps, graphs or any other materials which could be used for demonstration purposes are not permissible.

Oral Interpretation of Poetry

Section 1. Poetry is writing which expresses ideas, experience or emotion through the creative arrangement of words according to their sound, their rhythm and their meaning. Poetry relies on verse and stanza form.

Sec. 2. Time: Presentations shall not last more than seven (7) minutes including required introduction which will state at least the title(s) and author(s). The introduction must be memorized. The participant may complete a sentence after time is called. If an official timekeeper is assigned, a participant shall be penalized if the time limit is exceeded.

Sec. 3. Selection: One or more selections of poetry shall be read from the printed manuscript during the performance.

a. “Printed” shall be interpreted to mean either the printed manuscript or a typewritten copy.

b. Only published printed words may be used. Selections may be taken from published works of humorous or serious literature and shall NOT be transcribed from records, tapes, television, movies, or be the original work of the student or coach. Material from the internet that is not published and printed is prohibited. Original material published in a local high school publication such as a newspaper, literary magazine, or yearbook is prohibited. No play scripts or other material in script form may be used. In the event of a challenge of material, the coach or sponsor must produce the original or copy of the publication at regional and state festivals or championships.

c. The selection or selections shall NOT be memorized. Selections shall be made by the student and prepared before the tournament. e. No properties shall be allowed.

Sec. 4. Presentation: Performances must be from a manuscript (which may be in a folder). Reading from a book or magazine is not permitted. Since the contestant will be holding a manuscript, use of that manuscript should be an integral part of the performance. Responsive use of the body (i.e., spontaneous changes in posture and gesture) is permissible so long as this active use of the body is appropriate to the demands of the selection and a natural outgrowth from the literature being performed. With the exception of a small step at transitions, the performer’s feet shall not move. Along with appropriate, effective physical presentation, the contestant will also be evaluated in terms of technique (breathing, tone, pitch, enunciation, phrasing, pace, etc.) and artistry (presentation of mood and imagery, vocal characterization, etc.). The final test of good interpretation is the ability to use all these factors so successfully and unobtrusively that the audience forgets that this is a contest in a created atmosphere and is carried into the real or imagined world of the selection(s).

Oral Interpretation of Prose

Section 1. Prose expresses thought through language recorded in sentences and paragraphs. Prose includes fiction (short stories, novels) and non-fiction (articles, essays, journals, biographies). No play scripts or other material in script form may be used.

Sec. 2. Time: Presentations shall not last more than seven (7) minutes including a required introduction which will state at least the title(s) and author(s). The introduction must be memorized. The participant may complete a sentence after time is called. If an official timekeeper is assigned, a participant shall be penalized if the time limit is exceeded.

Sec. 3. Selection: One or more selections of prose shall be read from the printed manuscript during the performance.

a. “Printed” shall be interpreted to mean either the printed manuscript or a typewritten copy.

b. Only published printed words may be used. Selections may be taken from published works of humorous or serious literature and shall NOT be transcribed from records, tapes, television, movies, or be the original work of the student or coach. Material from the internet that is not published and printed is prohibited. Original material published in a local high school publication such as a newspaper, literary magazine, or yearbook is prohibited. No play scripts or other material in script form may be used. In the event of a challenge of material, the coach or sponsor must produce the original or copy of the publication at regional and state festivals or championships.

c. The selection or selections shall NOT be memorized.
d. Selections shall be made by the student and prepared before the tournament. e. No properties shall be allowed.

Sec. 4. Presentation: Performances must be from a manuscript (which may be in a folder). Reading from a book or magazine is not permitted. Since the contestant will be holding a manuscript, use of that manuscript should be an integral part of the performance. Responsive use of the body (i.e., spontaneous changes in posture and gesture) is permissible so long as this active use of the body is appropriate to the demands of the selection and a natural outgrowth from the literature being performed. With the exception of a small step at transitions, the performer ’s feet shall not move. Along with appropriate, effective physical presentation, the contestant will also be evaluated in terms of technique (breathing, tone, pitch, enunciation, phrasing, pace, etc.) and artistry (presentation of mood and imagery, vocal characterization, etc.). The final test of good interpretation is the ability to use all these factors so successfully and unobtrusively that the audience forgets that this is a contest in a created atmosphere and is carried into the real or imagined world of the selection(s).

Humorous Solo Acting

Section 1. Humorous Solo Acting shall not be more than ten (10) minutes in length including an introduction. A student may participate and qualify in both serious and humorous solo acting categories.

Sec. 2. Humorous Solo Acting selections shall be memorized and given without notes. Prompting shall not be allowed.


Sec. 3. Humorous Solo Acting shall be interpreted as an acting event where the entire stage area may be used. Stage make-up, costumes or properties shall be prohibited with the exception of a chair.

Sec. 4. The actor should use only actions motivated by the language/characterization of the selection.

Sec. 5. A person who qualifies in Humorous Interpretation is eligible for Humorous Solo Acting at state speech championship and state speech and drama festival. (The event sponsored by KSHSAA is solo acting. However, some tournaments use humorous interpretations which limits movement and action more than the acting event.)

