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High School Scene Partner Contest

This contest is open to all high school students in Grades 9-11 only.

Registration is open! Click here to register!

In Person Contest Day is Saturday, December 2, 2023, at Norwood High School in Norwood, MA.

The deadline to register is November 12, 2023. You do not need to have your entry ready at this time, you just need to register!

Contest Specifics:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • The emphasis during the scenes is on presentation and performance.
  • Acting partners must perform one scene, not to exceed three minutes.
  • You may use two chairs and one small table. No additional set pieces, special lighting, or sound will be permitted.
  • A maximum of two hand props are permitted and must be provided by the actors.
  • Costumes are not permitted. Applicants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.
  • You will be given instructions on how to introduce yourself the day of the event.
  • Both students must complete their own registration!

For students who register for VIRTUAL:

  • The emphasis during the scenes is on presentation and performance.
  • Acting partners must perform one scene, not to exceed three minutes.
  • Your total allowed time is three minutes. The adjudicators will stop your video at three minutes. Please time yourself when you rehearse. Your time begins after your slate.
  • Your slate should be presented as follows:
    • "Our identification number in the Scene Partner Contest is (give number). We will be performing a scene from (name of play) by (playwright). Then each student should introduce which character you will be playing." DO NOT USE YOUR NAME IN YOUR SLATE.
  • You may use two chairs and one small table. No additional set pieces, special lighting, or sound will be permitted.
  • A maximum of two hand props are permitted and must be provided by the actors.
  • Costumes are not permitted. Applicants should wear simple clothing that allows for ease of movement.
  • Both students must complete their own registration!

Process for 2023:

For students who register for IN-PERSON:

  • Once registration has closed, you will be contacted by the Contest Chair to be assigned a time slot.
  • 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.

Additional Info:

  • Students may change their registration from in-person to virtual and vice versa up to the registration deadline. After the registration deadline, changes will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Please note, this is the process for the Doug Ingalls Monologue Scholarship Contest, the Scene Partner Contest, the Excellence in Technical Theater Contest, and the HS Festival Logo Design Contest. This process may change for the contests later in the year.
  • Students may only enter one scene.
  • METG High School Contests are open to current high school students within the state of Massachusetts.

Judging:

  • Applicants will be judged on the basis of the actors’ ability to demonstrate concentration, control of material, flexibility and versatility of voice, movement, and expression.
  • Both actors should pursue strong, clear objectives and make varied and specific acting choices.
  • Actors should give evidence of knowing the meaning, importance and place of their scene in the context of the whole play. The performance should be believable and make the audience care about what is taking place.
  • Actors should be prepared to answer any questions from the judges about their scene.

Prizes:

Prizes will be determined by the METG Board of Trustees.


DIRECTIONS TO NORWOOD HIGH SCHOOL: When you arrive, please park in the back of the school and enter by Door 14. That door is the closest to the Dining Hall where registration for each session will take place.

Norwood High School Paul M. Alberta Performing Arts Center:

Norwood High School 245 Nichols St. Norwood, MA 02062

From Rhode Island/Areas South (I-95): Take I-95 North to Exit 11B, merge onto Neponset St.

toward Norwood. In approximately 1.8 miles, at the traffic circle take the 2nd Exit onto Nahatan St. Drive approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Nichols Street. Drive approximately 0.7 miles. Norwood High School will be on your right.

From Springfield/Areas West (Mass Pike I-90): Take I-90 East to Exit 14 onto I-95 South/128, toward the South Shore/Cape Cod. Drive approximately 10.6 miles to Exit 15B, merge onto Route 1 South. Drive approximately 2.7 miles and take the Norwood Center Exit. At the traffic circle, take the 1st Exit onto Nahatan St. Drive approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Nichols Street. Drive approximately 0.7 miles. Norwood High School will be on your right.

From Boston: (I-93): Take I-93 South to Exit 1 onto I- 95 South towards Providence, RI. Drive approximately 3.2 miles to Exit 11B, merge onto Neponset St. In approximately 1.6 miles, at the traffic circle, take the 2nd Exit onto Nahatan St. Drive approximately 1.2 miles. Turn left onto Nichols Street. Drive approximately 0.7 miles. Norwood High School will be on your right.

High School Scene Partner Contest

For undergraduate actors! The METG is offering a contest to let you demonstrate your talent with a partner in an acting scene.

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