Speech & Drama
Speech & Drama

Speech & Drama Announcements

2014-15 Speech & Drama Rule Changes

Changes adopted by the KSHSAA Executive Board and published in the 2013-14 Debate, Speech & Drama manual:

No changes were made in the Speech & Drama areas of the manual.

This is the year that speech coaches will vote on the speech events each classification wants to use for Spring 2015 through Spring 2017. Voting will take place at all fall Speech rules meetings. Following this vote, the events will be posted on the KSHSAA website by November 1st.
Class 3A combines duet acting into one state championship event and adds impromptu. See complete list of events for all classes at Speech Events and Lincoln Douglas Topic

Electronic readers may not be used in Poetry/Prose
In the speech manual Poetry/Prose section on page 32 under Sec. 4 it states: "Performances must be from a manuscript (which may be in a folder). Reading from a book or magazine is not permitted." Also, no electronic devices are allowed in performance rooms by participants with the exception of Lincoln-Douglas debate. Thus reading from an electronic reader or device would not be legal in Poetry/Prose at this point in time.

Definition of Published
Selections must come from literature that is published and copyrighted. “Published” literature shall be defined as any material that is available to the general public with the exception of original material published by local high school publications such as a newspaper, literary magazine, or yearbook. Scripts from the Internet are acceptable if they include:

  • A receipt or photocopy of the receipt of purchase for the complete work from commercial sources, or
  • Proof of current Internet source’s existence, such as its inclusion on an electric-reader or indication of valid URL.
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Tecumseh-Shawnee Heights

Kansas City-Sumner Academy

Norton Community

Belleville-Republic County

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