Welcome to Oratorical Interpretation! Oratorical Interpretation is an event in which a student takes a speech that has been delivered to any live audience and performs it with their own unique representation of that same speech.
Ex. Martin Luther King's famous "I Have A Dream", Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty, Or Give Me Death" speech, Lady Gaga’s “Prime Rib of America” speech
What kind of OI's should you look for?
Well, it’s all about what kind of topics YOU are passionate about and what type of characters you can portray! If you had a relative in an attack (ex. 9/11) or a tragedy, then you could choose to deliver an account from a victim. If you’re a vegetarian, then an animal rights speech is great for you. If you struggled to fight against peer pressure throughout middle or high school, then you should look for a speech that’s advocating to end bullying and pressure. This speech is what you make of it. The more passionate you are about a topic, the better you deliver the speech!
Many OI’s are based on:
Judging Aspects of OI
Now although find the right speech is the most important part, it is not the only thing you need to worry about! OI is called Oratorical INTERPRETATION for a reason! You cannot just take the speaker’s speech and perform it blandly. Your poise and your voice must embrace the characters’ message and personality. By fine tuning the characteristics of OI speaking in the list below, you can really achieve a great performance!
You will also be ranked by your:
Common Places to Look for OIs are:
Suzanne and I will always be here to HELP you find your speech!
Jonas Klipstein and I (Justine Hsiao) are your captains this year! (you might not be able to tell from the picture but we love each other)
COME TALK TO US ANYTIME if you have any questions about OI, need helping finding a speech, cutting your speech, rehearsing your speech, or maybe you just want to chat. We're here for you!