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PERFORMANCE EVENTS


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RULES FOR ALL PERFORMANCE EVENTS


1. Individual Events have strict time limits. After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word, musical note or acting action (if it precedes the first word or note). If a student exceeds the time limit, the judge will notate the time on the form and a final eligibility ruling will be determined in the tabulation room. If the student exceeds the time limit by 30 seconds, the timekeeper must stop the performance. No warnings are required from the timekeeper.

  Time limits for performance events are as follows: Monologues, 3 minutes; All other performance events, 5 minutes

2. Each entrant is permitted to participate in only three of the following performance categories: Monologue (Solo OR Contrasting), Duet Acting, Group Acting, Solo Musical Theatre, Duet Musical Theatre, Group Musical Theatre, Improvisational Pairs, and Musical Theatre Dance. To clarify, a student may choose up to three in those listed categories, then do any number of the other categories.

3. All students must be in front of the judges while performing.

4.  It is the troupe director’s responsibility to view all material before the festival.  To promote professionalism in the field, competitors are encouraged to choose material that is language and content appropriate for an educational setting.  Judges reserve the right to disqualify any material that he or she deems inappropriate.

5. Entrants who qualify for the National Festival in Nebraska in Individual Events through participation in the New Jersey Festival must present exactly the same work at both the state and national levels. Substitutions are not allowed. Entrants who qualified at a chapter conference/festival and who are listed on the chapter qualifier form are the only ones qualified to perform at ITF. a. However, in the category of Group Musical and Group Acting, drops will be allowed, but no substitutions are permitted in any category.

6. Acceptable material for all Individual Performance Events:


a. Published scripts written for the theatre ONLY. If the participant is using a piece that is also a movie, the performance must be from the play/musical, not the movie script.

b. Songs from a musical that have been written for the theatre (regardless of its previous publication as a classical or popular song – e.g., Forever Plaid, Mamma Mia, etc.)

c. It’s difficult to address every situation in this document, but fundamentally, the guide is that the piece must either have:

i. Publisher permission (NOT author-only permission)

ii. Available for sale in a libretto, play, vocal selection, musical score


7. Unacceptable material for Individual Performance Events:


a. Poetry

b. Fiction

c. Scripts or songs from films

d. Scripts or songs from television

e. Stand-alone monologues found on the internet or in monologue books

f. Popular songs not used in a published work for the theatre

g. Classical songs not used in a published work for the theatre

h. Props or Costumes - including the use of hair, non-prescription glasses, earrings or other personal items.


8. Disqualification. The Individual Event program is meant to challenge, inspire, and educate students. As you’ll note throughout this document, there are very clear rules to ensure equity among all participants. Violations of these rules can lead to disqualification.


a. Disqualification reasons can be noted by individual adjudicators. The judges should note the issue(s) under their printed name and signature.

b. Regardless of individual disqualification reason(s), it is the responsibility of the tabulation room officials (or pre-defined designate) to rule on any disqualifications.

c. Disqualifications at the New Jersey Thespian Festival will be ruled by Chapter Director, Carolyn Little.

9. Filming. Individual Events may not be filmed for rebroadcast or other use.


SPECIFIC NATIONAL PERFORMANCE EVENT RULES


Contrasting Monologues


In Acting – Monologues (Contrasting Monologues), the skills measured are:

• Use of transitions into and out of character

• Ability to create a believable character

• Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships

• Use of focus and concentration

• Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging

In a monologue performance the entrant must follow these guidelines:

• Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction must include only: The entrant’s name, Troupe number, Title of both selections, Name of the playwright

• Remain within strict time limits: After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word or acting action (if it precedes the first word). Monologues are not to exceed three minutes TOTAL.

• Appropriate material:

o Prepare two selections

o Monologues should represent two contrasting selections (may be different in period, style, or mood)

o Each selection should be approximately one and one-half minutes each

o Each selection should reflect an important moment in the play

o Only one character from each play may be portrayed in each selection

o Prior to the event, validate the material using the guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable material

• Entrants will present themselves as a blank slate, refraining from clothing or accessories that distract from the character.  Follow strict limits on clothing and props:

o Props (including hand-held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed

o One chair may be used

o Entrants must wear all black

o Entrants must wear all black shoes

o Clothing should be professional yet allow easy movement for the actor to accommodate the action of the performance

o Entrants should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the adjudicators


Acting – Duo/Group Scene


A duo is defined as a performance for two players. A group scene is defined as a performance for three to sixteen players. In each case, every participant must be actively involved in the scene chosen for performance.

