Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria

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What It Takes

Adjudicators will evaluate students and school productions on the execution of various performance and production elements.

STANDARD AWARD CATEGORIES

Overall Production

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/Supporting 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

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).

ADDITIONAL AWARD OPPORTUNITIES

Outstanding Student Director

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.

Outstanding Student Music Director

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.

Outstanding Student Choreographer

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.

Outstanding Student Lighting Design

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.

Outstanding Student Costume Design

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.

Outstanding Student Sound Design

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.

Outstanding Student Set Design

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.

Outstanding Student Makeup Design

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.

Outstanding Student Prop Design

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.

Outstanding Student Stage Management

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Outstanding Featured Student Dancer

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.

Outstanding Student Orchestra

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.

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