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Middle School Monologue Contest

This contest is open to all students in Grades 5-9.

New Process for 2021/2022:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be contacted by the Contest Chair to be assigned a session/time slot.
  • Each design will be assigned an ID Number when you arrive for your session.
  • Adjudicators will watch all in-person entries during their assigned time slot and score them on the appropriate rubric.
  • In-person space will be limited so sign up today! If we reach capacity for in-person, you will have the option to submit virtually. In the event that this occurs, you will be contacted by the METG.

For students who register for VIRTUAL:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be sent an ID Number and information with a link to instructions on how to record and upload their contest entry.
  • Contestants will record their monologues/scenes/technical presentations and submit them to our online platform.
  • Adjudicators will review all entries and score them on the appropriate rubric.

For ALL STUDENTS:

  • Once all in-person sessions have concluded and all virtual submissions have been viewed, the top students in each contest will be invited to a Zoom call with the judges during the week of December 13th where they will meet with students and provide feedback.
  • At the conclusion of that Zoom call, the judges will determine the winners in each contest and a Winners Announcement video will be posted to the METG website and Vimeo page.

Additional Info:

  • Each student attending the IN-PERSON Contest Day will be required to complete an Health Attestation Form prior to arriving at Norwood High School.
  • Students may change their registration from in-person to virtual and vice versa up to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, changes will only be accepted for health safety reasons. Any student who tests positive or is a known close contact and is unable to attend the in-person event will have the opportunity to submit their entry virtually. That submission must be received by Contest Day on December 11th. If you need to make any changes to your registration please contact us at metg@metg.org.


Contest Specifics:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • Each applicant may perform one piece that is one to two minutes in length.
  • Students may enter a monologue from a published play or 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.
  • Your total allotted time is one to two minutes. You will be stopped if your monologue runs too long. Please time yourself when you rehearse.

For students who register for VIRTUAL:

  • Each applicant may perform one piece that is one to two minutes in length.
  • Students may enter a monologue from a published play or 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.
  • Your total allotted time is one to two minutes. The judges will stop watching your recording after two minutes. Please time yourself when you rehearse. Your time begins after your slate.
  • 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)." DO NOT USE YOUR NAME IN YOUR SLATE.

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.

*As always, the METG is committed to providing barrier-free access to student programming for all students regardless of their financial means. If the registration fee poses a hardship, please contact metg@metg.org to request a waiver.

Deadlines and Important Dates:

The deadline to register is November 14, 2021.

If you register for the VIRTUAL option, the deadline to submit your video is December 3, 2021.

If you are one of the top students, you will be contacted to participate in a panel with the adjudicators on Zoom which will take place on the week of December 13th. Please keep those evenings open. As soon as the exact date is available, it will be posted here.

The Winner Announcement video will be posted to the METG website on December 22, 2021.

Contest Date and Location:

The Middle School Monologue Contest will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at Norwood High School in Norwood, MA.

Link to Registration Form:

Middle School Contest Day Registration Form

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.

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