Syllabus

Prince George Speech Arts and Drama Festival Society presents…

 

All the Places We Couldn’t Go

Covid ’21 Festival

SYLLABUS

Adventures through Literature

Inviting our neighbours across BC

Begins Virtually April 23, 2021

Entry Deadline April 12, 2021

 

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starting March 1, 2021

 

¨ A MEMBER OF PERFORMING ARTS BC

¨ A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL OF PRINCE GEORGE

 

The Prince George Speech Arts and Drama Festival is about fun. Through participation in the festival, students experience the joy and reward of showcasing their work in front of audiences – usually live, but this year virtual. The festival fosters the love of performing, builds self-confidence and provides participants the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from qualified adjudicators. Along with its educational value, the festival is a celebration of the eternal beauty of language and literature.

Because of our changing world with the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been re-evaluating our festival and how to take advantage of the opportunities the virtual format gives us.

Each Entry is $10. Any one from BC is welcome to participate. Registration is online. All submissions will be via video upload. Adjudications will be done virtually by qualified adjudicators with written adjudications emailed to entrants.

With your online registration, “how to upload” instructions will be emailed to each entrant.

We offer a large variety of classes. We would like to highlight:

  • Class 16 Storytelling/Oral History. We thought this would be a great opportunity to hear histories, myths and stories from our First People’s to our newest immigrants celebrating Canada’s multicultural background.
  • Class 26 Public Speaking. We thought this would give a forum for Toastmasters, Comedians and Soap Box speakers.

We are hoping to offer some online adjudications for the classes. More information to come in the online program after registration ends and classes are finalized.

 

 

 

The Board of Directors for 2021

President:       Mike McGuire                        Vice-President:   Trudy Klassen

Treasurer:      Aimee Cassie                         Secretary:           Julia Clemson

Director:         Jana Peters

The Board of Directors can be contacted at pg.speech.arts.drama@gmail.com

 

 

Prince George Speech Arts & Drama Teachers

Grace Arnott                                      kaleidoscopekids2014@gmail.com

Melissa Glover                                   shootingstarstheathre@gmail.com

Caroljoy Green                                  shinespeecharts@gmail.com


 

ENTRY RULES AND REGULATIONS

Festival Registration Forms must be received by April 12, 2021

No late entries. Festival Registration is online at www.princegeorgefestival.com

Questions can be directed to pg.speech.arts.drama@gmail.com

 

1. No changes to performance selections after the Festival Registration deadline.

2. Festival Entrants will be grouped according to age and Festival Class Number.

3. The Festival reserves the right to combine or divide Classes where numbers warrant.

4. Correct fees must accompany Festival Registration Forms. Payable online.  All classes are $10 each.

5. Each Entrant must upload a video of their performance. No editing, dubbing or music allowed. Entrant must upload a typed copy of their selection. Please label these copies with the student’s name, age and class. For 2021, to comply with copyright law, a waiver will need to be signed to confirm that the book the selection is published in is in your possession. An electronic version of the published material is acceptable, provided receipts are available as proof of purchase. *Instructions and dates for uploads required, waivers and other pertinent information will be emailed after registration is received.

6. Unless otherwise stated, the Entrant is expected to perform selections from memory.

7. No assistance during performance; only pre-performance for set-up of props for scenes (if necessary), and for the direction of Choral Speaking choirs.

8. No Entrant may perform the same selection in more than one Festival Class, or more than one selection in any one Festival Class.

9. Entrants may re-enter pieces performed in previous years, provided that the selection was not a first-place winner.

10. Please endeavour to adhere to performance time limits as noted in this Syllabus. Disqualification may result if time faults occur in timed Classes.

11. It is the responsibility of the Entrants and Teachers to enter selections in the correct Class. If you are at all unsure which Class your performance piece(s) should be entered under, please feel free to ask. pg.speech.arts.drama@gmail.com

12. Any Adults (24+years) are invited to enter any Festival Class not specifically age designated.

13. Our Lollipop League is designed to give younger children (Ages 4—6) an introduction to the Festival experience in an encouraging, non-competitive setting. See registration form.

FESTIVAL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS   Solo Classes

1-LYRIC POETRY: A lyric is a short, unified poem expressing the poet’s own experience, thoughts and feelings. It does not tell a story but describes a scene or emotion in a subjective manner. Usually performed in a relaxed sitting or standing position with no movement. 

