The Dramatic Interpretation contest consists of the effective and expressive delivery of a Latin passage.  Cascadia JCL uses the same passages as the NJCL convention.  Passages are available for download from the NJCL website.

Participants in the Dramatic Interpretation Contest must compete on the current level of Latin study.  No student may compete at the same level more than one year (except for those at the advanced level).  Contestants at the advanced level may enter only one contest, either poetry or prose, but not both.  The head judge may prompt at his/her discretion.  In this contest, costume and props are NOT to be used.  An introduction in English is NOT necessary, and, if given, is NOT in any way to be considered in rating participants.  A false start (i.e. no longer than the first line) will be allowed without a point deduction.

Contestants should make sure their movements and gestures are appropriate to the content of the presentation.  It is highly recommended that a student’s sponsor hear and approve the presentation before the contest.  A carefully memorized selection is a sine qua non.  Students and advisors are reminded that a poem (Advanced Poetry level only) must be recited in the appropriate meter, including elisions.

Dramatic Interpretation is NOT a sequestered event.  Anyone wishing to compete in it may do so at any point during the scheduled time.


Standard rules apply with one exception:  memorization is not required.  Contestants should emphasize clear and accurate pronunciation, vocal inflection, gestures, and other aspects of performance. 

To enter, record yourself on video performing your piece and email your video to between January 31 and midnight of March 12.  If you prepared a passage for the 2020 convention, you may still enter it, but you must submit it by January 30, 2021.  Your video should be a single recording of a full performance of your passage; do not edit together multiple takes.  You may make as many recordings as you like, but please send only your single best performance. 

Please include the following information with your email.

Subject line:  event name (Dramatic Interp), year of passage (2020 or 2021), and gender of character.

Body: your full name, convention ID (if known), delegation, and Latin level.


Contestants are scored on the following criteria:

Category                                                                         Points

(prose)             (poetry)

Memorization                                                             (25)                (25)

Character portrayal and depth                                (20)                (20)

Pronunciation                                                             (20)                (15)

Enunciation                                                                (10)                (05)

Voice control                                                              (05)                (05)

Eye contact                                                     ____ (05)    _____ (05)

Natural gestures & appropriate movement  ___ (10)    ____ (10)

Phraseology                                                                    (5)                 (5)

Scansion (poetry only)                                                                       (10)

 Total                                                                           ____________   (100)


Awards are given by Latin level in the following divisions:

Latin ½, Girls                          Latin ½, Boys

Latin 1, Girls                           Latin 1, Boys

Latin 2, Girls                           Latin 2, Boys

Advanced Prose, Girls            Advanced Prose, Boys

Advanced Poetry, Girls          Advanced Prose, Boys

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