Interpretive speaking is an individual event offered by the LFA.
Interpretive speaking is an acting event that brings written stories to life. Students pick a published story, and by themselves, act out a 10 minute selection. In many ways, it's like a one-man play. Students learn to play different types of characters, and act scenes that contain multiple people. These stories could be dramatic, humorous, or thought provoking. It's the student's job to portray the emotion felt in the piece and convey the message the author intended in his/her original work.
Interpretive speaking is about interpreting a piece of literature. These could be novels, short stories, or even poems. The primary factor you want to consider is whether or not it's quality literature. If you’re having trouble deciding if something is quality or not, consider these guidelines: it is a published work; it is a fairly recognizable title; it is something you might study in an English course; it has won a prize of some sort. Anything considered a “classic” is always a safe choice. If you choose something published more recently, make sure that it is similar in writing to what we would consider a classic.
Examples of Quality Literature:
- Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde plays
- Animal Farm
- Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn, or any other Mark Twain title
- Chronicles of Narnia
- The Giver
- Sherlock Holmes
- Oliver Twist
- And so many more!