METG Middle School Monologue Contest 2019

The METG invites any student enrolled in any Massachusetts middle school to participate in our first annual Monologue Contest. The winning contestant will receive a cash prize and will be recognized at the METG Awards Night in the Spring.

Contestants will hand in their application fee and signature of their drama teacher/advisor at the contest on January 26.

Application Deadline:          January 7, 2018  

Fee:                                 $10 for student from member school; $15 for non-member

Contest Judging Day:         Saturday, January 26 at Stony Brook School in Westford
                                (Snow Day: Sunday, January 27)

Contest Guidelines:

  1. Students may perform one piece that is one to two minutes in length.
  2. Monologue choice must be approved by the applicant’s drama teacher/advisor.
  3. The 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) “

  1. When the two-minute limit is reached, time will be called.  The contestant must leave the stage and return to his or her seat.
  2. No live or recorded accompaniment or sound effects are allowed.  
  3. Before each audition, the contestant 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.  
  4. Costumes and props are NOT permitted.  Contestants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.  No special lighting will be available.  
  5. Performances will be evaluated by two adjudicators independently using the METG Monologue Contest rubric.
  6. The three students with the highest scores will be recognized at the METG Contest Award Ceremony in the Spring and the student with the highest score will receive a cash prize.

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.

Comments:                                                                Total = ___________/16