Speech Arts

SPEECH ARTS

SPEECH ARTS CLASSES – Additional Rules

TIME LIMITS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED. A bell will ring at end of time limit and to avoid disqualification competitors must IMMEDIATELY STOP. This is at the adjudicator’s discretion! Timers please ask adjudicator if they want bell rung or to be told at the end of piece if time limit was exceeded.

For Poetry, announcement of the title is included in the time limits.

For prose and drama, a brief description may be given before the selection is timed.

The purpose of speech classes is essentially educational. They are intended as an incentive and as an aid to the study of good speech and the appreciation of good literature.

  1. All material must be of Festival standard suitable for performance before a mixed audience of all ages or entry will be disqualified. No provocative material.
  2. Participants/Teachers are responsible for ensuring original copies (books) for all pieces being performed are available during competition to comply with copyright laws. These books will be given to the Board Representative and kept on hand for the Adjudicator.
  3. Participants must check in and provide a copy of the material being performed. These copies will be destroyed following the session.
  4. Unless otherwise stated, the participant is expected to perform selections from memory.
  5. Selections may not be repeated two years in a row.
  6. To be eligible for a Festival award and Provincial recommendation, a participant must be 11 years of age or older and perform a solo in each of the following three classes:
    1. Prose
    2. Monologue or Shakespeare Monologue and
    3. Poetry – your choice – except Young Poets

All marks from these and other solo classes will be averaged to determine whether the competitor can be recommended for an award and Provincial consideration. To further clarify – all marks from every solo entry will be used to determine competitor’s average. Each solo must receive an 85% minimum.

Special provisions for a Primary Award – solo entrant 8 and under – and a Junior Award – solo entrant 10 & under – will be available for the solo entrant with the highest average marks in either 8 and under or 10 and under category. To be eligible, the entrants must enter 2 classes – an individual Dramatic Poetry Class and a Poetry Class.

 

SPEECH ARTS CLASSES

All times noted are maximums

SIGHT READING (3 minutes)

Prose selection to be made by the Adjudicator. Competitors will be brought separately into the performance area.
Beginners 10 and under
Juniors 12 and under
Intermediates 14 and under and 16 and under
Seniors 28 years and under


CHORAL SPEECH

Teachers – a reminder that originals only must be used for conducting
Two contrasting selections, total of both selections not to exceed time limit.
Schools: The Primary and Intermediate classes must have students from three or more grades.
Primary 4 minutes
Intermediate 6 minutes
Pre-School 4 minutes
Kindergarten 4 minutes
Grades 1,2,3,4 4 minutes
Grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and up 6 minutes
Non-School Groups: At least 10 voices 6 minutes


CHORIC DRAMA

Time Limit 10 minutes All age groups
One selection of Festival Standard required. For Festival purposes, this is defined as a group poem to which action has been added.


POETRY SOLO

– Pieces may not be used in any other classes.
Timing:
6, 8, 10 & 12 years and under 3 minutes
14, 16, 28 years and under 4 minutes


POETRY DUO

– 1 entry per duo
Pieces may not be used in any other classes.
Timing:
6, 8, 10 &12 years and under 3 minutes
14, 16 & 28 years and under 4 minutes


PROSE

The focus should be on the voice with a minimum of gesture. Competitors may stand or be seated. The selection should include both narration and dialogue. It should be concise (a few paragraphs from a novel/story forming a dramatic unit) and spoken in the story-telling style, but should not be performed as a dramatic scene. Vocal characterization is encouraged and the quality of prose should be maintained.
Timing:
10 & 12 years and under 5 minutes
14, 16, 28 years and under 6 minutes
LYRIC POETRY
Pieces may not be used in any other classes. Note: expresses emotions and feelings of authors, words paint a picture, can start with “I,” cannot tell a story, something thoughtful and there is no eye contact with the listener.
Timing:
8, 10 & 12 years and under 3 minutes
14, 16 & 28 years and under 4 minutes


NARRATIVE POETRY

– Pieces may not exceed 5 minutes. All age groups
Note: A poem which tells a story and usually has dialogue; the telling of the story is the primary concern of the speaker


DRAMATIC POETRY

Poetry which presents a situation that employs dialogue extensively or exclusively.
Timing:
6, 8, 10 &12 years and under 3 minutes
14 & 16 years and under 4 minutes
18 years and under and Open 5 minutes


HUMOUR

Presentation of a humorous selection – prose or verse is required. Title on the Entry Form please- no script required by the Adjudicator. This may be own creation.
Timing:
8 years and under 3 minutes
10 years and under 4 minutes
All other ages 5 minutes


CANADIAN POETRY

– Pieces not to exceed 5 minutes. All age groups
Selections to be by Canadian poets.


CLASSICAL POETRY

Timing:
6, 8, 10 & 12 years and under 3 minutes
14, 16 & 28 years and under 4 minutes


STORY TELLING

– Pieces not to exceed 5 minutes. Age groups 10 and up.
The participant will be required to tell a short story not to exceed five minutes in length. It may be original or taken from a book and must sound spontaneous. Variation of Prose. Scripts are not required by Adjudicator.


DRAMATIC DUOLOGUES

One entry per couple is required. Costumes must be kept simple, minimum props. Performers may be different ages as long as both are within the ages specified in the Speech Arts Syllabus
Timing:
8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 years and under 5 minutes
28 years and under 7 minutes


CLASSIC DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES

One entry per person allowed. Costumes must be kept simple, minimum props. Selections must be chosen from a published play or published anthology of individual monologues.
Timing:
8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 years and under 5 minutes
28 years and under 7 minutes


CONTEMPORARY DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES

(Taken from plays or anthologies published from 1950 to present)
One entry per person allowed. Costumes must be kept simple, minimum props.
Timing:
8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 years and under 5 minutes
18 years and under 7 minutes


DRAMATIC SCENE, GROUP OPEN

A scene performed by 3-5 people. One entry per group is required. Performers may be different ages as long as all are within the ages specified in the Speech Arts Syllabus. State choice of play and provide Act, Scene number and beginning line. Minimal costuming and props. Must be memorized.
Timing:
6-10 years 8 minutes
11-23 years 12 minutes


BIBLE OR OTHER SACRED BOOK READING

Timing:
6, 8, 10 & 12 years and under 3 minutes
14, 16 & 28 years and under 4 minutes


READER’S THEATRE

No costumes. Scripts to be carried
Timing:
10 & 12 years and under 10 minutes
14, 16, 28 years and under 20 minutes


YOUNG POETS

Selection must be written and performed by student.
Timing:
10 & 12 years and under 4 minutes
14, 16 & 28 years and under 5 minutes


SHAKESPEARE – MONOLOGUE

A scene depicting one character only – State choice of play and provide Act, Scene number and “beginning line”. Minimal costuming – Must be memorized.
Timing:
13 years and under 4 minutes
16 years and under 5 minutes
28 years and under 6 minutes


SHAKESPEARE – DUO OPEN

A scene performed by two people. Performers may be different ages as long as both are within the ages specified in the Speech Arts Syllabus. State choice of play and provide Act, Scene number and “beginning line.” Minimal costuming; must be memorized.
Timing:
11 – 28 years 10 minutes


NOVICE CLASSES

For First year Festival entrants only
Timing:
8, 10, 12, 14 & 16 years and under 3 minutes

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