Declamation, Duo, Dramatic Interpretation, Extemporaneous, Humorous Interpretation, Impromptu, Original Oratory, Poetry and Prose.

Tricks for the Perfect Open and Close

The act of opening and closing a Poetry/Prose book can be routine. It can be forgettable. Or, it can be used to establish professionalism and command attention. Rules of a round might dictate all performers are treated with respect, and thus people will be silent. Rules do not dictate though that an audience listen.

The Art of “Reading” and Book Manipulation

Knowing how to create a well-structured, cleanly put together Poetry/Prose book is crucial for an edge. Knowing how to fully-utilize a binder, however, is required to win. The binder is a part of the reader. Understanding techniques and tactics for how to thoroughly use this black book are just as imperative as being capable of using voice.

Crafting a Successful Binder

Fantastic piece? Check. Solid characterization? Check. A carefully constructed binder?

Fully Utilizing Page Turns

The success of a Prose/Poetry is built around a multitude of factors. There is the script to consider, how well the piece fits the reader, vocal skills, and more. Usually it is the larger details that receive the most attention from competitors, and that is understandable. However, it is in the details where Champions are selected. One such detail is that of the page turn.


Humorous and Dramatic Interpretation (DI and HI) are much like a one-person show. An individual takes on multiple roles, convincingly portrays these characters, and tells a coherent and engrossing story. Playing a character, as demanding at it can be, is only part of the challenge. A performer must pop between numerous characters fluidly and without pulling the audience out of the story.

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