In Acting – Duo/Group Scene, the skills measured are:

• Use of transitions into and out of character

• Ability to create a believable character

• Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships

• Use of focus and concentration

• Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging

In a Duo/Group Scene performance the entrants must follow these guidelines:

• Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction must include only: The entrants’ names, Troupe number, Title of the selection, Name of the playwright

• Remain within strict time limits: After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word or acting action (if it precedes the first word) Duo/group scenes are not to exceed five minutes.

• Appropriate material:

o Each participant must be actively involved in the scene

o Prior to the event, validate the material using the guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable material

• Entrants will present themselves as a blank slate, refraining from clothing or accessories that distract from the character.  Follow strict limits on clothing and props:

o Props (including hand-held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed

o For duo acting, two chairs may be used

o For group acting, one table and up to six chairs may be used

o Entrants must wear all black

o Entrants must wear all black shoes

o Clothing should be appropriate to the situation yet allow easy movement for the actors to accommodate the action of the performance

o Entrants should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the adjudicators


Musical Theatre – Solo Performance


In a musical theatre solo performance, the entrant must present one musical selection from a published script written for one actor for musical theatre. (The entrant may not perform a song written for a duet or group.) The judges will consider how well the piece is acted, not only how well it is sung. The selection may contain dialogue; however, this is primarily a “sung and not spoken” selection.

In Musical Theatre – Solo Performance, the skills measured are:

• Use of transitions into and out of character

• Ability to create a believable character

• Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships through dialogue and music

• Use of focus and concentration

• Vocal skill and technique

• Use of dance and movement

• Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging

In a Musical Theatre – Solo Performance the entrant must follow these guidelines:

• Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction (slating) must include only: The entrant’s name, Troupe number, Title of selection, Name of the composer and lyricist

• Remain within strict time limits: After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word or acting action (if it precedes the first word). Musical theatre solo performances are not to exceed five minutes

• Appropriate material: Prior to the event, validate the material using the guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable material

• Follow strict limits on musical accompaniment:

o Performers MUST use pre-recorded, non-vocal musical accompaniment; no live music is permitted.

o Accompanists are not permitted

o A cappella performances are not permitted

• Entrants will present themselves as a blank slate, refraining from clothing or accessories that distract from the character.  Follow strict limits on clothing and props:

o Props (including hand-held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed

o One chair may be used

o Entrants must wear all black

o Entrants must wear all black shoes

o Clothing should be professional yet allow easy movement for the actors to accommodate the action of the performance

o Entrants should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the adjudicators



Musical Theatre – Duet/Group Performance


In a musical theatre duet/group performance, the entrants must present one musical selection from a published script written for a duet or group for musical theatre. The judges will consider how well the piece is acted, not only how well it is sung. The selection may contain dialogue; however, this is primarily a “sung and not spoken” selection.

A musical theatre duet is defined as a musical theatre performance for two players. A musical theatre group scene is defined as a musical theatre performance for three to sixteen players. In each case, every participant must be actively involved in the scene chosen for performance.

In Musical Theatre – Duet/Group Performance, the skills that measured are:

• Use of transitions into and out of character

• Ability to create a believable character

• Communication of objective, tactics, and relationships through dialogue and music

• Use of focus and concentration

• Vocal skill and technique

• Use of dance and movement

• Integration of voice, body, movement, and staging

In a Musical Theatre – Duet/Group Performance the entrants must follow these guidelines:

• Begin with an introduction (slating). The introduction must include only: The entrants’ names, Troupe number, Title of selection, Name of the composer and lyricist

• Remain within strict time limits: After the introduction (slating), time begins with the first word or acting action (if it precedes the first word). Musical theatre duet/group performances are not to exceed five minutes.

