Mount Mercy oral interpretation class shares performance material

Mount Mercy students in the J-Term course Oral Interpretation gave theatrical performances ranging from humorous to philosophical during their final presentation on January 25. Performances included storytelling, prose, literary program, and readers' theatre.

Miaree Ure-Harmon, pursuing a second bachelor's degree in secondary education, said she enjoyed acting out the work of one of her favorite authors, David Sedaris.

"He has written a lot of memoirs, but in one of his most recent books he tells stories about animals doing human things, so it's really funny," Ure-Harmon said.

Speech/Drama adjunct Kathleen Novy said students spent the term researching material that fulfilled requirements under the Iowa High School Speech Association guidelines for performance. This unique course is designed to equip students with the tools needed to judge and teach high school speech performances, teaching them what to look for in body language and use of vocals.

Brenda Westfall, a senior elementary education major, performed storytelling based on the book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," by Judith Viorst.

"I was nervous about the performance," Westfall said. "This was the first class I've had like this, and it was so much fun. It was great to be able to express yourself and I enjoyed meeting all of these other actors."

Mount Mercy's J-Term concluded on Thursday, January 26. Classes for spring semester will begin Monday, February 6.

See video from the class presentation by clicking here.

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