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The Speech and Drama classes are divided into two semester classes:  Speech first semester and Drama second semester. 

Members of the speech class are encouraged to prepare for and participate in conference speech contests which generally begin in January.  These contests are held on Saturdays and categories include Poetry Reading, Prose Reading, Radio News, Extemporaneous Speech, Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Duet Improvisation, Pantomime, Duet Acting, Storytelling, Creative Original Reading.  Descriptions of these events are presented earlier in Speech&Drama Club meetings than they will be presented in class.  Joining the Speech&Drama Club would be a good move if you are serious about doing well in contests.

Members of the drama class are encouraged to participate in the production of the school play during the third quarter.  Production dates are generally in the first part of March.  Members who will be working on stage or backstage as crew or cast MUST be prepared to clear their schedules after school and evenings the entire week before up to and including all public presentations.


The Album -

Lilies 08



This quarter we will work on public speaking and business communication


Communication Resource Center for Students

Strategies to Succeed in Public Speaking - online lessons from the School for Champions

What Not To Do When Making a Keynote Presentation

6 Elements of an Effective Presentation - presentation skills

Speech and Public Speaking

Tim Sheppard's Storytelling Resources for Storytellers

Effective Storytelling - a basic manual

Story Arts | Story Arts Online!


Links to Help with Speech Contests:

Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It site allows students to publish their own work for review, view other students' work, listen to student writers talk about how they wrote their pieces and read their own work; site also gives guidelines for writing each of 5 different genres; great writing resource for creative original and original oratory

Lesson plans bookmarked for pantomime lessons

ORAL INTERPRETATION (tips for dramatic and humorous interp, prose and poetry reading)


Impromptu Speaking or Extemporaneous Speaking - presentation skills

Tales From Shakespeare by Charles Lamb - Read Print  (To help with the play.  Read prose summaries of the plays represented in our spring play.)

Speech Topics - Impromptu Speech Topics for Oral Presentations

Links for Class

Awesome Scripts and Screenplays

Theatre on a Shoestring

Lessons in Creating a Character

Lesson plans bookmarked for pantomime lessons

Educational Theatre Association - rehearsal hall

Set Design Links

Tragedy or Comedy? Dramatic Genres

PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets.. Poetry Search Engine  New!

Read book online: Literature books,novels,short stories,etc.

Page By Page Books. Read Classic Books Online, Free.

The Short Story Classics: The Best From The Masters Of The Genre

MasterTexts(TM) - The Texts of Masterpieces

Internet Public Library:

Theatrecrafts.com - Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms

 Elsberry Invitational S

Speech Tournament, January 12, 2008

Trophy winners Alyssa Thomas and Amanda Gilbert - Duet Improv; Keena Lewelling - Extemp


Cast of Where the Lilies Bloom, Performance dates: March 6-7, 2008

Seniors in our 2009 spring play, The Haunting of Will Shakespeare, presented on March 6 and 7, 2009.

Links for Drama:

  Great Drama Links

  WarmUps and Improvs       

  Bill's Plays - Frumpled Fairytales

  Edwena's Games

  The PlayBook - 2001 Edition

  Theatre on a Shoestring

Club Activities and News

Dues are $5 again this year.

Officers are Kelsay Bartlett, Yusef Jaouni, and Jordan Davis