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Middle School Monologue Contest

This contest is open to any student in grades 5-9.

The METG invites any student enrolled in any Massachusetts middle school to participate in our annual Monologue Contest.

Monologue Contest Specifics:

  • Each applicant may perform one piece that is one to two minutes in length.
  • Monologue choices must be approved by the applicant’s drama teacher/advisor.
  • When the two-minute limit is reached, time will be called. The contestant must leave the stage and return to his or her seat.
  • Before each audition, the applicant will be allowed to set the stage; one straight-backed chair and one small table will be provided.
  • No additional set pieces will be permitted.
  • Costumes and props are not permitted.
  • Applicants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.
  • No special lighting will be available
  • No live or recorded accompaniment or sound effects are allowed.
  • Your audition should be introduced in the following manner:

"My name is (state name); my piece is from (title of play) by (author); I play the part of (character).”

Judging:

Performances will be evaluated by two adjudicators independently using the METG Monologue Contest Rubric (shown below).

Prizes:

The student with the highest score will receive a cash prize.

Fees:

For member schools there is a $10.00 entry fee per student.

For non-member schools there is a $15.00 entry fee per student.

Application Deadlines:

DEADLINE EXTENSION! Registration will now be accepted online until November 8th.

Contest Date and Location:

The Middle School Monologue Contest will be held on Saturday, December 7th at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers, MA. In the event of a snow emergency, the contest will be held on Sunday, December 8th.

Link to Registration Form:

CLICK HERE

METG Middle School Monologue Contest Rubric

Criteria

Exemplary 4 points

Proficient 3 points

Developing 2 points

Emerging 1 point

Character Development

The actor is “present”; choices are consistent with the overall emotional tone; actor has a solid understanding of the script.

The actor is generally “present”; choices are mostly consistent with the overall emotional tone; actor has an understanding of the script.

The actor is not always “present”; choices are somewhat consistent with the overall emotional tone; actor sometimes has an understanding of the script.

The actor is rarely“present”; choices are not consistent with the overall emotional tone; actor does not have a solid understanding of the script.

Physicality

Natural gestures, facial expressions, and movement enhance message; fit character or role, and have clear motivation.

Gestures, facial expressions, or movements are appropriate, but may be incomplete..

Behaviors, facial expressions, gestures, or movements do not fit the character, or have unclear motivation

No movement, facial expressions or gestures.

Vocal Work

Volume, tone, articulation, and pace achieve a special effect or impact.

Volume, articulation, tone, and pace are appropriate to the content and purpose.

Volume, articulation, tone, and pace need attention.

Volume, tone, articulation, and pace are ineffective.

Overall Presentation

Overall desired effect achieved and left a lasting impression with the audience; is able to perform with no prompting.

Overall desired effect achieved; is able to perform with minimal prompting.

Overall desired effect achieved to some degree; requires some prompting.

Overall desired effect is not achieved; requires significant prompting.

Middle School Monologue Contest

Middle School Monologue Performance Day for student actors in grades 5 - 9.

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