            Time limit: 3 min.                               

2 NARRATIVE POETRY:  A narrative poem tells a story and often contains dialogue.  It may contain lyric passages, but the telling of the story is the primary concern of the speaker. The poem is written objectively and may be humorous. Gestures may be used. 

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                              

3 DRAMATIC POETRY: In a dramatic poem, the performer assumes a character distinct from themselves and the poet. The primary objective of the performer is to reveal a character’s thoughts, feelings, and motivations to the listener. Gestures may be used. The poem may be humorous. 

            Time limit:  3 Min.                                                      

4 CANADIAN POETRY: Any poem written by a Canadian poet. 

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                  

5 HUMOROUS POETRY: Any form of light or humorous verse. 

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                  

6 PROSE:  A concise selection of a few paragraphs from a novel or story that form a dramatic unit. Spoken in storytelling style, using the exact words of the author. Editing is permitted where quality of the prose can be maintained. Please note edits with [...] on typed copy. No movement around the stage or acting, but characterization and some gesturing are encouraged. A balance of narration and dialogue is optimal.

            Time limit:  5 min.                                                                              

7 PROSE-NOVICE: This Class is open to Entrants who have never participated in a Speech Arts & Drama Festival previously. Criteria outline is the same as Class 6, Prose. 

            Time limit:  5 min.                                                                              

8 STUART MCLEAN STORY READING: Entrants will read a selection from any of Stuart McLean’s work. The selection could include some dialogue and be learned, but not memorized. Selections can be edited to fit the time limit. Please denote edits with [...] on typed copy. Periodic eye contact with the audience is encouraged. No acting.

            Time limit:  5 min.                                                                              

 

9 SACRED READING: A selection from any sacred book. The selection should be read not memorized, except for very young children, who may choose to present their work from memory. Entrants will read from their own book. Please note Title and Version of the sacred book from which the selection is taken on Festival Registration Form. 

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                                                                  

10 MODERN DRAMATIC SCENE (SOLO): A solo dramatic scene is a speech of one character from a play published after 1910. Lines of other characters may be deleted, with the solo performed as if part of the whole play. Simple costumes and hand props may be used, and movement employed to help express character. Adaptations from stories may be used for Entrants under 11 years. 

            Time limit:  5 min.                                                                                          

11 Classical Dramatic Scene (Solo): As above in Class 10, but from a play published before 1910.    

            Time limit:  5 min.                                                      

12 SHAKESPEARE SOLO:  A speech of one character from a play by William Shakespeare. Lines of other characters may be cut, and a solo created if the sense of the passage can be maintained. The solo should be performed as if part of the whole play. Simple costumes and hand props may be used.

Time limit:  5 min.                                                                              

13 SONNET: A sonnet is a poem normally of 14 lines in any of several specific patterns.  Sonnets characteristically express a single theme or idea.

Time limit:  3 min.                                                                  

14 SONNET SEQUENCE: For this Festival, a sonnet sequence is a pair of sonnets related in some way. The sonnets’ theme, form or author are connections that could be made. This relationship should be explained as part of the performance.

Time limit:  5 min.                                                                              

15 LITERARY MONOLOGUE: Entrants perform a monologue, usually of the “personal experience” type. May be comic or serious. This is not part of a longer play, rather a speech from a diary, letter, solo monologue, or writing in the first person. Some movement and/or dramatization may be included. Simple costumes & props may be used. If the speech in question is part of a longer play, it should be entered in Class 10 or 11.

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                  


 

16 STORYTELLING/ORAL HISTORY: The Entrant will tell a story in their own words; using an informal storytelling style. Stories may be original, oral history or a re-telling of a published folktale, fairy tale, myth, legend or story. 

            Time limit:  4 min.                                                                                          

17 SIGHT READING:  Removed for 2021

18 CONCERT VARIATIONS: The Entrant will perform a short program of two or more selections of different form, but on a similar theme. (e.g. lyric poem, prose passage, narrative poem). The Entrant is expected to introduce and explain the choices, linking them together with suitable commentary, and will be adjudicated on the total presentation.

Time limit:  15 min. max.                                                      

19 SHAKESPEARE CONCERT VARIATIONS: The Entrant will perform a short program of two selections of Shakespeare’s work of different form to show diversity. The Entrant will be adjudicated on the total overall presentation.

