Oral Interpretation Oral Interpretation
This week we will learn... • The definition of Oral Interpretation (OI) • The history and parts of dramatic structure • The art of preparing literature for performance through applying structure and collage techniques.
Our emphasis will be on... 7% - The Words we use 38% Verbal Communication 55% Non- Verbal Communication
What is Oral Interpretation? • Oral Interpretation (OI) is the skill of reading aloud to convey an author’s message. • OI is primarily an Oral/Aural performance. • OI is not memorized, but performers are very familiar with their literature.
How do I choose my material?
Ask yourself... • What matters to me? • What moves me? • What are my strengths and weaknesses? • What sort of drama/comedy do I gravitate toward?
Double Check... • What is the message of the material, beyond plot? • Is it interpretable, Can I make it my own? • Is it original? Is the topic fresh or overdone? • Does it have Literary Merit?
A lot of different ideas... Aristotle Beginning Middle and End
The idea that is clear... Aristotle Beginning Middle and End
Freytag's Pyramid • Exposition – “Skillfully written exposition tells the where, when, what and who in a brief, unobtrusive way...It also sets the atmosphere and mood.” • Rising action – “Goals and obstacles revealed, lifting the level of interest.” • Climax – Point of Change • Falling Action – Significant incidents following climax • Denouement / Conclusion - “the solution of the mystery, the outcome of the story” Pg 255-259
Transitional Material:Words added by the performer for 3 purposes:1. Substitution for inappropriate language 2. Substitution for inappropriate content3. Transition between scenes, when material has been cut for other reasons.Not for adding pop-culture references, jokes or extraneous storylines.
Structure Map My Name Date Block Structure Map Assignment 1. My Literature Title, Author 2. My Other Literature Title, Author 3. Write the story in your own words. In the space of 1 paragraph.