Our new event this year is Declamation, also called Oratorical Interpretation.
RULES FOR DECLAMATION IN ARIZONA
Freshman and Sophomore competitors only.
8 minutes maximum, with a 30 second grace period, including an introduction, just like an interp performance.
Competitors take a publically presented speech, or a published essay, and present it as if they were the speaker. The cliche example is a student performing “I Have A Dream” as if they were Martin Luther King Jr. The material must come from printed published sources (such as editorials, essays, speeches), it should be persuasive or inspirational in nature and it should have literary merit.