Interpretation events are where performers get to develop and hone their acting skills. While some events are akin to short plays, others are along the lines of a monologue or literature reading. In all cases, the events are designed to allow the speaker(s) to bring their own interpretation of a piece (or pieces) of literature to bear.
Interpretations help students to:
- understand literature from the author’s perspective,
- develop their own take on a piece of literature,
- draw the audience into the scene, without props or costumes,
- develop their sense of comedic/dramatic timing,
- evoke emotion from the audience, and
- communicate truths using performance of literature as the medium.
The various types of interpretations include: