The art of staging or acting plays.



  1. The performance must be a minimum of three (3) minutes and maximum of five (5) minutes. (Contestants not adhering to the minimum and maximum time requirements are subject to point deduction and/or disqualification.)
  2. All material must be from a published play. Students should not perform poems, sermons, stand- up routines, or excerpts from movies.
  3. The selection must be of literate quality.
  4. The material must be memorized.
  5. Costumes, makeup, and small/minimal props are optional, but not required.
  6. Puppetry, oratory, and forensic pieces may not be used.
  7. Monologues from Musical Theatre is permitted, however accompanying songs may not be used as

part of the piece.

NOTE:  The deadline for submission of national registration documents is May 15, 2020.  No materials or

copies will be accepted after that time or at the National Competition.

Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Projection (10)
  • Structure (10pts):    Does  the  performance  have  transitions/beats  and  a  clear  beginning,  middle,

climax, and end?

  • Memorization (10)
  • Movement (10):    Is  the  blocking  clear  and  does  the  actor  commit  to  and  follow  through  with

his/her movements and gestures?

  • Emotional Connection  and  Honesty  (10):    Are  you  really  “selling”  that  you  are  becoming  this

character or are you simply “play-acting”?

  • Imagination and Creativity (15): Are you bringing something different to the piece or are you just

reciting lines?

  • Stage Presence (10)
  • Character Work (10)
  • Specificity of Acting Choices (10): Clear pursuit of Actions/Objectives
  • Creation of the Space (5)