Categories you can enter:

Solo, Duet, Trio, Small Group, Large Group

Style that can be presented:

Classical, Dramatic, Contemporary, Comical and Open

All acting performances and routines must be suitable for family audiences of all ages. Performances not deemed to be in good taste may be disqualified. Any stage props used during the performance must be carried on and off stage by contestants (no outside help is allowed). Contestants leaving anything behind on the stage could be disqualified.

Acting Classical style

  • The scene must come out of the late 1800s and early 1900s
  • It must be a monologue, and must come out of a known play (see the recommended list below by age group)
  • Your costumes and makeup must be suitable for the specific style
  • Movements and acts must be out of that period and must be specific i.e. Greek period
  • The pronouncement of the language must also be suitable for that specific period.

Classical for 5 – 12 years

  • Fairies, dwarfs, witches, dragons and halloween.
  • Little princess
  • Stories out of al grimm’s books
  • Stories out of the books of hans christian anderson: the matchbox girl, little ida’s flowers; the lost pearl, (you can find a list of all his stories on the internet)
  • Anne of green gables
  • Little woman
  • Alice in wonderland
  • Oliver twist
  • Wizard of oz
  • Anastasia
  • Pirates
  • Any animated story that does not contain modern language
  • 101 dalmatians and some of the walt disney stories.
  • Pinocchio
  • Robinson cruse
  • Pied piper of hamlin

Classical: for 3 – 15 years

  • Greek theatre: electra, hecabe, medea, the illiad, iphigeneia, lysistratha, women of troy, homerus, baccus, helen of troy, troy or any greek mythological legend.
  • Medieval theatre: mystery
  • Shakespeare: any of his plays (comical or tragedy) – king lear, measure for measure, macbeth, midsummer night’s dream.
  • Moliér: the love tiff, scapino, wives
  • Anton chekhov: the swan song, the seagull, uncle vanja (all his plays can be used)
  • Guy de maupassant: the necklace
  • French revolution: les miserables
  • Time of sailboats: lords & ladies
  • The scarlet letter
  • Annie, peter pan, nutcracker prince, 101 dalmatians, joan of arc

Contemporary

  • Modern/ actual/ representing our current life
  • The use of language must be of today and modern in style
  • Topics can be:
  • Corruption, aids, raping, drugs, suicide, abuse, retrenchments,
  • Programs like survivor, the apprentice, fear factor, terrorism, bombings
  • Modern families and their daily problems
  • Modern relationships
  • The ups and downs of modern life
  • A world without any feelings

Comical

  • Comedy refers to any context or work generally intended to be humorous or to amuse by inducing laughter.
  • Satire and political satire use comedy to portray persons or social institutions as ridiculous or funny. Parody subverts popular genres and forms, critiquing those forms without obviously condemning them.
  • Other forms of comedy include:
  • Screwball comedy, which derives its humour largely from bizarre, surprising (and improbable) situations or characters.
  • Black comedy, which is characterized by a form of humour that includes darker aspects of human behaviour or human nature.
  • Romantic comedy is a popular genre that depicts burgeoning romance in humorous terms and focuses on the foibles of those who are falling in love.

Dramatically

  • Emotions and conflict is key. The situation must be very dramatic and be full of emotions
  • The acting style is defined when something is done with great flare or in an exaggerated or theatrical manner. (Example: when you get mad and make a big show of leaving the room in a huff, this is an example of a time when you exit dramatically).
  • The performance must be filled with: action, emotions, or exciting qualities; vivid, emotional, suspense, etc.

Open

  • Any style that does not fit into the listed ones.
  • If you have two comical pieces you would like to perform, you can do one under comedy and the other under the open category.

General suggestions

  • Your performance must come across as natural as possible.
  • You must be very persuasive with your acting.
  • Look for a reaction from your audience.
  • Before you start your acting, get into your character first.