Dramatic Interpretation and Making Use of the Introduction

A Dramatic Interpretation round is essentially an emotional ride rolled into an hour-plus time frame.  It is good to want to have a moving piece with a couple of laughs to hold your audience's attention.  This allows for you to demonstrate your range, while being engaging, and keep your audience interested--the components of a perfect DI, perhaps?  The issue is, ALL of you are trying to be the one to touch your judge the deepest.  Again, that's good, but with six of you it is slightly redundant.  How to make the judge remember you when ALL of you have the same objective?  Being the best performer is the obvious option, but a "dirty" trick that might make the difference in split decisions could be to capitalize on your introduction.

As much as people remember emotional stories they connect with, they also remember people who carry themselves well and make others feel at ease.  This is where your introduction comes into the equation.  Your Dramatic Interpretation might be full of insecure people, but your introduction is YOU and it should ooze confidence.  The introduction is the place to be charming, straight-out address your audience, and show them a side of you the piece does not.  Granted, you need to keep with the tone of the piece, but you can be a lighter, less intensely-gloomy serious.  Simply being impassioned when you deliver your introduction will leave the judge with a lasting thought of you as a professional who really loves their art.  Quite often the introduction is an unpolished, rushed piece of writing that is like a break from the real show.  It's a jolt to transition from a polished Dramatic Interpretation, into an introduction clearly written on the bus ride over, and then back again.

Therefore, take some time to write an exquisite introduction.  Practice it.  Treat it like it is part of the interpretive piece, because guess what?  It is.  The Dramatic Interpretation performer who is as loving towards their introduction as they are to their piece will touch the judge on a level unlike all others.  You will strike a chord as being a true performer who realizes all aspects of performance need be perfected.  Your introduction counts, so don't waste that little oomph that could push your piece to the lead.