• Appropriate material:

o Each participant must be actively involved in the performance

o Prior to the event, validate the material using the guidelines for acceptable and unacceptable material

• Follow strict limits on musical accompaniment:

Performers MUST use pre-recorded, non-vocal musical accompaniment; no live music is permitted

o Accompanists are not permitted

o A cappella performances are not permitted

• Entrants will present themselves as a blank slate, refraining from clothing or accessories that distract from the character.  Follow strict limits on clothing and props:

o Props (including hand-held props), costumes, or theatrical makeup are not allowed

o For a duet musical theatre performance, two chairs may be used

o For a group musical theatre performance, one table and up to six chairs may be used

o Entrants must wear all black

o Entrants must wear all black shoes

o Clothing should be professional yet allow easy movement for the actors to accommodate the action of the performance

o Entrants should refrain from wearing anything that might distract the adjudicators


Chapter Select Short Play


1.    Time limit per school: 45 (forty-five) minutes maximum, includes set-up, performance, & strike.

Performance time limit: 40 (forty) minutes maximum.

2.    Troupes may not rehearse on the main stage during “down” times.

3.    Each group must present a performance from a published NON-MUSICAL play.  Screenplays and television scripts are not permitted.  It may be a complete short play or a cutting from a longer play.

4.    Three (3) or more actors must be involved in the performance.

5.    Props (including hand props), costumes, make up, and background music may be used.

6.    Each troupe may enter only one presentation.

7.    A MAXIMUM of 17 Main Stages will be adjudicated, on a first come, first served basis.

8.    Note: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies will be awarded for each of the following categories: Best Play, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress.

9.    In the event that the first and/or second-place plays did not pay the Judging fee for the National Thespian Festival, it will be determined from the paid plays which play will represent New Jersey and perform at the National Thespian Festival.  In the event that the first-place troupe is unable to perform, the second-place alternate play may perform.

10. Go to www.njthespians.org to view the judging sheet for Chapter Select.


SPECIFIC NON-NATIONAL PERFORMANCE EVENT RULES


Musical Theatre Dance


One to eight performers, no longer than five minutes (Saturday only). Up to 3 performances from a school.

The skills measured are:

Clear character development

Establishment of mood or setting

Ability to create believable characters

Use of focus and concentration

Use of dance and movement

Integration of body, movement and staging

General Rules:

Schools can enter up to three performances into the Musical Theatre Dance category. (A student may enter only once.)

Students (1 to 8 in number) must present one selection.

Material must be drawn from published scripts written for theatre.  Works from other forms are not permitted.

Performers must use pre-recorded music. Singing may be on the recording for dance.

The performance cannot exceed five minutes.

Time will start once the performers start or when the music starts after concluding the introduction.

If time is exceeded, entry will be disqualified.

This is a dance category.  No singing will be done.

No lip syncing is allowed in this competition.

Up to eight chairs and one table can be used. Schools should plan to bring these if they plan to use them. These will not be provided.

Props are not permitted in the competition.

Dress code requirements are the same as the National IE Dress Code Requirements: all black is required.  


Single Monologue—Any Style


1.   Time limit: 3 (three) minutes maximum after the introduction.


Improvisational Pairs


The judges will be from the professional improvisational troupe, Howdy Stranger.

1.    Time limit: 4 (four) minutes maximum.

2.    NOTE: NO planning time will be given.

3. When a team is called, they introduce themselves to the judge and ask for a suggestion from which the improv scene will be inspired. They may ask for a suggestion from any of the following categories: (1) A relationship between two people, (2) An object, (3) A location, (4) An occupation or hobby, or (5) Any word or phrase.  For example, "Hi, I am Joe Smith [and I am Jane Lee] from Anytown High School. We are going to improvise a scene for you, but we need a suggestion to get started. Can you please give us the name of an object?" The judge could say anything that comes to mind, such as jack-o-lantern, lollipop, or ceiling fan.  

Team members repeat the suggestion given to confirm it was heard correctly, then thank the judge for their suggestion and begin the scene. The initiation must be inspired from the suggestion, but it does not need to be taken literally. (Please note, the improv will begin immediately; there will be no planning as in previous years.) To end the scene, actors break character and call "Scene!" Otherwise, the judge will call your scene at the 4-minute mark.


4. Please check Documents for Directors for the judging sheet.