Freshman A Delivery: OI
Warm Up: Tongue Twisters • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked? • Got that? All together now. • What makes tongue twisters so dang hard but so much fun?
Making the script • Teaser (start the scene, grab attention) • Introduction – give background information of the scene, include author and title, introduce scene (WRITE THIS YOURSELF!) • Cut to the appropriate length (3-4 mins.) • Make your outline look like a script! • Headings (teaser, introduction, body) • CHARACTER NAMES • Delivery Notes • Text (single space, aligned left)
Start and End • Start with your head down. • End with your head down. • This signals for the audience when to clap!
Delivery • You will be graded on the following: • Volume • Rate (pacing) • Focal Points • Gestures • Posture • Facial Expressions • Emphasis • Character Development
Volume: Tips • Find a balance between TOO LOUD and too soft • Project your voice • Have vocal variety! • Loud and fast • Loud and slow • Soft and fast • Soft and slow • What does your volume say about your character? If they talk Loud and Fast you might think they are confident.
Volume: Practice • Loud: Miss Martin is the best English teacher ever! • Soft: North is way better than South! • Project a whisper: Hey, what did you decide to do for your Oral Interp.? • Even though you are whispering you still need the audience to hear you!
Rate (pace): Tips • Pacing – the rate of speech used to move through the content • Fast enough to keep the audience’s interest • Slow enough to help the audience understand the content • Don’t fill the silence with non-words (umm, aaa, like) • Pause for effect • Fine line between not waiting at all – and waiting too long!
Pacing: Practice • Mark up your paper! • Slashes at pauses to breath • Double slash at pause for effect Example: “I trade my sweat for strength. /I trade doubt for belief. / I trade cheer // for nothing.” / Today, / I brought my poms and bows to share with you all my history in becoming a cheerleader and how much dedication and determination it takes me to perform my heart out. --L.B.
Focal Points: Tips • Pick logical locations (character is short, pick something at their eye level) • Look at the exact same place every time! • Make it obvious • Look in different directions • Stare, hard. Don’t break your focus. • Even though you are staring at a wall you can react to the other characters!
Focal Points: Practice • Pick 3 places as focal points in the classroom • I will count out 1, 2, or 3 and you must look at the focal point!
Gestures: Tips • Gestures -- the use of your hands and arms to illustrate your words. • The gestures must be meaningful • Match your gestures to your words! The audience usually believes most what they see! Create habits! Playing with a ring, tucking their hair behind their ear, licking their lips, etc.
Gestures: Practice • What gesture might you use in order to communicate the following? • “This needs to happen right now!” • “I don’t care. It wasn’t my fault.” • “…and BAM, it hit the floor!” • “Please you have to believe me.” • “Come with us. Please. Pretty please!” • “How do I look?”
Posture: Tips • Every character should have a different stance or posture • The only time you should stand “like you” is during the introduction • Be creative! • Watch people! • What does your character “lead” with? Their chin, their hips, their chest? How would they walk? Are they pidgin toed, do they bounce when they walk, etc?
Posture: Practice • Create a stance or posture for the following character types: • Innocent little kid, age 6, wanting ice cream • Grouchy old man who always yells at kids to get off his lawn • High school girl who is “too cool” • Jock boy • Jock boy trying to be cool/tough • Jock boy who was trying to be cool/tough but got turned down by the girl he just asked out
Facial Expressions: Tips • Different facial for each character • Make sure the expression matches! • React to the other characters • Use a mirror or video tape yourself • Try out different things!
Facial Expressions: Practice • Warm up your face by trying to get your face as small/big as possible! • You just ate a lemon • You walk into a surprise party for your birthday • You just got a full ride to the college of your dreams • Stink eye / dirty look • You have a question, but you are afraid to ask it • Your parents are embarrassing you in front of your friends • You walk into a crowded room and you scan the room until you friend your friends
Emphasis: Tips • Plan your stress • Add stress by talking slower, louder, or enunciating • Stress the important part of the sentence • If you repeat something (“I wont go. I wont.”) Make sure you vary the way it is said.
Emphasis: Practice • How does the stress change the meaning of this sentence: • “Her name is Sally and she’s my friend” • “Her name is Sally and she’s my friend” • “Her name is Sally and she’s my friend” • “Her name is Sally and she’s my friend” • “Her name is Sally and she’s my friend” • “Her name is Sally and she’s my friend”
Character Development/Voices: Tips • Each character must have a different voice • Make sure the voice is fitting for the character AND the tone of the scene! • Use your entire vocal range (low voice – falsetto)
Character Development/Voice: Practice • Old Man Voice (“Kids these days.”) • British Accent (“Time for a spot of tea?”) • Geek/Nerd/Brain (“Actually the answer is 7.”) • Southern (“Ya’ll just need to settle down.”)
PUT IT ALL TOGETHER NOW! • “I won? Are you sure I won?” – disbelief • “I want you to have it. Every time you see it, think of me” – sincerity • “Please, please believe me” – begging • “That’s stupid. No one thinks that’s cool” – degrading • “Don’t follow me. I want to be left alone” – pleading • “I have a totally brilliant idea” – excitement