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OUR 2021 ONLINE COMPETITIONS ARE LIVE!

Children with a love for performing and a dream to showcase their talents to the community are being encouraged to enter this year’s Aurora Speech and Drama Competition.

The competition is held annually for school-aged children, and provides experience in and exposure to the performing arts and public speaking.

This will be the inaugural online competition.

Children can choose to perform,

  • Poetry recitals,
  • Impromptu performances,
  • Dramatic character monologues in costume
  • Duets Group dramas in costume
  • Prose Readings
  • Story Telling
  • News readings – Television and Radio
  • Prepared speeches are between two to four minutes in length
  • Singing – solo and group

The competition is open to all school-age students, they don’t need to be in private drama classes or do drama at school. 

“Competitors select what they want to perform. This can be material from their favorite poet or author, or they can perform their own material.”

The syllabus is available on the happy gainers website, with more information and requirements of entry.

Entries are done online and close on

  • “We have three nationally recognized adjudicators judging the competitions. Every competitor receives a feedback sheet from the adjudicator with guidance on how to improve their craft.”
  • Award certificates and monetary prizes are given to the top performers in each category

A performer who has made the effort to prepare work should use care and thought when selecting clothes to wear at the performance. Smart dress is a courtesy to the audience and unless the performance calls for it (as in some drama or dance classes) flamboyant or very casual clothes should be avoided. Skirts always look shorter on a platform, and, especially where the piece relates to a historical setting, or a mature character part, it may be more appropriate to wear a longer skirt. Female cellists and guitarists may find trousers more comfortable than skirts.

Instruments should have been tuned prior to the class, so that only minor adjustment is required on the platform. When a music stand is used it should be placed so that it does not obscure the audience’s view of your playing.

A performance starts before the first note, and finishes after the last one. Wait quietly until the adjudicator is ready, taking a few deep breaths, so that you begin your performance feeling comfortable. A slight bow to the adjudicator and audience at the end is a courtesy which rounds off your performance (don’t forget to acknowledge the accompanist, if you are using one). Leave the platform without hurrying..

Attention to these points helps a great deal to develop a higher standard amateur public performance

01.Verse Speaking

  • Poems should be announced by the competitor at the start of the video, naming the title and author. Timing of own choice poems starts after this announcement. The verse should normally be spoken from memory.
  • The title of the chosen own choice poem needs to be stated at the time of entry and a copy of the own choice poem for the adjudicator must be emailed to the Entries Coordinator by the video submission date.
  • Details of how to prepare and upload videos will be provided shortly after the entry has been received.

02. Prose Reading

  • The choice of passage should be announced by the competitor at the start of the video, naming the title and author.
  • The title of the chosen passage does not need to be stated at the time of entry.
  • Details of how to prepare and upload videos will be provided shortly after the entry has been received.

03. Solo Drama

  • For a single actor performing an extract from any modern play, novel, film, radio or TV script written after 1910. Time limit 3 minute sentries to be performed from memory.  A small amount of props and costume may be used but are not essential.
  •  Passages should be introduced by the competitor at the start of the video naming the title and author. Timing starts after the announcement.
  • The title of the chosen passage needs to be stated at the time of entry, and a copy for the adjudicator must be emailed to the Entries Coordinator by the video.

Age Limit & Time Duration 

  • A. Primary                  3 minutes
  • B. Junior                     5 minutes
  • C. Intermediate         6 minutes
  • D. Senior                     8 minutes

04. Group Acted Scene

For 2 to 4 actors, Own choice. The age * of the oldest competitor determines which class to enter. Entries can either be an extract from any play, novel, film, radio or TV script or be written by the group.  Entries can take the form of Zoom/Teams meetings or may be edited together. Time limit 5 minutes.

05. Drama Group Acting

For 5 to 10 actors, Own choice. The age * of the oldest competitor determines which class to enter. Entries can either be an extract from any play, novel, film, radio or TV script or be written by the group.

Age Limit & Time Duration

  • A. Primary             5 minutes
  • B. Junior                7 minutes
  • C. Intermediate    8 minute

06.Poetry

Intended to convey ideas, experiences, and emotions by way of purposely structured language. Entrants may choose any type of poetry, being sure to match performance choices to the author’s intention and the poem’s style . 

Age Limit & Time Duration 

  • A. Primary             3 minutes
  • B. Junior                4 minutes
  • C. Intermediate     5 minutes
  • D. Senior                 6 minutes

07.Storytelling (Original)

Considered an unpublished story written by the Entrant, delivered in a vivid style that feels extemporaneous. Themes range widely and may include, for example, mysteries, heroism, or fairy tales. Entrants are encouraged not to equate “storytelling” with immature subject matter or young audiences.

Age Limit & Time Duration 

  • A. Primary              3 minutes
  • B. Junior                 4 minutes
  • C. Intermediate      5 minutes
  • D. Senior                 6 minutes

08.Storytelling (Non-Original)

Considered a published story not written by the Entrant, delivered in a vivid style that feels extemporaneous. Themes range widely and may include, for example, mysteries, heroism, or fairy tales. Entrants are encouraged not to equate “storytelling” with immature subject matter or young audiences.

