The three are both very similar and very different. They are similar in the fact that they each can go a maximum of 10 minutes, are judged on a similar basis, need to be memorized, require acting, and require the cutting of a piece.
Dramatic Interpretation performers will perform a "cutting" (excerpt) from a published play, novel, or short story. As the name suggests, the cuttings are invariably from non-comedic (e.g., dramatic) works. Some performers select monologues, others may adopt the roles of several characters, changing their tone of voice, manner of speaking, and bodily position to indicate a change in character.
Duo Interpretation involves a pair of performers acting out a short literary piece or program under certain restraints, including not making eye contact with and touching your partner, and no props. Pieces used often include published short stories, plays, orpoems. Participants may cut anything out of their piece, but cannot add any dialogue.
Humorous Interpretation consists of a piece from any published work, edited to fit within a 10 minute span with a 30 second grace period. It is judged based upon how the person portrays his or her characters and whether the piece is humorous. Ideally proper portrayal of characters should achieve a comedic effect to the judge.
You memorize and perform a long poem or multiple poems that should last a minimum of 7 minutes. If you do multiple poems they have to either share a common theme or common author. You have a maximum of 10 minutes, but if you go over there is a 30 second grace periods
In Original Oratory, a competitor prepares a speech on a topic of his/ her choosing; it can be informative or persuasive in nature. Often, a competitor may use only one speech for the entire season. The purpose of Oratory is to inspire belief or reinforce conviction. As an orator your goal is to make your audience laugh, cry, and think. Naturally you aren't usually going to get outright laughter or tears, but you need to represent both sides of the spectrum. Additionally, if you can get your audience to think differently about the topic you are discussing you have reached a goal. You also need to memorize your speech.
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