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Play and Speech Rally

Play and Speech Rally

Play & Speech Rally

Speech Rally contact
Robert Markstrom
Play Rally contact
Charles McNeely
  1. School Classifications
    (What your Literary Rally Coordinator reported to State Rally)
    • Division I - 1001 - up
    • Division II - 501 - 1000
    • Division III - 251 - 500
    • Division IV - 151 - 250
    • Division V - 1 – 150
  2. Events:
    1. One Act Play: one play from each school.
    2. Extemporaneous Speaking: up to six speakers from each school.
    3. Impromptu Speaking: up to two speakers from each school.
    4. Interpretive Reading: up to six speakers from each school.
    5. Original Oratory: up to six speakers from each school.
    6. Radio Speaking: up to two speakers from each school.
  3. Awards:
    1. Speech Rally
      Individual Events: (Extemporaneous Speaking, impromptu speaking, interpretive reading, original oratory, and radio speaking) Each contestant will be rated and receive school sweepstakes points as follows: superior (5), excellent (4), very good (3), good (2), and fair (1). Superior rated speakers in extemporaneous speaking, interpretive reading, and original oratory will qualify for State Speech Rally competition.
      Outstanding individual event speakers (Divisions I & II and III, IV, & V) will be mentioned and receive trophies or ribbons, but they will receive no extra points for final (elimination) round competition.
      In each of the divisions, Sweepstakes winners will be declared and awarded trophies. Scholarship opportunities could also be available for outstanding speakers.
    2. Play Rally
      The New Auditorium in the Shearman Fine Arts Building(the one behind the wall with the horse & rider) will be used for play rally this year. If you are traveling in a school bus, please just drop off your students and park your buses in either the parking lot behind Raising Cane’s or the football stadium parking lot. Please DO NOT PARK THE BUSES BEHIND THE SHEARMAN FINE ARTS BUILDING since this is used for current student parking. If you are coming in personal vehicles, please email Jessica Landry at so she can forward you a parking pass for that particular day to place in the front dash of your car. This will give you the approval by campus police to park in the student parking lots.
      One Act Play: Each group will receive points as follows: superior (20), excellent (16), very good (12), good (8), and fair (4). One Act Plays receiving superior ratings will qualify for State Play Rally competition.
      Play Rally trophies include: Most Promising Actor, Most Promising Actress, Outstanding One Act Play, & Outstanding Ensemble acting.
      Two McNeese State University Overall Achievement Scholarships will be awarded to an outstanding actor/actress.
  4. Criteria:
    The rating sheets used by critic judges will be given to the schools at the close of the rally.
  5. Regulations:
    1. One Act Plays:
      *The following rules apply to the Drama Events at both District Rally and State Rally:
      1. A given school may enter only one production in the contest. The production may be either a one-act play or an excerpt from a longer play which meets the other contest requirements. You may use an original or existing script. For a large selection of one-act plays, you may contact one of the following publishing companies:
        1. Baker’s Plays, 1445 Hancock St. #206, Quincy, MA 02169

