Do you like to make people laugh? Competitors in this category choose a humorous selection and bring it to life for the audience. Being able to develop characters through vocal, facial, and body expression is important. Judges look for the performance to be amusing and entertaining.
Official Rules - 2013
- Humorous Interpretation uses any published selection, either prose, poetry, or dramatic literature, with literary merit and appropriate to the reader. The cutting should amuse, give enjoyment, or create laughter.
- The student should be judged on ability to get and give meaning through the use of vocal and bodily expression. Poise, vocal and physical delivery, and appropriateness of the selection to the interpreter should be considered.
- A copy of the script must be filed with the Contest Manager before each contest. Updated copies of the script must be submitted at Subsection, Section, and State levels.
- The use of a script is optional, provided it is not used as a prop.
- THE MAXIMUM TIME OF PRESENTATION, INCLUDING THE REQUIRED INTRODUCTION, IS EIGHT (8) MINUTES. A THIRTY (30) SECOND GRACE PERIOD SHALL BE PROVIDED AT ALL LEVELS OF COMPETITION.
Complete speech rules and FAQs on rule interpretations can be found on the MSHSL website.