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Public Address

Persuasive Speaking:

The purpose of this activity is to train speakers to choose and organize material supporting a central theme in a persuasive speech on a timely subject, and to present these ideas in a direct, communicative, and effective speaking manner.

Rules:

  • Original speech
  • The speaker may NOT be assisted or prompted by another individual.
  • A lectern may or may not be used.
  • Paper manuscript is allowed.
  • Notecards are NOT allowed.
  • Visual aids are NOT allowed.
  • Time limit: 10 minutes.

Entertainment Speaking:

The purpose of this event is to encourage students to develop and demonstrate their creativity by employing imaginative thinking and language in their speech writing. The event should also exhibit their ability to organize and present a speech to entertain without mimicking professional comics and without entertaining only themselves.

Rules:

  • Original speech of an entertaining nature
  • The speaker may NOT be assisted or prompted by another individual.
  • The speech shall be based on a theme or a central idea and shall be delivered in an extemporaneous manner.
  • A lectern may or may not be used.
  • One 4” x 6” notecard or a smaller notecard is optional.
  • Visual/audio media may be employed.
  • No costumes or stage make-up.
  • Tme limit: 8 minutes. 

Extemporaneous Speaking:

The purpose of this event is to encourage students to read widely on current public events, and to train them to apply principles of speech composition on a selected timely topic in a limited period of time, and to deliver the speech with or without notes with fluency and effectiveness.

Rules:

  • The speaking topics should be formulated from the general area of current public events. Specific topics shall be selected from subjects discussed in standard periodicals during the current school year. The NSAA office shall provide a list of topics chosen for contest use.
  • A NSAA Certified Judge shall supervise the preparation room.
  • The use of print material or laptop computers is permitted. (See Computer Use Rules and Guidelines).
  • Class A is allowed 30 minutes; Classes B, C1, C2, D1, D2 are allowed one hour before the contestant is to speak. The contestant shall draw three topics, select one without consulting anyone for preparation, and return the other two topics.
  • After the topic has been selected and recorded, the contestant shall withdraw to a room assigned and prepare the speech without consulting anyone. (Preparation time is defined as “beginning with the draw and ending with the presentation”).
  • Performers may NOT be assisted, accompanied, or prompted by any individual.
  • One 4” x 6” notecard or smaller may be used.
  • Time limit: 5-7 minutes.

Informative Public Speaking:

The purpose of this event is to teach the student to organize and present material of informative nature, to increase knowledge of speech composition, to develop proficiency in delivery, and to utilize visual/audio media appropriately.

Rules:

  • Original speech
  • The speech should be composed by gathering and organizing material, primarily informative in nature.
  • Primary purpose must be informative.
  • The speech shall be delivered extemporaneously.
  • Performers may NOT be assisted, accompanied, or prompted by any individual.
  • The speaker may use a lectern.
  • Visual/audio media is encourage, but not required.
  • One 4” x 6” or smaller notecard may be used.
  • Maximum time limit: 8 minutes

Interpretation

Oral interpretation of poetry

The purpose of this event is to encourage students to obtain a broad knowledge and appreciation of poets and their poetry, and to increase their ability to share with others the full meaning intended by the poet by interpreting from a manuscript.

Rules:

  • The participant shall select, cut, and arrange one long poem or a group of poems unified by either a central theme or the writings of one poet.
  • The presentation shall include introductory remarks to heighten the understanding of the theme or the poet’s works. Transitions are optional.
  • Time limit: 6-8 minutes.
  • The arrangement shall be interpreted from paper manuscript with or without lectern.
    • The performer may interpret the selection by referencing the paper manuscript or may give the selection solely by memory without reference to the paper manuscript.
  • No costumes or props, with the exception of the intact paper manuscript, shall be permitted.
  • Performers may NOT be assisted, accompanied, or prompted by any individual.

Oral Interpretation of Drama

The purpose of this activity is to train students to create within the minds of the audience a clear impression of the playwright’s central idea, plot, characters, situations, and mod in the play or in the scenes being interpreted.

Rules:

  • This will not be a play production --- only an interpretation.
    • Interpretation: “The selection(s) must be interpreted from a paper manuscript. The performer may interpret the selection by referencing the paper manuscript or may give the selection solely by memory without reference to the paper manuscript. No costumes or props, with the exception of the intact paper manuscript, shall be permitted.”
  • Must be a group of 3-5 people.
  • Contestants may read more than one character.
  • An introduction shall provide continuity for the cutting.
  • Maximum time limit: 15 minutes
  • You may use staging devices such as music stands, chairs, stools, blocks, or steps.
  • Movement is allowed but shall remain in the realm of suggestion rather than that of realistic acting. Deliberate touching is not permitted.
  • No costumes, make-up, props, special lighting, or mechanical sound effects.

Oral interpretation of Prose Literature - Serious and Humorous

The purpose of this activity is to train students to convey the thoughts, feelings, and mood of a selection of prose literature to an audience.

Rules:

  • The selection shall be an original cutting or arrangement of prose literature from published books, short stories, or plays. (Note: Plays written in poetic verse are acceptable.) Commercially produced cuttings are not to be used.
  • The contestant shall make introductory remarks concerning the author, selection, and cutting designed to heighten attention, understanding, and appreciation of the selection by the audience.
  • Performers may not be assisted, accompanied or prompted by any individual.
  • Max time limit (including intro remarks and transitions): 10 minutes.
  • The selection may be memorized or delivered from a paper manuscript with or without a lectern.
  • This is an oral interpretation, not acting.

Duet Acting

Duet Acting

The purpose of this activity is to encourage actors to exercise creative imagination in the selection, adaptation, and presentation of material suitable for theatre. In this event, actors will reveal their ability to create characters, communicate the inter-relationship of characters, and create the meaning of the material used.

Rules:

  • This event shall consist of a scene or sequence of theatrical material which requires two actors to perform.
  • Max. Time Limit: 12 minutes
  • Narration may be used to provide necessary expository background or transitional information.
  • The use of scripts, costuming, make-up, and lighting shall not be permitted in this activity.
  • Stage devices shall be limited to a table and two chairs, provided by the actors.
  • Hand props, mechanical sound effects, and costuming shall not be permitted.
  • Actors may play more than one character.