DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE (Female Only)
PERFORMANCE EVENT PLEASE REFER TO PLATFORM GENERAL GUIDELINES BEFORE PREPARING DRAMATIC MONOLOGUE.
A contestant characterizes an individual, expressing that individual’s thoughts, emotions, and reactions in a particular set of circumstances or events relevant to that individual. The presentation must be in the first person. Contestants must write and perform this original dramatic presentation. The intent is to convey dramatic skills in which the contestant demonstrates ability and training in acting and script writing.
1. The contestant may choose: a. Historical character and setting b. Biblical character and setting c. Fictional/imaginary character and setting
2. Contestant should wear a costume or garment that helps create a mood.
3. Contestants are allowed ONE hand-held prop. No set is permitted.
4. The monologue must be memorized.
5. An affidavit is required as proof of contestant’s work.
6. Time limit is four (4) minutes minimum, six (6) minutes maximum. If competition piece does not meet the four (4) minute minimum or exceeds the six (6) minute maximum time limit, the contestant will receive a .5-point deduction for any portion of thirty (30) second increments outside the allotted time. (For example, a piece timed at 3:42 would receive a half-point deduction from the total score. A piece of 6:42 would receive a deduction of a full point from the total score.)
Students appearing in any platform competition should observe these important points, as they will enter into the judging process. Carelessness on these points could detract from an otherwise excellent presentation. In most categories, males will compete only against males, and females will compete only against females. A student may not use the same entry in competition if he/she placed in the top six at the International Student Convention with that entry in a previous year.
Gentlemen: Dress shirts, ties, and jackets should be worn for all Platform Events with the following exceptions:
1. School uniforms, or a tuxedo with either a vest or cummerbund without a jacket may be worn to perform.
2. Jackets are not required for PACE Bowl or Puppets.
3. Jackets and ties are not required in the following categories: One Act Play, Dramatic Dialogue, Illustrated Storytelling, Clown Act, Famous Speech
Ladies: Nice church outfits should be worn for all Platform Events with the following exceptions:
1. School uniforms may be worn to perform.
2. Formal attire that meets the modesty requirements for Student Convention may be worn.
3. Formal attire or church outfits are not required in the following categories:
One Act Play, Dramatic Dialogue, Dramatic Monologue, Illustrated Storytelling, Clown Act.
All dummies, puppets, and characters in plays should conform to A.C.E. dress and hair codes (obvious exceptions: George Washington in powdered wig; apostle Paul in robe, etc.).
Poise - Self-Confidence
Approach - The approach is one of the most important elements in speaking, public reading, or singing. The contestant should walk confidently and briskly to the podium or front of the room and establish eye contact, pause for 5-10 seconds, and begin his presentation.
Eye Contact - The contestant should establish rapport with the audience by good eye contact. He should avoid looking down often at his notes or Bible, at the ceiling, or out of the window. His eyes should move up and down, back and forth, over the entire audience slowly and naturally.
Posture and Gestures -The rule for posture is DO NOT SLOUCH!! The contestant should stand straight, but not lock his/her knees. Gestures should be free and flow naturally from enthusiasm. Natural movements are more effective than forced gestures. Feel free to utilize the space on the stage or presentation area.
Delivery - The speaker should project his voice, using the diaphragm. Recreate the mood, experience, emotion, and feelings of the author. Employ voice variations and tempo.
Preparation and study are prerequisites for all speaking, reading, or musical performances. Research, organization, outline, and familiarity are the elements of preparation. Students entering any platform competition are encouraged to complete the A.C.E. Speech PACEs (1-6),
Introduction of entry before the judges: Contestants in platform presentations are to give their first and last names and title of presentation distinctly ("My name is John Doe and the title of my oratory is __________________.") For entries involving more than one person, a spokesman should be selected.
JUDGES: This introduction is NOT to be counted as time against their presentation.
All selections and scripts must be memorized. Exceptions: Oral Arguments, Preaching, and Oratory contestants may use outline note cards.
Material should be CAREFULLY CHOSEN OR WRITTEN for platform events to ENSURE that evil characters would NOT be glorified and that the student rehearsing (or the listener) would NOT be forced to dwell on negative or harmful thoughts or ideas.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL AUTHORS/WRITERS FOR ALL PLATFORM EVENT SCRIPTS MUST BE GIVEN PROPER CREDIT.
HINTS FROM PUBLIC SPEAKING JUDGES
In public speaking, the key word is CONVINCING! Whether you present a dramatic
monologue, a famous speech, or a recitation, your task is to convince the listener that these are your words, your thoughts, and your feelings. If you are portraying a specific character, you should make the audience believe you really are that person. Many factors contribute to a convincing performance: costuming (if allowed), gestures, posture, voice inflection, and emotion. Match each carefully to your script and character. Perhaps the most frequent comments from the judges deal with "emotion." Emotion should be carefully balanced. If you portray too little emotion, your performance will appear bland and colorless. If you portray too
much emotion, you will appear harsh, phony, and overbearing. Also be careful that your emotion does not detract from clear, crisp, easily understood diction. The key - preparation and practice! Practice in front of a mirror and use every opportunity to perform before others.
Remember, the A.C.E. Speech PACEs (1-6) are a wonderful resource tool.
Checklist for ALL Platform Competition
1. Three (3) copies of the outline, script, speech, sermon, play, or story must be brought to Convention. Each copy is to be typed, double-spaced (typewriter or computer) in a clear plastic folder with the student's name, school name, customer number, school address, and telephone number visible on the front of EACH copy. Two (2) copies of outlines, scripts, etc. will be returned after your performance by the Chief Judge. One (1) copy of the material and your photo will not be returned. Time permitting, Judge’s Forms (with comments) will be returned at the Regional Student Convention.
2. Photo: Submit a color photo (snapshot or Polaroid) simulating the performance. This is VERY IMPORTANT! Write name and complete school name, customer number, and school address on back of photo.
3. Judge's Forms: Submit three (3) copies, properly filled out.