Syllabus

Speaking And Drama Classes

NOTE: IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH COMPETITOR TO READ THE RULES AND REGULATIONS AND TO ENTER THE CORRECT CLASS. All classes are open to Male and Female competitors. ** The Board of the Music Festival reserves the right to cancel any classes if the number of entries in these classes are insufficient. Applicant fees will be returned in full.

Choral Speaking (Test Pieces) & Choral Speaking (Own Choice)

Test Pieces (Classes 1230,1231,1232,1233 & 1234)

Original copies of the test pieces will not be provided by the Festival. The conductor/director must bring an original copy of the test piece for the adjudicator. Should competitors have difficulty locating poems or have any questions regarding the Choral Speaking Rules, should contact: Emer McCarthy-Wilson - lrbemw@gmail.com

The following rules will be observed:
1. Choral speaking groups will be marked solely on quality of sound.
2. Special consideration will be given in the marking, to an imaginative presentation of the selection.
3. Movement, props and costumes are not permitted.
4. All pieces must be memorized.
5. The conductor must appear in front of the group.

 

NOTE: Gold, Silver & Bronze certificates will be awarded instead of 1st, 2nd & 3rd place certificates for Choral Speaking only.

GOLD: A first rate performance in all areas for the class being judged.
SILVER: A commendable performance but lacking on one or more areas of a first rate performance.
BRONZE: A good performance showing latitude for improvement.

 

Own Choice  (Classes 1230a,1231a,1232a,1233a & 1234a)

 The conductor/director must bring an original copy of the chosen piece for the adjudicator. Should the conductor have any questions regarding the Choral Speaking Rules, contact: Emer McCarthy-Wilson - lrbemw@gmail.com

The following rules will be observed:
1. Choral speaking groups will be marked solely on quality of sound.
2. Special consideration will be given in the marking, to an imaginative presentation of the selection.
3. Movement, props and costumes are not permitted.
4. All pieces must be memorized.
5. The conductor must appear in front of the group.

 

NOTE: Gold, Silver & Bronze certificates will be awarded instead of 1st, 2nd & 3rd place certificates for Choral Speaking classes:

GOLD: A first rate performance in all areas for the class being judged.
SILVER: A commendable performance but lacking on one or more areas of a first rate performance.
BRONZE: A good performance showing latitude for improvement.

 


 

 

Improvisation

RULES:
1. A minimum number of two performers shall comprise a group for improvisation performances.
2. Each group will be given a topic.
3. Each group will be sent into a private area for a 5 minute preparation period. All contestants will return to the auditorium and wait to be randomly chosen by the adjudicator to present their topics.
4. Each performance shall be no less than 2 minutes and no longer than 4 minutes in length.
5. Hand props and disquises may be brought by the competitors for their own use.

MARKING:
1. Inter-acting of the characters.
2. Continuity of topic.
3. Voice.
4. Imagination.
5. Impact on audience.
6. Effective use of the stage.

 

Speech Arts - Solo Classes

See Rules & Regulations regarding MEMORIZATION. In order to go on to the Provincial competition all work MUST BE MEMORIZED and you MUST be recommended by the Adjudicator. Competitors chosen from the Oshawa-Whitby Festival MAY be assisted financially in offsetting expenses incurred in attending such competitions. It is up to the competitor to acquaint himself with the rules of the Provincial competition. The following definitions have been established as a guide by the CIBC National Festival:

PROSE: Literary expression not marked by rhyme or metrical regularity - type of language used in novels, short stories and essays .e.g. "Treasure Island"; "Lord of the Flies"; essays by William Hazlitt.

POETRY - LYRIC: a short unified poem expressing the poet's own experience and emotion. The speaker interprets but should not identify himself with it. e.g. "Solitude" by Bliss Carman; "To Autumn" by Keats; Sonnets of Shakespeare and Wordsworth.

**Difference between poetry and prose - in verse we mould our language into some kind of pattern design; in prose we do not.

NARRATIVE: A poem which tells a story and usually has dialogue; the telling of the story is the primary concern of
the speaker. e.g. "The Stone" by W.W. Gibson; "The Dying Eagle" by E.J. Pratt

DRAMA: A published play intended to be represented on stage by actors assuming language, movement and dress
of original character. Selections from published anthologies of individual monologues are acceptable.

THERE IS A MAXIMUM TIME LIMIT OF FIVE (5) MINUTES FOR THE FOLLOWING CLASSES.

In the "Open" category, work must be of advanced level of difficulty. All work must be from published material.

PLEASE INCLUDE COPY OF PIECE TO BE PERFORMED WHEN SENDING IN ENTRY FORM.

COMPETITORS OWN CHOICE UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

 

Spoken Word Poetry

Spoken word poetry is a mix of performance and free verse poetry.  This genre of poetry demonstrates heavy use of rhythm, rhyme, poetic phrases, word play and slang. The performer speaks directly to the audience and uses body movement and emotion to captivate the listener.

Costumes and props are not permitted.

 

RULES:

 

All poems must be;

                       original

                       memorized

                       between two and four minutes

                       performed individually or in groups up to four (with each member    

                       participating equally)

 

Poets will be marked on;

                             overall quality and content

                       rhythm and rhyme

                       vocal strategy, volume and pace

                       dramatic delivery