The challenge in this category is to prepare and deliver a speech that is brief and fits a defined occasion and audience. The tone of the speech should be creative, entertaining and imaginative. A presentation in this category may include an individual speaker or a team of two or three. Props, visual materials and costumes are not only allowed, but encouraged in this category. (Time: 3-6 minutes)
2011 Rule Change: Prior to the presentation, the participant/s must announce their chosen situation. (ex: We have chosen situation A, a vacation blog to Remulak) This announcement must be brief and is not part of the presentation. The criteria for the chosen situation MUST be followed. The judge will enter the situation on the rubric.
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A. Vacation Blog – You have been asked to share experiences of your recent real or imaginary family trip with a local organization. The trip can be anywhere real or imaginary. It can be a location from a movie, a TV show, or a book. Share features of your trip, which hold special interest for the audience: things you did, places you visited, people you encountered. You are encouraged to use visual aids to more colorfully and interestingly illustrate your talk. You must state in your opening remarks: the occasion, the audience, and the location. If the location is imaginary, you should tell its source. (i.e. the Hundred Acre Woods from Winnie the Pooh stories)
B. Salute a Hero –You have been asked to give a speech to pay tribute to a real person, or a literary character, or a group (real or from literature). The person may be living or dead, from the past or present. You must state in your opening remarks: the occasion and the target audience. If the person is a literary character, you should name the literary work in which he/she is portrayed. (i.e. Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird.)
C. Entertainment Review – A new local restaurant has opened; the long-awaited blockbuster, play, ballet or symphony is opening at the city theater; a best seller is about to hit the neighborhood book store. Here is your opportunity to acquaint your audience with the experience/event and offer your opinion, review or critique. You are presenting your ideas about quality of food, service, atmosphere, acting, filming, editing, writing, performance, etc.
D. Special Events Coverage – You are a TV or Radio reporter at a Special Event, which may include such things as the assassination of Julius Caesar, the funeral of JFK, the Battle of Lexington, etc., however, there is no requirement that the event is historically authentic, nor for historical accuracy. The report may also be on a Special Event in the future. Create and deliver an oral report on the event. If you have a partner(s), they may play one or more of the characters in the event, or may be other news reporter(s) on the scene. Your introduction should provide sufficient background so that the nature and importance of the event is clear, and that you (and your partner(s)) are identified clearly to the audience.
E. Gossip, Gossip, Gossip! – You are the reporter for a TV Gossip show reporting on the “goings on” of celebrities. You may make up appropriate items, but your subjects must either be dead or fictional. Examples: 1) Report on what’s happened to the characters from Shrek 3 since the babies arrived. 2) Expose the “Real story of the Loch Ness Monster. 3) Interview a witness at the scene of Humpty Dumpty’s fall. 4) Interview George Washington just after he chopped down the cherry tree. Your introduction should provide sufficient background so that the celebrity and occasion is clear, and that you (and your partner(s)) are identified clearly to the audience.