1.      Dramatic Interpretation is an individual category in which the selections are dramatic in nature. Selections shall be cuttings from novels, short stories, plays, screenplays, one or more poems, or any other printed-published materials.


2.      The time limit is a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of ten minutes with a thirty second grace. An introduction is included in that time limit and should include the title

and author. Contestants who do not fall within the time limit cannot be ranked first

in the round.


3.      Selections may be monologues or dialogue between two or more characters.


4.      Scenes are to be memorized.


5.      Movement, gestures, and pantomime are allowed.


6.      No props, costumes, lighting, etc. may be used.


7.      This is a contest in interpretation.  The contestants should be evaluated on poise, quality and use of voice, inflections, emphasis, pronunciation, enunciation, physical expression, and especially the ability to interpret characters correctly and consistently.


8.      A student may not use the same cutting from a play, screenplay, novel, short story or poem for Duo Interpretation, Dramatic or Humorous Interpretation, Prose or Poetry at the same tournament.


9.      Students may not use a cutting from the same play, screenplay, novel, short story, or poem or the same cutting that they have used in previous years.


10.  Sources of material must be made available to the tournament director upon request. If the requested material cannot be provided, or if the source is questionable or not credible, the student cannot advance in the tournament or receive an award.


11.  Scripts may not be altered to change gender or give one character’s lines to another character

without the permission of the author of the material used.






This is an individual category in which the selections are humorous in nature. All other rules are the same as Dramatic Interpretation.