||[May. 6th, 2009|05:53 pm]
The Question Club
I coach high school speech & debate, more the speech part than the debate part. I'm looking for new pieces to cut for next year's seasons so I'll post the description of some of the events that I'm looking to find material for and you give me some suggestions, ok?|
Oratorical speaking- you take somebody else's speech (such as a commencement address, motivational speech, presidential address, etc.) and perform it from memory as if it were your own. The speech needs to be about 8-10 minutes long, but I think it can be cut down a little if need be.
Dramatic/Humorous interp- Acting event. Scripts from plays or movies are cut down to a 10 minute performance. This is a single-speaker event but can have either be a monologue or the speaker can take on several characters. Other things that can be used are books, for example, we've cut 'The Lovely Bones' into a dramatic piece.
Duo Interp- same as humor/drama only with two people.
Some things that I already have are Bill Clinton's commencement address to Ohio State from 2007, The Jungle Book for duo (but I'm saving it for a senior duo team) I was thinking of cutting Chicago for a girl-duo group but they have to have the personality for it, I'm thinking of Marley & Me for duo, Lovely Bones for drama (we used it in a different district before) 'I Hate Other People's Kids' for humor, I was thinking of the Memory Keeper's Daughter for drama... then I start hitting a wall.
Any suggestions for books or scripts that could be cut down into a 10 minute performance? It's high school kids, so they can have a little bit of swearing (no fuck or shit or goddamns) but it needs to be tasteful.
If you were in speech in high school, what event did you do, if it applies- what cut did you do and how well did it do in your district?