This event requires the use of a manuscript. The student will present material chosen from a single published short story, novel, or essay, fictional or non-fictional. The material may be either serious or humorous in nature. Material from more than one source is not allowed, The presentation should include an introduction that cites the name of the piece and the author. Speakers may not take lines belonging to one character and apply them to a different character in the performance. No costumes or props may be used in the presentation.
Note: Reading events are inherently different from memorized interpretation events. Students in reading events are required to hold a manuscript, which they should reference (as if they are reading) from time to time during the presentation. While students create characters by differentiating how they use their voices, stances and gestures in both genres, in reading events students should not move more than a step or two from the center of the performance space. In memorized interpretation events, students may move freely around the space.
Time: 10 minute maximum, including introduction (30 second grace); no minimum