Thursday, April 18, 2013
All excerpts of text will fall under one of the following categories.Team players will not know the category of text that they will be reading until it is their turn to read on the night of the event.
*Portion of a novel that contains song lyrics (*this will not necessarily require singing)
*Recipe from an early American Cookbook
*Famous Historical Document
*Screenplay or Play Script, Classic
*Famous Speech Screenplay or Play Script, Modern
*Shelby County Reads’ Book Selection
*TV or Radio Commercial(s)
*Modern Day Blog
*Movie from Books
*Young Adult Novel
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!! WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!
Could you get through a reading without freezing, crackin' up, or getting tongue-tied?? Join us for the library's annual "Cold Read" competition! Library staff members have chosen excerpts of text that range from a blog to Shakespeare to a tongue twister. One by one, teams of three will be asked to send up one of their representative team members to read minute excerpts off-the-cuff. Each player will have a limited time to preview the text and read it aloud into the microphone on stage. Judges will score on things such as composure, audience reaction, and entertainment. The winner will take home the traveling trophy and very 'cold' prizes!
The library wants to emphasize that we intend for this night to be a goofy time for the participants and audience! Look forward to joining us for a laid back, fun evening!
1. Each team will consist of three players. Team names will be submitted before the event on the registration form. All teams will be shown to their assigned seats on stage at the Strand right before the competition begins.
2. After brief introductions, the MC will draw a team name from a hat to determine which team reads. The announced team can choose which of their team members goes to the microphone to read.
3. (New!) The person up to read will then spin the ‘Dialect Wheel.’ You have a 50% chance of the arrow landing on ‘Normal’ – which means you would read the selection in a regular voice. However, you might land on one of the following accents: Hillbilly, Pirate, British, or French. In this case, you would have to read the excerpt with that particular accent.
4. The person would then be handed the approximate one-minute script. Simple props will also be available to you if you choose to use or wear them. The order of ‘readings’ will be decided ahead of time. This list will be kept secret from the teams and will not be adjusted once the team name is drawn.
5. Once the director’s clapper has sounded, the reader will be asked to begin.
JUDGING: Contestants will not have the luxury of consultation if they come across an unknown word. Instead they will have to “wing it” and just do their best. After starting a reading, a contestant may stop and start over, but this flub-up will be reflected in the judges’ scores. At least one judge will follow along with the reading… the other two may listen only, so it could be advantageous for a reader to continue on as if they had not made a mistake because errors may go undetected!
Teams will be scored on a 1-10 scale from each judge. They will be looking at accuracy, expression and character re-enactment (including ability to stay in character throughout read), fluidity & timing (not too fast/slow) and most of all entertainment value (including audience reaction such as laughter, sighs, tears, applause, etc.).
"SUDDEN DEATH READ-OFF” IF THERE IS A TIE
In the event of a tie, there will be a Sudden Death Read Off. The two teams will be given an identical category by the emcee, but they will get different texts from this category. Once this category is announced, each of the two remaining teams will choose the player from their team that they want to perform. A special procedure will be used to determine who goes first. Once it’s decided who will go first, that player will be given their text and a brief opportunity to preview the text and their two minutes to read. Judges will score in the same manner, but will not reveal the final two readers’ scores until they have both finished their Cold Read. If there is an additional tie, this process will be repeated until a team is crowned.