Prose Vocalization

Success in Prose can be linked to a multitude of factors. There is the story itself, the cutting, physicality of characters, interpretation skills, and so on. However, the main component of Prose is vocalization. Voice is the agent of delivery for the piece. It is the most potent aspect to creating character as well. Therefore, knowing how to use voice while performing a Prose is crucial.

Prose Pops

As a generality, pops are not considered one of the defining features of Prose Reading. Prose has more orientation with the terms “binder” or “vocalization” or “narration.” A majority of the text is typically devoted to a main character. However, secondary characters do enter the plot, and they sometimes are given lines.

Physicality: Stance and Posture of the Narrator

Despite the realization that vocals are the main ingredient, there are copious amounts of other necessary components that comprise a Prose. One of these being physicality. When a character is created through acting some sort of physical transformation must be present. For Prose, this transformation is generally an observably slight one, yet a change nonetheless.

Cutting a Prose

A Prose can use exquisite source material and still fail. Success hinders on more than just the quality of the story. Performance, interpretation, and personal presence help account for how well a piece resonates with an audience. There is also the cutting to consider. A Prose cutting makes a shorter, concise, yet exhilarating version of the source material.

IHSA Prose State Champ 2012


"Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat. Performed by Colleen DeRosa from Downers Grove South High School, coached by Jan Heiteen. Produced by Pittman Productions, Peoria, IL. IHSA Prose State Champion 2012 at the Peoria Civic Center in Peoria, IL."

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Prose Speech


"My prose speech for the 2011 season. Based on the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I happened to get a 1 in this round."

Kiersten Long Prose Reading


"Kiersten Long performs a Prose reading at a forensics tournament @ Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA
She placed first in Prose at this tournament and it's easy to see why."

Ashley Mandanas (14)- 1st Place Regionals Prose


"14 year old Ashley Mandanas performing her "Lord of the FLies" Prose. She wons 1st place at Regionals, and 6th at State (OSSAA). Here is her performance at her drama exhibition in 2009."

Sara Stacey - prose interpretation


"Sara Stacey from Hutchinson, Kansas is a member of the Barton Community College Forensics Team. On January 19, 2010, she gave her prose interpretation to the meeting of the Great Bend (Kansas) Noon Lions Club."

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