        2. Dramatist’s Play Service, 440 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016

        3. Samuel French, Inc., 25th West 45th St., New York, NY 10036

      2. No entry may run for more than 20 minutes. Each school will have a maximum of 30 minutes, including 5 minutes for set-up and 5 minutes for strike.
      3. Each school must provide all hand props (telephones, books, etc.).
      4. The host university will only provide the following:
        • TWO (2) TABLES (stock, non-descript tables that could seat 2-6 people)
        • SIX (6) CHAIRS (stock, non-descript chairs)
        • NO other furniture, scenery, or set pieces will be allowed.
      5. No sound equipment will be provided by the host university. Schools may bring their own but the set-up and strike of this equipment must be done within the allotted time (see #2 above).
      6. Basic full-stage light wash will be provided by the host university. No additional or special lighting will be allowed.
      7. Warm-up and rehearsal space will be made available by the host university 30 minutes before curtain time. Production groups must supply their own make-up and costumes.
      8. All entries will be performed in curtain settings provided by the host university. Schools are forbidden to erect any scenery (see #4 above).
      9. Each playing group must report backstage 30 minutes before its scheduled time.
      10. Cast members of each play should leave the stage and dressing rooms in good order.
    2. Extemporaneous Speaking:
      1. The time limit is 5-7 minutes per speech.
      2. The essential requirement of this contest is that the speaker presents a brief informative talk on a current topic in a informal, conversational manner.
      3. Contestants prepare for this event by familiarizing themselves with topics of current state, national, and international events. Topics will be limited to items that appeared within three months prior to rally in accepted news media.
      4. The contest is conducted as follows:
        1. 30 minutes before the contestant’s panel is scheduled to speak, each contestant will draw three topics, then select one topic on which they will speak.
        2. The contestant then has 30 minutes to review their thinking and any research materials he wishes to bring; during that time, they will prepare the speech and may rehearse it. Only the contestants themselves are allowed in the drawing and practice room .
        3. Speakers will then present their completed speeches (in the same order as they drew topics) in a common room. Speakers may use notes and other aids; however, those notes and aids should not interfere with the effectiveness of the speech and its delivery.
    3. Interpretive Reading:
      1. The time limit is not more than eight minutes, including the introduction. There is no minumum time limit.
      2. The reading should be selected from good literature, either prose or poetry, and should be within the range of understanding of high school students.
      3. The purpose of the event is the recreation of the thought and mood of a work of literary art for an audience. Please note “for an audience.” The reader is not acting at one extreme, nor are they reading aloud to themselves at the other. They are performers who appeal to the imagination of the audience. They fail if they call attention to themselves, yet they must establish immediate contact with the audience.
      4. Extemporaneous introductory remarks should precede each reading.
      5. Selections may be presented from memory or from a book or manuscript.
      6. Large body movements, such as an actor or impersonator might make, are inappropriate to the interpretation. Judges will deduct for large body movements, such as movements with large or distracting gestures and excessive facial expressions.
      7. Since the idea of this Rally is to learn, we do not believe that a student should read the same piece at rally after rally, nor that all members from the same school should read the same selection.
      8. Recorded music or musical instruments are not allowed in this event.
    4. Original Oratory:
      1. Time limit is 6-8 minutes.
      2. The oration must be strictly original from the student. No more than 200 quoted words will be permitted. Students must orally cite their sources in their specch. Plagiarism will disqualify the student from competing in the contest. Students are urged to select timely topics on current affairs. They should be discouraged from attemtping to speak on abstract subjects. Organization should be carefully planned. The language should be simple and direct. Much thought, careful wording, and thorough practice of delivery should be elements in the preparations.
      3. The speech must be memorized. Prompting or failure in memory may disqualify a contestant.
      4. Typed manuscripts must be handed in to the Speech Rally Coordinator at the time of registration. These will not be returned to the speaker. Copies should include sources used.
    5. Impromptu Speaking (not a State Rally Competition):
      1. The time limit is not more than seven minutes – during which a speaker draws an item, prepares, and delivers a short speech.
      2. The essential requirement of this contest is that the speaker should present a brief informative talk explaining or disproving a drawn item. The material presented may be humorous, personally reflective, satiric, or serious in nature. The quote must be included at some point in the speech.
      3. The contest is conducted as follows:
        1. At the assigned time, the speaker draws three quotes (items), selects one, and returns the other two.
        2. The speaker then uses their seven minutes to both prepare and present the speech.
        3. A timekeeper will be present to inform the speaker of the time left.
    6. Radio Speaking (not a State Rally Competition):
      1. Each student will be given news material resembling copy used in most broadcast settings. Material will be provided by McNeese. The order of story presentation will be formatted by the student. Following presentation of news, students will present a brief commentary on a topic or one of the news stories.
      2. Each student must report to the radio room during the time scheduled.
      3. Each student will receive 20-30 minutes of preparation time immediately prior to their news delivery/commentary.
  6. Entry Regulations:
    1. No one student may enter more than three individual events. No student may enter more than two events in one flight of events .
      Event Flights:
      • FLIGHT A: Interpretive Reading, Radio Speaking, Impromptu Speaking
      • FLIGHT B: Extemporaneous Speaking, Original Oratory
    1. No one student may enter more than four events total (three individual events and one act play).
    2. Students entered in more than one individual event will be considered for overall achievement scholarships, if entered on entry blank.
  7. Costs of Participation:
    1. Individual Events:
      • $ 2.00 for each individual event slot entered.
    1. One Act Play:
      • $ 25 for each one act play (limit one per school).
  8. Other Information
    1. Deadline for Event Substitutions = before 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2017. Please make note of the entry deadline on the Rally Checklist.
    2. Play & Speech Rally Awards Ceremony times will be announced on Rally Day.
Please feel free to contact the Play Rally Coordinator, Speech Rally Coordinator, or Rally Director with any questions.