            Time limit: 15 min.                                                                             

20 EXAM RECITAL: *Non-Competitive. A recital consisting of 3 selections appropriate to the RCM Speech Arts Grade of the Entrant. Performances can include Poetry, Prose, Drama, Shakespeare, Storytelling, Mime, or Public Speaking. Time limits will include titles, authors and introductions. Please note RCM Grade on Festival Registration Form

Time limit:        6 min. Primary (Grades K-3)

 8 min. Junior (Grades 4-6)

10 min. Intermediate (Grades 7-9)

15 min. Senior (Grade 10+)

21 I LIKE THIS POEM: Any age-appropriate poem spoken from memory. The Entrants should be prepared to explain their choice in 30 seconds or less.

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                             

22 I LIKE THIS POEM—NON-ENGLISH LANGUAGE:  Any age appropriate poem spoken from memory. The Festival Entrant must submit alternating English translations as follows:

I wandered lonely as a cloud                                    Yo vagava tan solo como una nube

That floats on high o’er vales and hills                    Que flota en alta o’er de vales y colinas.

When all at once I saw a crowd,                              Cuando de una vez vi una multitude,

A host, of golden daffodils:                                        Un receptor, de los narcisos de oro:

Sign Language is allowed with simultaneous spoken English. Adjudication for this class will be in English.

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                              

23 I LIKE THIS POEM - NOVICE: This Class is open to Entrants who have never participated in a Speech Arts & Drama Festival previously. Criteria outline for this Class is the same as Class 21, I Like This Poem. 

            Time Limit:  3 min.                                                                            

24 PROVINCIAL CLASS-SOLO: Entrants wishing to be considered for Provincial Competition must enter this Class.

Junior and Intermediate Level Entrants will perform a series of three selections consecutively, recital style in any order: one each of poetry, prose, and dramatic scene.

Senior Level Entrants also require a Sonnet. All selections must have a unifying theme. Entrants must introduce their theme at the beginning and then prior to the performance of each selection briefly explaining the selection’s connection to the theme.

The Entrant’s selections should be chosen to demonstrate versatility within age category time limits. Additions of simple costume pieces may be added for the drama section. Costume changes should be kept to an absolute minimum and can be as little as adding a scarf or picking up a book. Set-up and/or costume changes will be limited to one minute between selections, handled only by the Entrant without leaving the performance area. Costumes may be worn throughout the three performances to allow for smoother transitions between selections.

Time limits:

12 min. Junior (11-13 years)

15 min. Intermediate (14- 16 years)

20 min. Senior (17-23 years)

 

25 SOLO MIME:  The Entrant will perform a mimed story.  The use of background music is not permitted for 2021. Up to two chairs or stools can be used, but no hand props. Entrants may announce titles or display on a sign. Entrants must upload a brief typed outline up.

Time limit:  3 min.                                                                             

26 PUBLIC SPEAKING: Historic, Literary or Extemporaneous Speech Entrants have an option to present either an original extemporaneous speech (from notes) or a performance of a public speech from history or literature. Please submit a brief outline if performing an original extemporaneous speech, or full text typed copy if performing a Historic or Literary Speech.

Time limit:  4 min.                                                                                          

27 ORIGINAL POETRY: Entrants will perform their own original work from memory. Can be spoken word, haiku, sonnet, etc. Please note Title on registration form. 

Time Limit: 3 min.                                                                                         

28 ORIGINAL STORY READING: Entrants will read a story they have written themselves. Performances will be adjudicated on vocal skills, quality of presentation and suitability of presentation style for the “target” audience of the story. No title or typed copy required.

Time Limit:     3 min. 12 & Under

5 min. 13 & Over

29 Red cedar reading:  Removed for 2021

30-Story Reading: Entrants will read a story from a book of their own choice. The

selection should be age appropriate, include some character dialogue, and be learned, but

not memorized. Selections may be taken from a novel but must be edited to fit the time limit.

Adjudication will be based on the Entrant’s vocal skill and quality of presentation. Periodic

eye contact with the audience is encouraged. No acting.

