The Prologue Speech Competition Events

The Prologue will offer 13 Individual Events (Speech Events) grouped into four main disciplines.

Interpretive Speeches:

Dramatic Interpretation: In Dramatic Interpretation, the competitor creates a serious, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and moves the audience.

Duo Interpretation: In Duo Interpretation two competitors create an original rendition from a single selection of literature which captivates and moves the audience.

Humorous Interpretation: In Humorous Interpretation, the competitor creates an amusing, original rendition from a single piece of literature which captivates and entertains the audience. Stand-up comedy, or telling a series of jokes without a corresponding plot, is not Humorous Interpretation.

Open Interpretation: In Open Interpretation, the competitor creates an original rendition from a selection or selections of prose or poetry (including unpublished work) which captivates and moves the audience.

Limited Preparation Speeches:

Apologetics: In Apologetics, the competitor is given four (4) minutes to prepare a speech that defends a tenet of the Christian faith. The speaker crafts a speech to reach those curious, not in agreement, or Biblically uninformed with persuasiveness and reasoning.

Extemporaneous Speaking: In Extemporaneous speaking, the competitor answers a given question based on a recent event in the news. The competitor, alone or as part of a club, researches national and international current events and may create reference files of newsworthy information.

Mars Hill Impromptu: The competitor uses books, movies, and other genres to discuss the appeal and impact of the theme(s) within the topic, holding them up in light of Christian truth found in the Bible.

Impromptu: In Impromptu speaking the competitor is given two (2) minutes to prepare a speech on a randomly drawn quotation or topic. Because Impromptu is not a NITOC qualifying event, we are limiting this event to first and second-year competitors only.

Platform Speeches:

Expository Speaking: An Expository speech is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, which explains or “exposes” a topic usually with the help of visual aids.

Original Oratory: An Original Oratory is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, on a topic of the speaker’s choice.

Persuasive Speaking: A Persuasive speech is a prepared speech, written by the competitor, which advocates a specific position or course of action.

Wild Card Event Speeches:

Demonstration: A demonstration speech is an original work written by the competitor that explains how to do something or how something works. Props may or may not be used.

Cold Reading: Competitors read from a short selection given in the competition room. The Competitors will have two minutes to prepare approximately 3-4 minutes of material. The material could include well-known literature, speeches, poetry, or other genre selected by the tournament for each round.

Speech Patterns are subject to change based on registration.

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Pattern A:
Apologetics
Cold Reading
Dramatic Interpretation
Duo Interpretation
Expository
Persuasive

Pattern B:
Demonstrative
Extemporaneous
Humorous Interpretation
Impromptu for Novices
Mars Hill Impromptu
Open Interpretation
Original Oratory