Categories & Criteria

Categories & Criteria

Categories & Criteria

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Award Categories

Each production is evaluated against itself for consideration, rather than against all other school productions, thus encouraging schools to create the best possible work for their unique circumstances and environment.

Awards will be assigned for each category to a top percentage of all submitted productions. Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence for high school musical theatre and play productions, as well as student performances, are based on adjudication scores and recommendations.

Participants will be notified of their nomination when the contact teacher receives the adjudication feedback for a particular production. Winners will be chosen from the nominated students.

In addition to the core adjudicated awards, the Miami Valley High School Theatre Awards features Special Recognition Awards. These awards offer theatre directors an opportunity to nominate students for Merit and Excellence in specific categories. Theatre directors will be able to nominate students for these awards on the performance detail forms completed closer to the date of the production.

ADJUDICATED AWARDS

Overall Production Musical or Play

  • Overall execution of artistic direction (including directing, music directing, choreography, etc.).
  • Overall execution of production design (including sets, lights, costumes, sounds, props, etc.).
  • Flow/pacing of scenes and/or musical numbers.
  • Communication of story and overarching themes to audience.
  • Level of professionalism and teamwork demonstrated by cast and crew.
  • Overall quality of acting.

Lead Role in a Musical or Play (Actor/Actress)

  • Strength of physical choices on stage (specific gestures used by actors, use of stage presence/body language).
  • Emotional believability (depth of character).
  • Presence of active objectives (character working towards a goal).
  • Relationship with other characters (listening/reacting to others).

Supporting Role in a Musical or Play (Actor/Actress)

  • Strength of physical choices on stage (specific gestures used by actors, use of stage presence/body language).
  • Emotional believability (depth of character).
  • Presence of active objectives (character working towards a goal).
  • Relationship with other characters (listening/reacting to others).

Ensemble in a Musical or Play

  • Overall quality of ensemble (including depth of characters, presence of active objectives, and the relationship with other characters).
  • Strength of vocal and physical choices; relationship with other characters (listening/reacting to others); and commitment to roles.
  • Articulation and diction; projection and volume; breath support; pitch and tone; rhythm and pace; and variety (speaking with expression).

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS (THEATRE PROGRAM DIRECTOR NOMINATED)

Featured Student Dancer

Awarded to a featured student dancer displaying excellent dance technique and execution in a nominated play or musical. Students nominated should be obviously and specifically featured within the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall dance performance by the featured dancer telling the story within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Emotional believability of the featured dancer throughout his/her performance.
  • Physical connectivity of the featured dancer’s body and movement to the sound accompaniment of the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall execution of dance technique by the featured dancer to tell the story within the nominated scene/number/show.

Student Choreographer

Awarded to a student choreographer of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in choreography and the execution of that choreography. Students nominated should be solely responsible for executed choreography, physical spacing throughout the number, stylization of movement/choreography, and overall pacing of the scene/number within the entire show.

  • Overall performance of the choreography within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Effective use of physical spacing throughout the number.
  • Overall effectiveness of the stylization of choreography within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall pacing of the scene/number/play/musical.

Student Costume Design

Awarded to a student designer of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in costume design and the execution of that design. Students nominated should be solely responsible for proper use of line, texture, and color, used makeup and/or hair/wigs that contributed to characterization, and defining the period of the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall vision and artistic design of the costumes within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall use of line, texture, and color within the costume design to distinguish characters on stage.
  • Overall use of makeup and/or hair/wigs to enhance characterization of actors on stage.
  • Overall use of costume design to define the time period within the scene/number/show.

Student Director

Awarded to a student director of a nominated scene/number or play/musical for overall excellence in vision and the execution of that vision. Students nominated should be solely responsible for planned stage pictures, use of the entire space, and overall pacing of the scene/number within the entire show.

  • Overall vision and artistic performance of the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Effective use of stage pictures.
  • Effective use of the space including the stage, set, levels, and performers.
  • Overall pacing of the scene/number/play/musical.

