Speech Arts Class Descriptions

Please refer to the Honours Awards section for award descriptions.
Please refer to Rules specific to the Speech Arts Discipline on Page 6 before submitting entries.

Important Reminder: Please have original source books available at the Festival. A copy of the work must accompany the entry form.


Public Speaking

TBA entries are allowed in this class only. Notify the director ASAP with the entrants' names. The selection must be the entrant's original prepared speech. Selections need not be memorized, as notes should be used (but not read from). Participants will be judged on such details as research, organization, language, and all aspects of delivery and audience appeal. Scripts are not required by the adjudicator. The topic need not appear on the entry form. Marks will be deducted if the speaker is more than one minute over or under the time allowed. Junior (11 years and under), Intermediate (12-13 years) and Senior (14-15 years) should be 3-5 minutes long and Open (over 15 years) should be 5-8 minutes.


Choral Speech

In cases where mixed grades are in one class, please choose selections for the top grade. The Class number is that of the oldest grade (i.e. Grade 1/2 would be Class 3007). Group entries must have 8 or more participants. All classes are required to have two selections. These selections should contrast in mood, rhythm, or feeling.


Choral Drama

Involves the speaking of the text by a speech choir. Actors may then add movement, mime, solo voices and characterizations to help tell the story. Some costumes, props, music and sound effects may be included. The group leader may assist with set-up, and may conduct the group, but should not participate verbally. No spoken voices should be on tape. Time limit for set-up and performance must not exceed 10 minutes.


Reader's Theatre

Maximum of 12 participants per group. The entrants are required to present a play or story in the Reader's Theatre script. Groups may dramatize stories or books, or use an existing reader's theatre script. Some movement is permissible, but emphasis should be on the use of the voice. Scripts must be carried, but may be used merely as props, rather than read from. Simple costumes are permissible. Time limit is 15 minutes, including set-up and performance.


Lyric Poetry

A lyric is a short unified poem, expressing the poet's own experience, thoughts and feelings. The lyric does not tell a story or contain dialogue but describes a scene or emotion in a subjective manner, and is rarely, if ever, humorous. It is usually performed in a relaxed sitting or standing position with no movement. (e.g. "The Swing" by Robert Louis Stevenson or "Daffodils" by William Wordsworth). Time limit is 3 minutes.


Narrative or Dramatic Poetry

A narrative poem tells a story and usually contains dialogue. The telling of the story is the primary concern of the speaker. A portion of a longer poem may be chosen rather than the complete work. A dramatic poem portrays a character distinct from the poet. Both types of poem are written objectively and may be humorous. Gesture may be included to enhance the telling of the story. (e.g. "Hiding" by Dorothy Aldis or "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe). Time limit is 4 minutes.


Sonnet

Any sonnet by any sonneteer! One own choice selection.


Poems for Two

Any type of poem may be chosen and performed by two contestants. Some of the best poems include dialogue between two characters. The best performances would include places where each voice speaks alone and in combination. Gesture and limited staging may be used to enhance the performance.


Canadian Poetry

Each performer must select a poem written by a Canadian poet.


Original Poetry

Each performer shall present a poem written by himself/herself.


Humorous Poetry

Any form of light or humorous verse. Gesture may be included to enhance the performance.


Story Telling

The performer will be required to tell a short story. It may be original or the retelling of a known story. Stories with a clear narrative work best. Stories must be told, not read, and must be told in the entrant's own words. Good storytelling sounds spontaneous rather than memorized. The use of props is discouraged in Festival Standard storytelling. Titles to be announced at the time of the performance as scripts are not required by the adjudicator. Time limit is 5 minutes.


Impromptu Story Telling

Participants are given 2 minutes to look at a picture. They must then tell a story based on the picture. Time limit has been reduced from five minutes to two minutes.


Story Reading

Entrants will read a story from a book of their own choice. Performances will be adjudicated on vocal skill, quality of presentation, and suitability of the presentation style for the "target audience" of the particular story. Preferably, the older the participant, the more complex the story should be. Longer stories may be edited to fit the time limits. Titles are not required with the entry form. Time limit is 5 minutes. Please edit stories to fit time limit.


Memorized Prose

Each reading should be a complete story or a piece from a story that is complete in itself. Time must be between 2 and 4 minutes.


Bible Reading

A selection from any version of the Bible. The selection should be read and should not appear memorized, except in the youngest class, where entrants may choose to present their work from memory. Participants will read from their own copy of the Bible. Please provide an additional copy of unusual versions (i.e. not King James Version) for the adjudicator. Please indicate version, book, chapter and verses on the entry form. Time limit is 3 minutes.


Sight Reading

A suitable prose selection is provided at the time of the performance. No preparation time is allowed.


 

Drama Division


Dramatic Scene - Monologue

A solo dramatic scene should be a speech of one character from a published play. Lines of other characters may be deleted, but the solo should be performed as if part of the whole play. Reading the entire play helps to find the character. Simple costumes and props may be used, and movement may be employed to help express the character. Indicate on the entry form: play, author, act, scene, character. Time limit is 5 minutes including title and introductions.


Dramatic Scene - Duo

A scene for two players from any play. May be adapted from a story. Scene should be staged as though taken from the complete performance. Simple costumes and props may be used. Indicate on the entry form: play, author, act, scene, character.