Age Limit & Time Duration 

  • A. Primary                 3 minutes
  • B. Junior                    4 minutes
  • C. Intermediate         5 minutes
  • D. Senior                     6 minutes
  • E. College                   6 minutes

09.Speech (Original: Persuasive)

Considered an unpublished discourse with the general purpose of persuasion, written by the Entrant and delivered in a style that feels extemporaneous, appropriate to the imaginary circumstances, and suitable to its specified audience.

Age Limit & Time Duration

  • A. Primary               3 minutes
  • B. Junior                 4 minutes
  • C. Intermediate      5 minutes
  • D. Senior                  6 minutes

10.Speech (Non-Original)

Considered a published discourse from any historical period, delivered in a style that feels extemporaneous and appropriate to the original speaker’s intent. Motivational speeches done by different speakers too are  eligible for the competition

Age Limit & Time Duration

  • A. Primary                   3 minutes
  • B. Junior                      4 minutes
  • C. Intermediate           5 minutes
  • D. Senior                      6 minutes

11.News Reporting/TV Presenting

For a group of 2 to 5 entrants. Entries should use the theme of either Happiness, Our Lives or Talking Pets. The age of oldest competitor determines which class to enter.  Entries can either be as a to camera News report (News at 10 style) or as a Magazine style show. (In the style of This Morning).  All group entries can be edited. 

Time limit 5 minutes

12.Solo singing

Solo Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques.  Singer perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments or a background, music.

   

13.GROUP SINGING

Group singing requires participants to engage with each other in a simultaneous musical dialogue in a pluralistic and emergent context, creating a coherent cultural expression through the reflexive negotiation of (musical) meaning manifest in the collective power of the human voice.

Age Groups

Age is the age on 1st September 2020 so that all the entrants in a class are in the same school year.

Within each type of class there are classes for the following age groups

  • 5 to 6 years
  • 7 to 8 years
  • 9 to 10 years
  • 11 to 12 years
  • 13 to 15 years
  • 16 to 18 years

The first time that you apply, you will need to register.

Payment Fee & Registration

Registration should be done prior the entry , When you register once ,you will be eligible to enter free  for competitions for the on coming years too Registration fee 2,000LKR

Payment of the  Registration  Fee must be included with the Application form as part of Phase One 

The Entry Fee covers processing, administration costs, and adjudication.

Solo performers, the  Entry fee is  4750LKR per Entrant per category

For duologues (two performers), the  Entry fee is 2750LKR per Entrant per category

for groups (more than two performers), the fee is  1750LKR  per Entrant per category

(Note: duologues and groups are considered as one (1) entry, but require individual Entrant fees.)

There will be consent in pricing  for solo entries, when you enter for more than one category

Entry fee for single solo performance would be  4750LKR

Entry fee for two solo performances would be  7500LKR

Entry fee  for three  solo performances would be  10000LKR

Entry fee  for four   solo performances would be  12000LKR

Adjudication Process

Our panel of highly qualified and independent judges will adjudicate the materials. Students of the judges or anyone affiliated with the judges are not allowed to enter the competition. Communication with the adjudicator(s) by and/or on the part of Entrants, Associates, teachers, coaches, or parents prior to and during the adjudication process is prohibited. Decisions are final and cannot be appealed; adjudication comments will not be disclosed.

Evaluation process

Entries will be evaluated by the following criteria, on a scale from one to ten. In the matter of duologues and groups, each Entrant will be assessed individually, and then those scores averaged for a final score.

  • Unsatisfactory                           1 – 2
  • Needs improvement                 3 – 4    
  • Satisfactory                                5
  • Good                                            6- 7
  • Excellent                                     8- 9
  • Outstanding                               10

Physical Presence

  • Confidence,
  • connection to audience,
  • personality
  • Eye Contact
  • Body Language
  • Poised
  • Command

Voice

  • Authentic
  • Vocal variety
  • Vocal flexibility
  • Volume
  • Pace & Rhythm
  • Articulation
  • Intonation

Artistry Performance

  • Choices

  • Emotional and intellectual content and application

  • Language

  • Interpretation

  • Difficulty
  • Appreciation
  • Delivery

Text Honoring the written word

  • Sharing the spoken thought
  • Words Added
  • Omitted

  • Mispronounced

  • personal Connection

Overall Performance Considered an aesthetic recognition of the sum being greater than the parts

1 – 5             6 – 7                   8 – 9               10

From the adjudicated submissions, Winners will be chosen to perform at the Showcase. They should plan on arriving at least 24 hours prior to the start of the Showcase. Information packages will be provided to Winners in advance of travel.

Awards & Winners’ Showcase

Winners will be invited to perform one piece selected by the adjudicators from the entrant’s submitted repertoire. The selection of the Winners will be based solely on the judges’ adjudication of the video recordings submitted for entry.

Various winners may be chosen in each of the repertoire category and in each age group.

The awards granted to Winners will include the following:

  • First Place
  • Second Place
  • Third Place

certificates or special awards will be mailed

Winners must perform the selection listed on their entry form, and do so in the manner demonstrated in the original submission.

 

Resources

In order to register click here and send back the relevant information
Download the given consent form scan and fill in the necessary details and email it to happygainers.com@gmail.com