Props? Costumes?

Whereas Theatre performances allow audiences to observe a fully realized “world” of the play through technical elements such as scenery, set pieces (furniture), hand properties (props), costumes, makeup, lighting, and sound; interscholastic Speech contests involve performers giving more audience-focused performance with minimal set pieces (chairs, and for Play Acting, a table), and wearing (neutral) clothing. We are often asked for the nuance of what constitutes costuming and props, since rules for Speech categories prohibit these items.

When is it a Costume? #

In interpretive categories, if contestants wear clothing implied for a particular character or described in the script, that is a costume. In group categories, merely dressing alike does not constitute a costume, unless the script calls for it (such as characters who are twins). In speech categories, if a student is wearing the attire called for by a particular occasion or topic, that is a costume. However, in Demonstration Speaking, students should wear attire appropriate to what is being demonstrated.

Usage of the Floor #

The rules are silent with regard to touching the floor or lying on the floor. It is a choice performers may make. Although students may not be disqualified for touching the floor, judges can take movement into consideration in the overall evaluation of a student’s performance.

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Updated on 01/02/2024
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