Time limit:  4 min.                                                                                    

 

FESTIVAL CLASS DESCRIPTIONS   Duo and Group Classes

With the virtual format and $10 entry fee/entry we are hoping many more school classes

will be able to participate in the festival. Questions? pg.speech.arts.drama@gmail.com

 

31-LARGE GROUP CHORAL SPEAKING: A group of 12 to 30 voices performing primarily

 in unison or as two groups within the larger group. This is a group interpretation of poetry,

 verse or prose. Movement should be limited to gestures that can be performed in place,

 Entrants should not move around on the stage. A leader may conduct the group but should

 not participate verbally. Lines must be memorized. One selection only.

         Time limit: 4 min.                                             

32 SMALL GROUP CHORAL SPEAKING: A group of 3 to 11 voices performing as a speech choir. This is a group interpretation of poetry, verse or prose. Solo voices may be combined with unison work, and some gesture is permitted; Entrants should not move around the stage. A leader may conduct the group but should not participate verbally.  Lines must be memorized.  One selection only.

Time limit:  4 min.                                                                  

33 LARGE GROUP CHORIC DRAMA: A Dramatic presentation by 12 to 30 Entrants in which the chorus plays a major role in the action, either as a commentator or to advance the narrative. The chorus may play in unison or have solo voices in combination. Props/costume/movement are permitted. Lines must be memorized. Teachers cannot offer direction during performance. One selection only.

            Time Limit: 5 min.                                                                                         

34 SMALL GROUP CHORIC DRAMA: A dramatic presentation by 3 to 11 Entrants in which the chorus plays a major role in the action, either as commentator or to advance the narrative. The chorus may play in unison or have solo voices in combination. Props/costumes/movement are permitted. Teachers cannot offer direction during performance. Lines must be memorized. One selection only. 

            Time Limit: 5 min.     

35 DUO MIME: A Mime Play for 2 Entrants. Title to be presented at the start, either vocally or legibly displayed on a sign. A Mime Play should convey a story within the prescribed time limit. Sound effects may be included. No musical background for 2021. Provide a typed copy of a brief plot outline for the Mime.

Time limit:  5 min.                                          

36 DRAMATIC SCENE GROUP: Dramatic scene for 3 to 10 Entrants. Selection should be a play, a portion of a play or a dramatization of a story. Lines must be memorized. If used, costumes and props should be kept simple. Teachers cannot offer direction during performance. One selection only.

            Time limit:  1 min. (max) Introduction; 10 min. Performance                    

37 SHAKESPEARE GROUP: A scene for 3 to 10 Entrants from any play by William Shakespeare. The scene should be presented as if part of the whole play. Scenes may be edited or combined as long as Shakespeare’s words are used. Costumes and props should be kept simple. Teachers cannot offer direction during performance.

            Time limit:  1 min. (max) Introduction; 10 min. Performance        

38 PROVINCIAL CLASS DUO: A dramatic scene for 2 Entrants from a published classic or modern play, including the works of William Shakespeare. The scene should be presented as if part of the whole play. If choosing Shakespeare, scenes may be edited or combined if Shakespeare’s words are used. Costumes and props should be kept simple.

            Time limit:  10 min.                                                                           

39 SHAKESPEARE DUO: A Dramatic scene for 2 Entrants from any play by William Shakespeare. The scene should be presented as if part of the whole play. Scenes may be edited or combined as long as Shakespeare’s words are used.  Costumes and props should be kept simple. If Entrants wish to be considered as Provincial Representatives, they should enter Class # 38.

            Time limit:  10 min. including introduction.                          

40 READER’S THEATRE: A group of not more than 12 Entrants are required to present a play or story in the Readers’ Theatre style; holding scripts, which may be read from, used as props, etc. Some movement is permissible, but the emphasis should be on the voice.  Simple costumes are permissible. Teachers cannot offer direction during performance. 

            Time limit:  10 min. including set-up.                                              

41 POEMS FOR TWO VOICES: One selection arranged for and recited by 2 Entrants. Poems that are conversations, dialogues or that have two distinct moods work well. Simple movements and costuming may be included.

            Time limit:  3 min.                                                                              

42 DRAMATIC DUOLOGUE: A dramatic scene for 2 Entrants from any play or published source. May be adapted from a story. Scenes should be staged as if taken from a complete performance. Simple costumes and props may be used. One selection only. If Entrants wish to be considered as Provincial Representatives, they should enter in Class # 38.

Time limit:  10 min.