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Middle School Monologue Contest

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

**If you have registered for any contests, you should have received your ID Number via email. If you have not received an ID Number, please send an email to metg@metg.org.**

Video Submission Instructions: Remember - videos MUST be uploaded by January 4, 2021!

Remember, your video should begin with:

"My ID number in the Middle School Monologue Contest is (give number); my piece is from (title of play) by (author); I play the part of (character)."

Instructions For Uploading Your Middle School Monologue Contest Video:
1. Please be sure that the file name is your ID Number and NOT your name. For example, if my ID Number was METG1, my file name would be METG1.mov or METG1.mp4, etc.
2. Click on this link.
3. Fill out all required fields of the Google Form.
4. Click on "Add File" to upload your video.
5. Choose your file from your device.
6. Click "Upload".
7. You should now see your file name in the Video Upload Section.
8. Click "Submit".

A quick note on the upload form, you will see something that says you have to log into a Google account to upload a file - you do not, it will default to the ContestDay@metg.org account if you do not have a Google account.


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

New Process for 2020/2021:

  • Once registration has closed, all students who have registered will receive an Identification Number, a link to upload their contest entry, and directions on how to do so.
  • Contestants will record their monologues/scenes/technical presentations and submit to our online platform.
  • Adjudicators will review all entries and score them on the appropriate rubric.
  • The top 8-10 scores in each category are invited to participate in a recorded zoom call to receive detailed feedback from the adjudicators.
  • A final “Winners’ Announcement” stream will take place to highlight the individual projects/performances from each category.
  • Additionally, a stream of all projects/performances from each category will be created so students can see every project if they choose.

Monologue Contest Specifics:

  • Each applicant may perform one piece that is one to two minutes in length. Your time begins after your slate.
  • Students may enter a monologue from a published play or *new this year* they may enter an original piece.
  • Monologue choices must be approved by the applicant’s drama teacher/advisor.
  • You may utilize a small table or chair(s) in your monologue/scene, but no other furniture or scenery is permitted.
  • No audio/sound effects 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.
  • Entrants should begin their recording with:
    • My identification number in the Middle School Monologue Contest is (give number); 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.

Important Dates: **Extended Deadlines**

The deadline to register is December 11th.

The deadline to submit your video is January 4th.

If you are in the top 8-10, you will contacted to participate in a panel with the adjudicators by January 15th. That panel will take place the week of January 16th.

The winners will be announced on January 24th.

Contest Date and Location:

The Middle School Monologue Contest will be held virtually this year.

Link to Registration Form:

REGISTER 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

The Middle School Monologue Contest is open to students in grades 5 - 9.

Click here for the 2020/2021 Winners Announcement!

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