Beginning Interp Where Do I Start?. Coaching Interp can be the most fun you’ve ever had, or the most stressed you’ve ever been! Here are some tips to (hopefully) get you pointed in the right direction. First Things First – What is Interp ?.
Coaching Interp can be the most fun you’ve ever had, or the most stressed you’ve ever been!
Here are some tips to (hopefully) get you pointed in the right direction
Interp refers to the events that require the performer to take on one or more personas other than his/her own. They include:
My two cents: Most HI is all about funny, funny, funny, with no real desire to make a point or have a message. I struggle with this, but the truth is the goofier/sillier/sometimes trashier you can make it, the better it will do in competition.
Cut from a play or book
Must have some elements of drama
CAN have humorous elements (I think this is one of the most common misconceptions about DI)
Monologue or Multiple Characters
Should use “popping” if moving from character to character – but it is often slower and less obvious than HI
Performers are expected to bring the character to life by mimicking his/her actions and movements.
My two cents: Monologues work much better in this event, but this doesn’t mean a multiple character DI won’t do well. Also, do not be afraid to put funny things into the DI pieces – real life is both funny and serious, so these kinds of DIs tend to work very well on both the state and national level.
Can be two or more characters
Cut from a play or book
Performers cannot make eye contact or touch
Can be humorous or dramatic (or both!)
Requires a lot of choreography
My two cents: Duo can be a ton of fun, but it is very difficult to choreograph. You have be creative and make sure that the scene keeps moving, but has a clear story-line. Some duos are all about flash and comedy and no substance, but if you watch the DVDs of national level duos, you will see that the ones that balance the comedy, the humor, and the choreography are the ones that do the best.
Can be one long poem (narrative story)
Can be a program of several poems on a similar theme
Can be a program of several poems by the same author
Uses a manuscript – cannot be used as a prop
Performer cannot move around other than slight shifting below the waist
My two cents: The manuscript events are the most populated events in the state. Kids think they are easy, because they get to have a book, but learning how to balance a performance with creative use of the manuscript can be very difficult.
Can be cut from a book or short story
Uses a manuscript (cannot be used as a prop)
Cannot move (other than slight shifting) below the waist
Should have a unified story-line
Can be humorous or serious (or both!)
My two cents: The best prose pieces have a little bit of everything in them – a little humor and drama. Try to keep them as age appropriate as possible on the middle school level, because that makes a big difference there! On the high school level, don’t be afraid to take risks if you trust your students to pull it off – sometimes they pay off big!
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Is often multiple character
Stories can be taken from folk tales, legends, books, children’s books, or various other sources
Performer can move about the stage freely
Cutting should have a clear plot and tell a complete story
Student must act like each character using different voices and body movements to delineate
My two cents: Storytelling often does very well when it is “over the top”. Performers need to be very uninhibited and willing to take risks and be SILLY to do this event.
Don’t forget you are allowed to add transitions in to make the piece flow in a meaningful way. You cannot WRITE parts of the piece, or paraphrase big chunks of plot, but you can add in transitional phrases or words to keep the cutting from being choppy.
You cannot misrepresent the author’s intent or story, but you can re-order events if the original work told them out of order, or if you are trying to present only a certain part of the story and want to leave out other parts that don’t advance your cutting.