Student Lighting Design

Awarded to a student designer of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in lighting design and the execution of that design. Students nominated should be solely responsible for using lighting to move attention of the audience to the action in the scene and overall visibility of the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall vision and artistic design of the lighting within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall use of the lighting design, including specials, gobos, spotlights, etc., to help differentiate spaces within nominated scene/number/show.
  • Effectiveness of using light during transitions, which include the start of the show, between scenes, and curtain call.
  • Technical execution of the lighting design to see the action on the stage.

Student Makeup Design

Awarded to a student designer of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in makeup design and the execution of that design. Students nominated should be solely responsible for used makeup techniques including but not limited to blending, color, aging, and special effects, and overall contributed characterization that makeup contributes within the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall vision and artistic design of the makeup within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Technical execution of makeup blending, colors, aging, and/or special effects to enhance characterization of actors within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall functionality of hair styles, facial hair, and/or wigs to enhance the characterization of actors within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Practicality of the makeup design fitting naturally within the world of the play/musical.

Student Music Director

Awarded to a student musical director of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in musical direction and the execution of that direction. Students nominated should be solely responsible for musical expression and dynamics of characters, shaping character specificity, and incorporating healthy posture for actors within the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall vision and artistic performance of the musical qualities within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Effective use musical expression and vocal dynamics of characters.
  • Relationship between characterization and the musical elements within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Incorporation of healthy posture and vocal support within the nominated scene/number/show.

Student Orchestra

Awarded to a student orchestra (in entirety) of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in performance and technique. Students nominated should be clearly identified and consistently participating as the orchestra of the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall musical performance of the student orchestra telling the story of the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall quality of sound (pitch, dynamics, timing, timbre) created by the student orchestra during the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall connection of the student orchestra to the performers on stage to tell the story within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall technical execution of music technique by the student orchestra within the nominated scene/number/show.

Student Prop Design

Awarded to a student designer of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in prop design and the execution of that design. Students nominated should be solely responsible for practicality of props used, consistency of prop design, and the selection and/or building of all props used within the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall artistic design of the props within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Consistency of the prop design within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Practicality of the props fitting naturally within the world of the play.
  • Functionality of the props to help tell the story.

Student Set Design

Awarded to a student designer of a nominated scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in set design and the execution of that design. Students nominated should be solely responsible for providing a logical and suitable setting for the action, use of color, style, and layout that created an attractive/effective environment, and overall pacing of the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall vision and artistic design of the scenic elements within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Overall use of color, style, texture, and layout of the set design to establish the environment/setting of the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Functionality of the scenic design to help tell the story of the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Practicality of the scenic design fitting naturally within the world of the play/musical.

Student Sound Design

Awarded to a student designer of a scene/number or entire play/musical for overall excellence in sound design and the execution of that design. Students nominated should be solely responsible for use of effective sound effects, created mood/tone through recorded sound or music, and established transitions before and/or after the scene/number nominated.

  • Overall artistic sound design within the nominated scene/number/show.
  • Quality and cohesiveness of the sound design within the world of the play.
  • Effectiveness of the mood/tone in the sound design contributing to the world of the play.
  • Sonic transitions between scenes within the nominated scene/number/show.

Student Stage Management

Awarded to a student stage manager of a nominated play or musical for overall excellence in stage management. Nominees are required to submit a small, electronically scanned portion of a prompt book for consideration. Click here for a PDF of the complete submission requirements for Outstanding Student Stage Management.

THEATRE PROGRAM DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR (COMMUNITY NOMINATED)

Theatre Program Director of the Year

Awarded to a theatre director of a participating MVHSTA high school who, through work with their students, embodies the highest qualities of excellence in high school theatre. This nomination must be made by a member of the community. Click here for a PDF of the complete submission requirements for Theatre Program Director of the Year.

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