Scholarship Competition Drama Guidelines

  • Students should come ready to perform at their assigned time dressed in black or another solid, neutral color
    (no costumes). There are no practice rooms.
    When called to begin, students should state their assigned number—not their name—and briefly describe the
    selections they will perform.
  • Students need to choose two monologues that show a contrast; such as urban vs rural, comedy vs serious , or
    classic vs contemporary. Each memorized monologue should be 90 seconds. The total performance cannot
    exceed three minutes; judges will stop the student without penalty at three minutes.
  • Monologue should be chosen from plays, theater, and drama selections. Self -written monologues are not
    permitted. Copies of the monologue for the judges are not needed.
  • Expect a slight direction from the judges. This means the judges will ask you to perform one of your pieces in
    a different way or from a different perspective.
  • Students should direct their performance to the imagined audience that is appropriate to the monologue.
    That may be another person, a group, or an imaginary receiver.
  • No student will be judged by immediate family or current teachers/instructors.

Students are judged on a 1-10 scale for each criteria, with a total possible score of 50 points.
Adherence to Guidelines will be reflected in score.
Student is judged on the following criteria: POINTS

  1. COMMAND OF TEXT/ VOCAL ACTION/ FOCUS. Solid memorization of their chosen
    audition material and concentration on communicating to their chosen audience.
  2. ABILITY TO TAKE DIRECTION. Flexibility in interpretation, and the ability to adjust
    their approach.
  3. CHARACTERIZATION. Emotional and physical believability and commitment to character;
    choices or tactics towards an objective that create a relationship with real or implied
  4. VOCAL ACTION. Projection, articulation, intonation, and other chosen vocal techniques
    that reflect the character’s emotions and subtext.
  5. PHYSICAL ACTION. Gestures, facial expressions, movements, and actions that
    communicate the character’s emotions and subtext and seem natural to the character.

(revised 12/2017)

This document last updated on 01/01/2018

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