Events

Each participant should be prepared to give a brief introduction to the piece. Introduction should include:

Solo Acting

A student performs an original or published monologue lasting no longer than 3.5 minutes. The monologue may be comedic or dramatic. All entries must be appropriate for the age of the student, their school and community with regards to language and subject matter. Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification. Props and costumes are not allowed. A chair may be used and will be available. The monologue must be memorized. Student will be judged on characterization, movement and bodily expression, vocal expression and interpretation, selection of scene, blocking, rhythm and pacing.

Solo Musical

A student performs a selection that must come from a musical play, revue, or a musical movie, no longer than 3.5 minutes. The number must be appropriate and within the student’s range of ability. It is suggested (but not required) that the student sets up the song by beginning with a brief monologue and then segueing into the song. Costumes and props are not allowed. One chair may be used and will be available. Choreography and movement is acceptable. Students must provide their sound file in advance (see instructions below). The accompaniment must be music only. No vocals are allowed on the accompaniment. A piano, other instruments or an accompanist may not be used. A student may not sing a cappella. Microphones will not be used. Song must be memorized. Students in this category will be judged on tone, vocal expression and interpretation, diction, technique, characterization, movement/dance, appropriateness of selection and scene.

Duet Acting

Two students perform an original or published scene (dialogue) lasting no longer than 3.5 minutes. The scene should be appropriately balanced between characters and may be comedic or dramatic. ALL entries must be appropriate for the age of the student, their school and community with regards to language and subject matter. Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification. Props and costumes are not allowed. Two chairs may be used and will be available. The scene must be memorized. Each student will be judged individually on acting, characterization, movement and bodily expression, vocal expression and interpretation. Students in the duet acting category will also be judged together on interaction, support, connection, blocking, unity, rhythm and pacing.

Duet Musical

Two students perform a selection that must come from a musical play, revue, or a musical movie, no longer than 3.5 minutes. The number must be appropriate and within the student’s range of ability. It is suggested (but not required) that the students set up the song by beginning with a brief scene and then segueing into the song. The performance should be appropriately balanced between characters and may be comedic or dramatic. ALL entries must be appropriate for the age of the student, their school and community with regards to language and subject matter. Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification. Props and costumes are not allowed. Two chairs may be used and will be available. Choreography and movement is acceptable. Students must provide their sound file in advance (see instructions below). The accompaniment must be music only. No vocals are allowed on the accompaniment. A piano, other instruments or an accompanist may not be used. The students may not sing a cappella. Microphones will not be used. Song must be memorized. Each student will be judged individually on tone, vocal expression and interpretation, diction, technique, characterization, movement/dance, appropriateness of selection and scene. Students in the duet acting category will also be judged together on interaction, support, connection, blocking, unity, rhythm and pacing.

Group Acting

Students perform a selection from an original or published scene lasting no longer than 10 minutes. The scene may be comedic or dramatic. All entries must be appropriate for the age of the student, their school and community with regards to language and subject matter. Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification. Props and costumes are not allowed. Up to six chairs may be used and will be available. The scene must be memorized. The group will be judged on characterization, movement and bodily expression, vocal expression and interpretation, ensemble effect, selection of scene and blocking.

Group Musical

Students perform a selection from a musical play, revue, or a musical movie, no longer than 10 minutes. The number must be appropriate and within the student’s range of ability. All entries must be appropriate for the age of the student, their school and community with regards to language and subject matter. Violation of this rule is grounds for disqualification. Props and costumes are not allowed. Up to six chairs may be used and will be available. Choreography and movement is acceptable. Students must provide their sound file in advance (see instructions below). The accompaniment must be music only. No vocals are allowed on the accompaniment. A piano, other instruments or an accompanist may not be used. The students may not sing a cappella. Microphones will not be used. Song must be memorized. The group will be judged on tone, vocal expression and Interpretation, diction, technique, characterization, ensemble effect, movement & dance, and appropriateness of selection and scene.

Middle School One-Act Play Festival

May be a musical or play. One entry per school at a maximum length of 40 minutes (including set up and strike). Set up on stage with minimal set provided of 3 large cubes, 2 medium cubes, 2 small cubes painted black. School may opt to bring addition props and costumes, but no additional set will be allowed. Time will begin once school takes the stage. You can choose to create a set up and strike as part of your performance, but it is not mandatory. Costumes are optional and will not be judged. If you are choosing to perform a musical, you must provide your own portable device with speaker. No mikes or technical effects will be allowed. All schools will be judged on the following and ranked Superior, Excellent or Good: Script appropriateness, Interpretation of Script, Tempo/Rhythm, blocking/Composition, and Characterization.

Middle School “Create A Play” Ten Minute Playworks

One submission per student, only unproduced works will be accepted, no adaptations or musicals, cast size maximum of five, and a maximum length of 10 minutes, no minimum. (This means ten pages or less.) Theme: Make Your Voice Heard. See packet for more information.

Studio Theatre Monologue Competition

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