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Expressive reading and dramatic interpretation competition at American Memorial Park

(Press Release) —  Pacific Historic Parks continues its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read celebration of “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka with an Expressive Reading and Dramatic Interpretation Competition on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the American Memorial Park Visitor Center Theater.

Julie Otsuka

The event is open to all middle and high school students. This event is presented in partnership with the National Park Service, Joeten-Kiyu Public Library and the National Speech and Debate Association.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. for middle school students and 4 p.m. for high school students.

Students competing must use the NEA Big Read Title, “When the Emperor was Divine” by Julie Otsuka. The expressive reading category is limited to only 3 minutes, and the dramatic interpretation category is limited to 5 minutes. A free copy of the book is given to every student who registers.

Registration is still ongoing and the deadline is on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Those interested in registering can register online at, email jmafnas@pacifichistoricparks or stop by the American Memorial Park Visitor Center to fill out the registration form. The public is invited to watch the performances and join us in celebration of the 2019 NEA Big Read program.

A national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.

For more information on this competition, please contact Jovannalyn Mafnas at email address