Sec. 6. A selection shall be taken from a published work of humorous literature and shall NOT be transcribed from records, tapes, television, movies, or be the original work of the student or coach. Selections can include published play scripts, short stories, novels, poetry and published television or movie scripts. In the event of a challenge, the coach or sponsor must produce the original or copy of the publication at regional and state festivals or championships.

Serious Solo Acting

Section 1. Serious Solo Acting shall not be more than ten (10) minutes in length including an introduction. A student may participate and qualify in both serious and humorous solo acting categories.

Sec. 2. Serious Solo Acting selections shall be memorized and given without notes. Prompting shall not be allowed.

 

Sec. 3. Serious Solo Acting shall be interpreted as an acting event where the entire stage area may be used. Stage make-up, costumes or properties shall be prohibited with the exception of a chair.

Sec. 4. The actor should use only actions motivated by the language/characterization of the selection.

Sec. 5. A person who qualifies in Dramatic Interpretation is eligible for Serious Solo Acting at state speech championship and state speech and drama festival. (The event sponsored by KSHSAA is solo acting. However, some tournaments use dramatic interpretations which limits movement and action more than the acting event.)

Sec. 6. A selection shall be taken from a published work of serious literature and shall NOT be transcribed from records, tapes, television, movies, or be the original work of the student or coach. Selections can include published play scripts, short stories, novels, poetry and published television or movie scripts. In the event of a challenge, the coach or sponsor must produce the original or copy of the publication at regional and state festivals or championships.

Duet Acting (Humorous and Serious)

Section 1. Duet Acting shall be defined as an acting exercise composed of two students who portray a memorized ten (10) minute cutting from a published work of literature. Prompting shall not be allowed.

Sec. 2. Duet Acting selections shall not be more than ten minutes in length. This shall include the introduction.


Sec. 3. A student may portray one or multiple character(s) in a scene. Cuttings of multiple scenes may be bridged by memorized narration.

Sec. 4. A narrated introduction to the cutting shall be given by one or both members. This shall be included in the (10) ten- minute time limit.

Sec. 5. Stage makeup, costumes or properties shall be prohibited with the exception of two (2) chairs and a table. Standing on the table is not permitted.

Sec. 6. Students who qualify at an invitational DUO Interpretation event are eligible for KSHSAA’s Duet Acting event, provided all guidelines for KSHSAA’s Duet Acting event were followed. At state speech championships and state speech and drama festivals the event is Duet Acting.

Sec. 7. Selections shall be taken from published works of humorous or serious literature and shall NOT be transcribed from records, tapes, television, movies, or be the original work of the student or coach. Selections can include published play scripts, short stories, novels and poetry, and published television or movie scripts. In the event of a challenge, the coach or sponsor must produce the original or copy of the publication at regional and state festivals or championships.

Sec. 8. If double entered in Duet Acting and DUO, the student may NOT use the same piece/selection. It is permissible to be with different partners.

 

 

Improvised Duet Acting (IDA)

Section 1. Improvised Duet Acting shall be defined as an improvised acting exercise composed of two students who portray an original scene created after drawing the subject. The scene should establish two characters, a situation or problem and a solution to the conflict.

Sec. 2. Topics

a. Drawing: Each IDA team shall draw three (3) topics from EACH of the following areas: character, situation and location. The drawing sequence may be in any order, but only one area (3 topics) may be drawn at a time. All three areas (9 topics) shall not be drawn at one time.

• Each IDA team shall draw 3 characters, select 2 characters and return 1 character. • Each IDA team shall draw 3 situations, select 1 situation and return 2 situations. • Each IDA team shall draw 3 locations, select 1 location and return 2 locations.

b. Each area (character, situation, location) should be on a different colored paper. The area name and ONE topic shall be on each slip of paper. Topics should be “generic” in nature, which require improvisation and NOT impersonation. For example, proper nouns would not be appropriate topics.

c. Preparation: The drawings for topics shall be held in a room apart from the preparation room. The chairperson of the preparation room shall be instructed to allow no visitors (or coaches) and to keep students from discussing their topic with others. Actors may not consult either printed matter, notes, manuscripts or other media.

d. Time Limit: Each IDA team shall have 30 minutes to prepare.

Sec. 3. Improvised Duet Acting shall not be more than seven (7) minutes in length with a minimum of four (4) minutes. This shall include the introduction. If an official timekeeper is assigned, participants shall be penalized if the time limits are not observed.

Sec. 4. An actor may portray only one character throughout the seven (7) minute presentation. No additional characters can be used for the introduction.

Sec. 5. A brief narrated introduction shall be used in establishing the setting and the characters in the scene.

Sec. 6. All dialogue must be the original work of the contestants.

Sec. 7. Stage properties or costumes shall be prohibited with the exception of two (2) chairs and a table. Standing on the table is not permitted.

Sec. 8. Students shall not repeat nor copy any scene they have previously performed at that tournament. A repeated scene is defined as a repetition of dialogue, character(s) and conflict structure (This means an IDA team must repeat all three (3) elements to be in violation of this rule).

Sec. 9. Any schools wishing to experiment with various formats in this event may do so as long as the tournament invitation expresses the regulations governing this experimentation. No students entered in this experimental event may qualify for state festival or state championship competition.

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