Dramatic Scene - Group

A scene for 3-7 players. Selection should be a play or portion of a play, or a dramatization of a story. A single scene often works best. Lines must be memorized. If used, costumes and props should be kept simple. Indicate on the entry form: play, author, act, scene, character. Time limit is 15 minutes, including introduction.


Improvisation

A team of 4 or 5 students will be given a subject by the Adjudicator. The team will have 5 minutes to prepare a scene to be acted out by them. A teacher or adult may help with the preparation but may not participate nor coach. In this class of drama section, practice really does make a difference.


Mime

Mimes may be individual or presented by groups of not more than six members. The selection is to be prepared in advance. The contestant(s) are expected to introduce the Mime with a title. Title of mime and name(s) of individuals must be on the entry form. If time is required to set up props, please indicate on entry form. No more than 3 minutes will be allowed for setting up props. Time limits for performances are: 9 and under - 5 minutes, 10-11 years - 8 minutes, 12-13, 14-15 years and Open - 10 minutes.


Puppetry

1 to 3 puppeteers will present a puppet play using any type of puppets and staging. Original or published plays may be used. Entries will be judged on vocal skills and overall entertainment value. Include a copy of any original work with entry. Time limit is 10 minutes including set-up and performance.


Shakespeare - Solo Scene

A monologue of one character from a play by William Shakespeare. Lines of other characters may be cut, and a series of speeches performed as a monologue if the sense of the passage can be maintained. Simple costumes may be worn. Indicate on the entry form: play, act, scene and character.


Shakespeare - Duo

A scene for two from any of Shakespeare's plays, to be performed as if from the play in its entirety. Costumes and simple props may be used. Indicate on the entry form: play, act, scene, beginning and ending.


Shakespeare - Group

A scene for 3-7 players from any play by William Shakespeare, presented as if part of the whole play. Costumes and simple props may be used. Indicate on the entry form: play, act and scene.

Speech Classes

Speech Arts

Public Speaking
Junior
Intermediate
Senior
Open
Impromptu
3000
3001
3002
3003
3004
Choral Speech
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Open
3005
3006
3007
3008
3009
3010
3011
3012
3013
Choral Drama
Kindergarten
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Open
3014
3015
3016
3017
3018
3019
3020
3021
3022
Reader's Theatre
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Open
3119
3120
3121
3122
3123
3124
3125
3126
Lyric Poetry
Age 5 and Under
Age 6-7
Age 8
Age 9
Age 10
Age 11
Age 12
Age 13-15
Age 16-17
Open
3023
3024
3025
3026
3027
3028
3029
3030
3031
3032
Narrative or Dramatic Poetry
Age 5 and Under
Age 6-7
Age 8
Age 9
Age 10
Age 11
Age 12
Age 13-15
Age 16-17
Open
3033
3034
3035
3036
3037
3038
3039
3040
3041
3042
Sonnet
13 Yrs and Under
Age 14-16
Age 8
Age 19-30
Open
3043
3044
3045
3046
3047
Poems for Two
Age 5 and Under
Age 6-7
Age 8-9
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3048
3049
3050
3051
3052
3053
3054
3055
Canadian Poetry
Age 5 and Under
Age 6-7
Age 8-9
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3056
3057
3058
3059
3060
3061
3062
3063
Original Poetry
Age 9 and Under
Age10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3064
3065
3066
3067
3068
3069
Humorous Poetry
Age 5 and Under
Age 6-7
Age 8-9
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3070
3071
3072
3073
3074
3075
3076
3077
Story Telling
Age 9 and Under
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Open
3078
3079
3080
3081
3082
Impromptu Story Telling
Age 9 and Under
Age 10
Age 11
Age 12
Open
3083
3084
3085
3086
3087
Story Reading
Age 8 and Under
Age 9
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3088
3089
3090
3091
3092
3093
3094
Memorized Prose
Age 9 and Under
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3095
3096
3097
3098
3099
3100
Bible Reading
Age 7 and Under
Age 8-9
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-16
Age 17-18
Open
3101
3102
3103
3104
3105
3106
3107
Sight Reading
Age 9 and Under
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-16
Age 17-18
Open
3108
3109
3110
3111
3112
3113

Drama

Dramatic Scene - Monologue
Age 11 and Under
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3127
3128
3129
3130
3131
Dramatic Scene - Duo
Age 11 and Under
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Age 16-17
Open
3132
3133
3134
3135
3136
Dramatic Scene Group
Grade 1-3
Grade 4-7
Junior Secondary
Senior Secondary
Open
3137
3138
3139
3139
3140
3141
Improvisation
Grade 4
Grade 5
Grade 6
Grade 7
Junior Secondary
Senior Secondary
3168
3142
3144
3145
3146
Mime
Age 9 and Under
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-15
Open
3114
3115
3116
3117
3118
Puppetry
Age 9 and Under
Age 10-11
Age 12-13
Age 14-16
Age 17-18
Open
3147
3148
3149
3150
3151
3152
Shakespeare Solo Scene
Age 13 and Under
Age 14-16
Age 17-18
Age 19-30
Open
3153
3154
3155
3156
3157
Shakespeare Duo
Age 13 and Under
Age 14-16
Age 17-18
Age 19-30
Open
3158
3159
3160
3161
3162
Shakespeare Group
Age 13 and Under
Age 14-16
Age 17-18
Age 19-30
Open
3163
3164
3165
3166
3177